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Can't open programs on vista getting message "choose which program to open with"

Q: Can't open programs on vista getting message "choose which program to open with"

I downloaded a file from a bit torrent site and installed it. The file was for autocad 2006 and i thought it was safe (at least i think that was when the problem started)Now I cannot open any programs or even get my computer to start in safe mode.Norton keeps telling me that attempts are happening and giving me an address (ip addresss and net address) and telling me the attempt was blocked. This attempt happens over and over about every 5 minutes.I downloaded hijack this and deleted some files and may have deleted some that shouldn't have been deleted.I don't know if this is a trojan, malware, or spywarewhen I get online it is through norton that i can access it bc opera, firefox, and explorer won't come up.Each time i try to open a file I get an error message asking me which program to use to open it. Also, I can open files if i do so as an administrator.Can someone tell me what this might be or what to look for?ThanksJustin I am not sure if I should put a log file here but in case it is ok to post one it is attached.have run a few cleanup programs and detected a trojan and removed it by running in safe mode and running nortonI cannot run anything from my desktop and have to open everything by running it as an administrator.I also cannot run combofix because i initialize as an administrator then I get the popup that asks me over and over which program to open it with in an endles loop.I can run new logs but need to know what to do first.EDIT: Posts merged ~BP

Preferred Solution: Can't open programs on vista getting message "choose which program to open with"

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Can't open programs on vista getting message "choose which program to open with"

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you are unable to create a log because your computer cannot start up successfully please provide detailed information about the Windows version you are using: What we in particular need to know is version, edition and if it is a 32bit or a 64bit system. If you are unsure about any of these caracteristics, just let us know and we'll help you figuring it out. Please also tell us if you have your Windows CD/DVD handy.Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:

/md5stopPush the button.Two reports will open, copy and paste them in a reply here:OTL.txt <-- Will be openedExtra.txt<--Will be minimizedIn the upper right hand corner of the topic you will see a button called Watch Topic.I suggest you click it and select Immediate E-Mail notification and click on Proceed. This way you will be advised when we respond to your topic and facilitate the cleaning of your machine.After 5 days if a topic is not replied to we assume it has been abandoned and it is closed.regards myrti

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Hi: my first post and I need help. It seems like I have a very nasty virus and I admit I feel very stupid.

I use Vista 32 bit Service Pack Two.

Basic Problem: I cannot open Word, Disc Clean up, RKILL, Malaware OR ANYTHING. That is because every time I try I keep getting a regular looking dialog box with this exact message:

In Blue Bar accross the top "Open With"
Then in grey area : "Choose the Program you want to open this file"
File iexplore.exe

Now in White area : Internet Explorer Microsoft Corporation (with the regular Microsoft logo)
Other Programs
When I hit the + These programs show up: Adobe, Media Center, itunes, Word, Notepad, Paint, Real Player

Of course none of these work. Then there is BROWS . . . IF NONE OF THESE WORK BROWSE THE WEB
AGAIN, nothing works

Steps I have taken to try to fix.

Run Internet Option to remove browsing. FAIL

Finally got the rkill--and got this message in my notepad :
This log file is located at C:\rkill.log.
Please post this only if requested to by the person helping you.
Otherwise you can close this log when you wish.

Rkill was run on 04/21/2011 at 21:51:01.
Operating System: Windows Vista ™ Home Premium
Processes terminated by Rkill or while it was running:

Rkill completed on 04/21/2011 at 21:51:05.

Running SuperAntispyware for the THIRD time in Safe Mode. These pop up:
System.broken file association 2
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A:error message Open With --Choose the Program You want to use to open this program

Update, I can't get into Malaware. I did not have this previously loaded on my computer. When I try to load it I get

I try that and I get
File not found.


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Open With, Choose Program Problem

When I right click on a file, any file and from the list of options I choose "Open With", the menu then shows several programs, the last option being "Choose Program".

When I click on this "Choose Program" it always used to display ?Browse? but now does not and instead I get an error message as below:

?This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel?.

How can I remove this error message and get the "Choose Program" dialog box to display the ?Browse? options of programs to choose from again?

I am using Window XP Professional, Version2002, Service Pack 3.

