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Old 2007-12-04, 02:05   Link #1
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Unhappy EXE problems

Now THIS is the wierdest thing I've seen any of my PC's do...

I open up my main (this one) and find that seemingly from nowhere it actually refuses to open up any program I tell it to. Trying to open a program will lead me to the "Open With" window, asking me to choose form which program to open it. This occurs from everything from my AVG to Photoshop to System Restore (and even freaking Notepad). And nothing in my Control Panel works, opening a program there always leads to a

"C:/WINDOWS/system32/rundll32.exe Application not found"

message.

I can open certain programs, like Internet Explorer, and I can open programs by opening from files directly (like music). Otherwise, I can't seem to get everything else working here, and I'm not exactly sure how this problem started when only yesterday this unit was working normally.

Opinions? Ideas? Suggestions?
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Old 2007-12-04, 02:19   Link #2
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Google it and you'll find numbers of people who had that problems, apparently because of malware in their system.

Well, try this:
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

I'd advice to scan for malwares and go to a forum that helps with hijackthis logs and post a hijackthis log there.
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Old 2007-12-04, 02:27   Link #3
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Jeez, I haven't seen that message since I stopped using Windows 95/98/ME. tiachopvutru most likely has it right - that message is probably the symptom of a virus or malware. It may be too late, but try using a virus scanner and anti-spyware such as Ad-Aware and SpyBot S&D.

Just out of curiosity, what operating system are you using?
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Old 2007-12-04, 07:03   Link #4
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Google it and you'll find numbers of people who had that problems, apparently because of malware in their system.

Well, try this:
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

I'd advice to scan for malwares and go to a forum that helps with hijackthis logs and post a hijackthis log there.
Got it, and it worked like a charm Thanks man, you're a savior

@Ledgem: Using Windows XP SP3
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Old 2007-12-04, 09:12   Link #5
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Quote:
"C:/WINDOWS/system32/rundll32.exe Application not found"


Whoa, that's not nice, deleting the library that, judging from its name, allows you to run programs :S

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Using Windows XP SP3
Hmm, I suppose you're using the beta test version... that's not something I would really recommend you to do, especially on your home PC. Beta products are always buggy, and with Microsoft's track record...

That is, of course, if that wasn't a typo
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Old 2007-12-25, 15:58   Link #6
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Rats! It's too bad that http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm doesn't have any fixes for Java and Flash Player problems because I'm using Windows XP Pro with SP2.
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Old 2007-12-25, 20:57   Link #7
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Originally Posted by LoweGear View Post
Now THIS is the wierdest thing I've seen any of my PC's do...

I open up my main (this one) and find that seemingly from nowhere it actually refuses to open up any program I tell it to. Trying to open a program will lead me to the "Open With" window, asking me to choose form which program to open it. This occurs from everything from my AVG to Photoshop to System Restore (and even freaking Notepad). And nothing in my Control Panel works, opening a program there always leads to a

"C:/WINDOWS/system32/rundll32.exe Application not found"

message.

I can open certain programs, like Internet Explorer, and I can open programs by opening from files directly (like music). Otherwise, I can't seem to get everything else working here, and I'm not exactly sure how this problem started when only yesterday this unit was working normally.

Opinions? Ideas? Suggestions?
If you still have this problem:

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1. Put the Windows XP CD ROM disk in the CD ROM drive.
2. Click Start, and then click Run.
3. Type expand X:\i386\rundll32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe in the Open box, where X is the letter of your CD ROM Drive.
4. Restart the computer.
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