On opening a file on a Windows based computer, a different program starts

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asked Feb 19, 2015 by anonymous

Issue:

When you open a file in Windows, such as an .exe, .cmd, .reg, .regedit, .secfile, .com, or .bat file, a different program or file may start. Additionally, the icon for the file may not appear as expected.

This issue may occur due to malware, such as XP Antivirus 2012, XP internet Security 2012, or a variant of the Win32/FakeRean virus.

 

Solution:

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start.
  2. Type Run in the search box and press Enter.
  3. In the Search box, type explorer and then click OK.
  4. Navigate to the Windows directory (e.g. a typical path may be C:\Windows) and locate regedit.exe.
  5. Run Regedit
  6. Right-click on regedit.exe and select Run as administrator. Click Yes to accept the UAC prompt.
  7. Using Regedit, locate and then click on the following registry key:HKeyCurrentUser\Software\Classes
  8. On the left panel, right-click on the following registry subkey:'.exe'
  9. Select Delete and then click OK.
  10. On the left panel, right-click on the following registry subkey:.com'
  11. Select Delete and then click OK.
  12. On the left panel, right-click on the following registry subkey:'.bat'
  13. Select Delete and then click OK.
  14. On the left panel, right-click on the following registry subkey:'.cmd'
  15. Select Delete and then click OK.
  16. On the left panel, right-click on the following registry subkey:'.reg'
  17. Select Delete and then click OK.
  18. On the left panel, right-click on the following registry subkey:'.regedit'
  19. Select Delete and then click OK.
  20. On the left panel, right-click on the following registry subkey:'secfile'
  21. Select Delete and then click OK.

Close Registry Editor.

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