A:Open with choose program error message

First off, Right click the file and Properties. what is the files extension? (ex) .jpg, mp4, .pdf etc. Next you must Google what program opens this extension. If you have that program already installed, then in Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/File Types scroll down to the extension (ex) .jpeg or whatever, and select the program that opens it (ex) Windows Picture and FAX viewer or whatever.

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I had been using my Dell Inspiron 531 in Safe Mode with Networking for a while, after applying Roxio Easy Media Center 9. I didn't worry when my CA antivirus subscription ran out because I figured Safe Mode would give adequate protection. I ran a system restore recently. Then I installed Norton Internet Security 2009 right away, and ran full system scan several times, which found and fixed more than 200 security risks (oops!). Now I can run the machine outside of Safe Mode which is great, except for a new issue -- whenever I try to open virtually any .exe, I get blocked by the message:

"Choose the program you want to use to open this file."

I suspect some malware messed with the registry during the restore. I tried to run system restore again, but that too gets blocked by the new problem.

In researching the problem, I found some related hits for XP, but none that seemed to be specifically for Vista.

Any suggestions?

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whenever i right click on a file and go to 'open with' and click on 'choose default program', i get get the following error below:

"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel."

now i am an experienced user and i am in the IT field but for the life of me i cant figure this one out. the following are some examples of file types, avi, jpeg, mpeg, txt, etc...
these files do indeed open fine with the program i have set as the default program for these files. they are also properly associated in the default programs option in vista. I sometimes for one reason or another want to open a file with a different program which is why i go to 'open with' but i dont want to have to continue to keep changing my default programs to open files.
now i have gone in the registry and manually added some of the programs to the open with context menu for some of the file extensions but i dont want to do this for all of them.
i suspect that there is some corrupt/missing dll file or reg key some where but i have yet to track it down.
everything else runs fine. vista runs great except for this 1 problem. if anyone knows a fix or even the location of the dll/reg key/file that may be corrupt then i would greatly appreciate it.
i do have backups that i can use to restore the corrupt/missing files if needed.

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A:Open with...choose default program error on Vista.

Hello Yankz23, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if doing a System Restore using a restore point dated before you got this error may help fix it for you.

Hope this helps,

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Friends vista machine.  When selecting any .exe, this is what I get  "choose the program you want to use to open this file".
did a online eset scan [cleaned 6 issues].  No change

A:Vista "choose the program you want to use to open this file" hijack?

Hello can you post the section showing the found infections? Run MBAM... Note when you save the file save it as .com not .exe .. if you still have trouble see the Chameleon option below. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Important!! When you save the mbam-setup file, rename it to something random (such as 123abc.exe) before beginning the download.Malwarebytes may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet and double-click on the renamed file to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.Malwarebytes will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button and continue.If you cannot update Malwarebytes or use the Internet to download any files to the infected computer, manually update the database by following the instructions in FAQ Section A: 4. Issues.Under the Scanner tab, make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Click on the Scan button.When the scan is complete, click OK, then click the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.Make sur... Read more

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Foremost, Let me thank you in advance for any assistance you may provide. What you're about to read may be a mouthful however I am doing as I was instructed to do in being very specific and detailed. This is in response to
Thread: NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help | http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/...lp-305963.html
My Issue:

As of 4th July 2009 weekend my system has been operating quirky and buggy. In my troubles I've installed Avast Anitvirus. Now around that time, one day I can recall returning to my computer and it had shutdown on its own, although my system remains on idle the majority of the week by the way. Upon turning on the computer and booted up I got a notification window stating that Windows had been updated and restarted (turned off). At that point, when attempting to open a program (by clicking on any of my icons on the desktop) the computer would quirk and reboot. After several attempts, eventually it resulted in a continuous reboot, window would repeatedly restart. If I can remember correctly, in the process I got some prompts then eventually a dreaded blue screen perhaps something about windows couldnt find or load a file, i think it had a .dll extension. Well, in conclusion, thats when I decided to perform some tech procedures, check boot sequence, BIOS, the usual troubleshooting. Threw in the Windows XP for a Install repair. After having done the XP repair option it seemed to have made progress beacause I... Read more

A:Local :C Drive Doesnt Open on Double Click, Prompts to Choose a Program to open file

Hello and welcome to TSF.

I Apologize for the late response.

If you still require assistance, we would like to see the latest state of your system. So, please post a fresh DDS log and a new GMER log as described in this topic. In your reply, I would also like to know any symptoms you may still have and how your computer is running at the moment.


