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    All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    Windows can't find any of my executible files. All are on my computer as I found out when I did a search.. At first, I thought I had a virus but Symantec's free virus check gave my computer a clean bill of health.

    I can't use Run, IE, Windows Explorer, or any shortcuts. The only thing available is the printer and eBay's shortcut on my desktop. I had to use it to reach the Internet and this forum.

    Please send any help and suggestions to monsoon843@comcast.net. It's used on another computer.

    I will minimize IE and perhaps be able to return here, if I'm lucky.

    I'm dead in the water, like a ship without a rudder.
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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 19-Sep-03 12:21. )</P>Check and compare the locations of any 'unfound' files - where Explorer says they are and where the shortcut(s) say they should be.

    Have you installed any new software recently? If so, what?

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition S

    Sounds like scumware to me.....

    Spybot S&D

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    It does sound like spyware or some newly found software, Gloria--try running Ad Aware and Spybot and then unhiding all files and folders and searching for them or you can try a free file finder like PC Inspector or one of Karen Kenworthy's Power Tool apps might do it. A mode of Spybot will list your files also and possibly Aida32 (new version on 9/17 will.

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    I worked with a fairly good English speaking tech from Dell. She could not fix the problem no matter how hard she tried. The only left for me to was to format.

    I was under the impression that when you got Windows XP, you're formatting days were a thing of the past. I found out the hard way, that that wasn't the case. I'm up and running but I sure have a lot of work to do, putting most things back.

    I thank you for your suggestion but the problem is solved even though it took all day to fix it..
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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition S

    Hi Doc. Yep, you could be right. Read my post made today and it will tell you how the problem was resolved. Thanks for replying, I can always depend on Doc to rush to my aid.
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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    I would never have expected a solution to come from Dell Tech Support and would have put the odds of the Lounge solving it over any phone Tech support from an OEM at about 10,000 to one. I think it could have been solved without a format and think XP means you format less than 9X given all the variables in the equation. Sorry you had to format Gloria.

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    I am helping a fellow with the same problem. However he opened the email attachment with the SWEN virus last night and that seems to be the problem. I have tried all of the solutions suggested by Norton, Trendmicro, Sophos, etc. Nothing works because the exe files will not run. REGEDIT will not run. System Restore will not run. Every executable file I try - I get a window saying the file can not be found. I have tried several tools that were supposed to fix SWEN - they won't run. I have tried to run ADAWARE and SPYBOT - they will not run. I have tried to download and update norton's definitions - the executable file will not run. Norton AV will not run. I am very close to advising a reformat and reload. The computer is an HP running WIN XP HOME.

    I did find references to the SWEN viruson the system and TRENDMICRO's virus scan (over the net) said it found TROJ_SLIME.A which is supposed to reinfect every time an executable file is run. Then surprisingly, Norton's scheduled virus scan ran and found no viruses. Of course, I am not sure if the definitions include the latest update for SWEN. What a mess.

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    For SWEN purposes, the trick appears to be to find one that does not require an EXE. The poster was able to run IE, so possibly a web page might be able to use the Windows Script Host to edit the Registry. Security policy should bar it from running from the web, but if saved to the desktop first, perhaps... but no time to code it tonight.

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 19-Sep-03 21:59. Made my modifications, and what I was quoting, clearer, I think)</P>Can you run through Trend Micro's step-by-step? It advises first killing the trojan process and then renaming REGEDIT.

    Unfortunately there appears to be a typo or two in the instructions, as the line breaks make no sense and there's no reason to rename the file if you aren't going to run the renamed version. Try this:
    <hr>Enabling Registry Editing

    1. <LI>Type the following commands in a text file and save them as RESTORE.REG:
      <pre>REGEDIT4

      [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionPoliciesSystem]
      "DisableRegistryTools"=dword:00000000 </pre>

      <LI>Then in the command prompt, type the following commands:

      cd %Windows% line break inserted here by me
      copy regedit.exe regedit.com line break removed after regedit.exe and inserted here by me
      regedit.exe RESTORE.REG
    <hr>
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    1. <LI>The first step seems to imagine that you are saving this file into c:windows or c:winnt, whichever is the place you then run it from in the second step. However, if you cannot open Windows Explorer, this could be difficult. From olden times, you can create a file from a command prompt this way:

      * Open a command window (e.g., on XP, Start>run>cmd)
      * Change to the Windows folder (see comments below)
      * At the prompt, enter copy con restore.reg and press Enter
      * The underline cursor should blink below the line. Carefully type (or ardously copy and paste) the contents of the REG file above
      * After the last character, press the F6 key. ^Z should appear on the screen. Press Enter to "copy" (save) the file.

      Duh, I should just post this as a txt, you can download it to your Windows folder and rename it when you save. (Where's my brain tonight?)

      <LI>If the first line of step 2 does not work, type the directory manually, e.g., for Windows NT and 2000:

      <UL>cd c:winnt
    for Windows 98/ME/XP:

    <UL>cd c:windows[/list]If the last line does not work, try:

    <UL>regedit.com RESTORE.REG[/list][/list]I suspect the article will be updated within a few hours as people express befuddlement. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    I went back to Norton's site to find out if they had any new info on SWEN. They did - they suggested making sure that the REGISTRY EDITOR had the proper association to REGEDIT.EXE. Using FOLDER OPTIONS I made that change. But then I got a message saying I had been locked out of using the Registry Editor by the Administrator. I did a google search for that error message and found a VBS script that changed that setting. I was then able to run the REPAIR on the registry and am now able to run EXE files. Am running NAV scan as I type this (on another computer). So far the only problem I have found is that NAV will not turn on AUTO PROTECT or EMAIL SCANNING. But I could reinstall NAV to resolve that - probably.

    But the entire problem with EXE files was related to the SWEN virus.

    Thanks everyone.

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    Howard raised an interesting question you might not have seen yet on the Office thread, and I don't want to cross post anything but it seems in context to this turn on the SWEN virus--he posed the question here that since the SWEN Virus disables using regedit, would a 3rd party regeditor, like say RegEditX and its comanion RegCrawler that Jeff offered on the thread be able to function in the face of SWEN. My guess is it would, but you'd still have to get rid of it.

    Ed. SMBP: I meant get rid of SWEN, not necessarily the 3rd Party reg editor.

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    Glad you found a quick fix.

    If you still have it in your history, can you post a link to the Norton info? Even better, can you post it in the thread looking for it over on the Software board (I think, JohnGray posted the question).

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    Did not find any question by John Gray - the Norton Info is simply their write-up about SWEN with directions on how to fix and remove the virus.
    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcen....swen.a@mm.html

    This is the address for the information. Hope this helps.

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    Re: All .exe files inaccessible (XP Home Edition SP1)

    I was working on a similar problem, though I don't think it was swen-related. Some registry key had hijacked all .exe Applications to run from C:Recycle Binuhxc".exe, but after flushing the trash this file no longer existed, therefore Windows had no access to any application including regedit.exe. The solution came when someone suggested I copy/rename regedit.exe to regedit.com. The rename worked like a charm and got me into the registry so I could finish my repair job. Perhaps this little trick might work to bypass swen's shutting off the normal regedit?

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