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Please note that the forum is very busy and if I don?t hear from you in three-five days this thread will be closed.

With Regards,

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Anytime I try to open anything on my desktop I get this message popping up and don't know what to do for it, I tried to follow instructions on another post but on a step something wasn't working out right and I got stuck. Can someone explain what to do to fix this again?

A:Solved: Open with help. (Choose the program you want to use to open this file:)

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I am answering a previous thread that has been closed. For Windows XP users. If you try to open your c drive and it gives you the dialog box asking what program to open it with, and it does the same when you right click the drive and click on explorer, it is a problem with file association. None of the fixes stated in the previous thread worked but I have found a easy solution for anyone that needs the fix.

go to http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
there will be a link called "Drive Association Fix (Restores default settings for hard drives)"
download this file and save it onto your hard drive (it will be a zip file)
extract the zip file and double click on the file extracted.
it will ask you to confirm the selection, click yes and your problem will be fixed.
It is a regristry file that only restores the defaults for Windows XP. If you have a different OS then you need to look for the same thing that will restore the defaults for whatever OS you have.

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Can't open programs on vista getting message "choose which program to open with".
Please help...

A:[SOLVED] Vista &quot;choose program to open with&quot;

Is this happening with just one specific file? Or all files/programs?

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I have noticed that several programs, such as Windows Photo Viewer, Windows Media Player, Quicktime Player, and VLC Player will either not open or automatically bring up the "... is not responding." message. 
Likewise, the Quicktime, MS Silverlight, and Adobe Flashplayer plug-ins won't operate correctly during certain instances -- the first 2 more so. 
I've never come across such an issue, but first thought it was the result of faulty updates of out the many updates this thing goes through. But now, I'm convinced that is not the case.
Any and all assistance would be much appreciated.

A:Attempt to Open Programs Leads to Failure to Open or Unresponsive Message

Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2 SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me. Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop.* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Ant... Read more

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nothing opens on my window 10 not even comand prompt or registry editor, it says choose a program to open app

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I recently ran Malware Bytes Anti-Malware and appeared to remove a virus, but I can only run programs in administrator, if I don't run the programs in administrator it tells me: "Choose the program you want to use to open this file."

I have Windows 7 32 Bit.

Some of my start up items on my side bar are missing as well (Logitech Set Point for example), and many others. This has to do with registry values I'm assuming? How do I fix this?

Thank you for any help.

A:Choose the program you want to use to open this file

Fixed it, thread can be closed.For those with the same problem and are running Windows 7, try this.

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Everytime I restart my laptop, I get this pop up "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" for a file that has no extension, or at least the extension of the file isn't shown. I tried opening the file with notepad and get some sort of list with the title "Interface List".

I checked my startup folder and it was empty.
This problem only started a few days ago, and I can't recall doing anything different other than installing Symantec Endpoint Protection and running a full scan.

Any suggestions? I can upload print screens if necessary.


A:Choose the program you want to use to open this file!!

Hello numhum, welcome to Seven Forums!

It would also be a good idea to run some other virus scans, at the link below download and install the free version of Malwarebytes, when installed run a full scan of the complete PC, if it finds something run additional scans until it comes clean.
Be sure to keep us informed.
Malwarebytes Free Virus Scanner

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I recently have been trying to set up some default programs for certain file types to open in. When I try to choose a program in the 'Open with...' dialogue box, I am unable to select a new program from the default list. The program I need isn't in that list, but I can't add to the list or choose a different program when I choose to browse for a new program.


A:Open with doesn't let me choose a program

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Hi, I'm a newbie to this site and am hoping someone out there, who is a lot better with computers than me, will be able to help. I am having a very similar problem to the one discussed here:


Norton removed a virus and now I seem to be having problems opening files etc.

I having a very similar problem right down to the scroll function on the touchpad not working. When I try to open programs from my desktop or from the start menu I get the following message:

Choose the program you want to use to open this file.

When I try to open Microsoft Office programs I get the following:

C:/program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\ Office12\EXCEL.EXE

Application not found.


This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel

I can open both Internet Explorer and Windows Live Mail, but they seem to be the only 2 at present.

I have tried your suggested fix - downloading the .exe fix and merging it with the registry. I get the following message:

The keys and values contained in C:\Users\Claire\Desktop\exefix_cu.reg have been successfully added to the registry.

But no change to my problems.

Hope I have given you enough info. I'm not that great at computer jargon so please be patient with me and let me know if you need any more info. Any suggestions and help gratefully received


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I have a problem while opening a drive. when ever i am trying to open a drive with double click it results with a new window(Choose the program you want to use to open this file). This should appear only when i do the right click and select "open with" but, it is appears when ever i do double click.

so, please help me out from this.

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hi i downloaded this game and my icons went all funny they all had a book sign on it and when i click on it it says "what do want to open this file with"
and before that it sayed i had an error i cant completely remember what it said but i think it was error: Windows/System32 and something starting with r not sure now but now it says what do u want to open this program with and theres lots of options i can choose from.

plz help

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I'm on my moms laptop, which she let me bring with me to my dads house, and I downloaded Manycam last night to screen share with my friend. Today, something that I assume was a virus, in the form of a virus scanner, popped up, called Win 7. It kept telling me to buy their product because my computer was at risk. I showed my dad and he told me to download Malware, and I did and did a real virus scan. I had 26 virus (At least 6 trojan), which were all removed. I rebooted her computer and tried to open Firefox. It told me "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" The only reasonable one was IE so I chose that one. IE opened and started to load but it closed out, and it told me "Do you want to run or save this file?" I chose run, and then it told me "Do you want to run this software?" I chose Run. Then the whole process started over, and there was no end. The same thing happened when I tried to open IE. I tried to reboot the computer again, but no luck..

Any solutions? (I have until Tuesday to fix this)

A:Choose the program you want to use to open this file

what was the "virus scanner" you used as you have to be careful about ones that pop up whilst on the internet, as the results are fake and will actually install more viruses on when you click download this to remove the viruses, but with your issue you most likely need to re-install windows or get a good quality virus scanner like norton or kaspersky to thoroughly search your computer to remove all the viruses and try to recover the data you may have lost

hope this helps

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Hi, whenever i try to open any program my computer tells me to "choose the program you want to use to open this file" I've checked other posts and the solution was usually to get an exe_registry_fix. Like the other posts i had a virus on my computer and i used avg to get rid of it, but now my pc gives me this problem. I downloaded the registry fix, but whenever i try to "merge"(im using windows 7) it says that the administrator disable registry.. and i am the administrator! any help with this topic would be greatly appreciated.

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I got my PC infected with some spyware and virus from online.

I used avast and AVG to get rid of the virus.

Every time I try to open any program, my PC asks me to "Choose the program you want to open this file". So I have to go to run as administrator and use the file. I tried to go to Control Panel and try using the Add/Remove program to check if there was any program I can use to fix this problem. But none of the programs in the Control Panel work.

even if i try running regedit, a message comes up saying "C:Windows\regedit.exe Application cannot be found"

i tryied a system restore, but there was an error message for that too, i just dont remember what it said
This happens for each and every application in the Control Panel. The next thing I tried to do was go for the Desktop properties. By right clicking on the desktop, I go to properties. It says the same thing.

this is the website i went to inorder to remove the virus i had
Remove Win 7 AntiMalware 2010, removal instructions

I do not want to reboot the entire system as I would lose many important files and softwares from my school. Please Help!!!!PLEASE !!!!

A:Choose a program to open the file???

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I have a file. I want to open it with excel. Or I want to associate this file with Excel
2 questions:
1) How can I open it with excel? I hit browse... then what? Where is Excel's exe file?
2) How can I make Excel one of my choices when I get this dialog window? It has adobe, Word, Notepad, etc. (No Excel)

Thank You,

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Hi yesterday i couldn't open a program so i chose "Open as" and didn't realize i had "always use this program for all files" and now nothing at all will open except my browser and everything is saved as a .EXE file i have windows vista and need help thanks.

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I clicked on a link in a website of a local State Representative. A box came up saying "You have chosen to download a file from this location", and then it asks "What would you like to do with this file?" I chose "Open this file from it's current location". After the file downloaded, it asks "What program would you like to use to open this file?" So far, I have not found anything that will allow me so see the file.

I am assuming that it is a text type file, and I tried wordpad and notepad. What I end up seeing is a whole lot of little symbols with a few words here and there. How do I know what program to "choose" to open this kind of thing?
This has happened to me before with some attachments to emails I received, but I gave up on them!

I hope someone can explain this to a self-proclaimed "computer ninny"!

Thanks for any help,

A:Choose program to open file?

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Last night when I double clicked on my C Drive it asked me to "Choose a program to open with the following file: C:\"! First time seen this here. It was the same for the D Drive as well. I tried googling for this problem and found that few people were also complaining about it, and blaming it on viruses/corrupt system.

Anyway, I scanned with my Anti-Virus, Avast Home Edition on boot and found few viruses and deleted:

C:\Windows\System32\SocksA.exe infected by Win 32:VB-BBA [Trj]
C:\Windows\System32\abgsvc.exe with Win32:Trojan-gen {other}
C:\Windows\System32\wykmjhic.dll with Win32:Trojan-gen {other}


C:\Program file\VideoAddon\isfmm.exe with Win32:Zlob-AIK [Trj]
C:\Program file\VideoAddon\ctmdl.dll with Win32:Trojan-gen {other}

C:\System Volume Information...

I also scanned with Bit Defender and Kaspersky Online Scanners. Kaspersky Online said 'Object is locked... skipped'. I don't know what that means but I uninstalled Avast and downloaded and installed Kaspersky trial version. I Scanned with it and it detected and deleted:

Status Object
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deleted: virus Worm.Win32.AutoRun.sb File: C:\System Volume Information\_restore{3B5EBD63-0BA3-4CB6-8D46-0666EE4E44F9}\RP92\A003605... Read more

A:Choose A Program To Open With The Following File: C:\

Having had an IRC Bot infection, Backdoor.Win32.Rbot,here is something you must consider. Possibly the safest thing you can do is a full format and reinstall of the OS.Win32.Rbot is an IRC controlled backdoor (or "bot") that can be used to gain unauthorized access to a victim's machine. It can also exhibit worm-like functionality by exploiting weak passwords on administrative shares and by exploiting many different software vulnerabilities, as well as backdoors created by other malware. There are many variants of Rbot, and more are discovered regularly. Rbot is highly configurable, and is being very actively developed, however the core functionality is quite consistent between variants.Rbot's main function is to act as an IRC controlled backdoor. It attempts to connect to a predefined IRC server and join a specific channel so that the victim's computer can be controlled. The IRC server, port number, channel and password differ with each variant.Rbot also listens on TCP port 113 to provide ident services, which are required by some IRC servers.Once the victim's computer is under control, the overseer is able to instruct Win32.Rbot to attempt to perform malicious operations such as spreading via administrative shares with weak passwords or the DCOM RPC exploit. The backdoor can also be instructed to:download and execute files from the Internet retrieve system information such as Operating System details retrieve CD keys for certain computer games, if p... Read more

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When I get to the open text box and type cmd, it brings up the "open with" window with all my programs. Where am i supposed to type del c:\.. etc etc

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Hi, would you please help me fix this problem as I've tried and followed the advice from Microsoft and seemed not to work, everytime when I open a file or any program with exe it keeps saying "choose the program you want to use to open this file.".

the link of microsoft is http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=837334

please give me some step by step advice....

A:choose the program you want to use to open this file.


Try the EXE File Association Fix here ........ http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

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I recently removed malware of a fake virus scanner in safe mode. After restarting I am now unable to open .exe files such as firefox, malwarebytes, etc., and instead I am prompted to "Choose the program you want to use to open this file." If I right click and "Run as Administrator" the file will load properly.

Attached are DDS logs and GMER logs.

Thank you,

DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Eric at 17:32:50.82 on Wed 05/11/2011
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6002.18005 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_20
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.3327.1759 [GMT -4:00]
AV: AVG Anti-Virus 2011 *Disabled/Updated* {5A2746B1-DEE9-F85A-FBCD-ADB11639C5F0}
SP: AVG Anti-Virus 2011 *Disabled/Updated* {E146A755-F8D3-F7D4-C17D-96C36DBE8F4D}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
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A:.exe "Choose the program you want to use to open this file"

Hi,Please log in into the account where exe files won't run.Then, make sure extensions are shown, see here how to do this.Then, navigate to the C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Antimalware folder and locate the file mbam.exe in thereRename mbam.exe to mbam.comThen, doubleclick mbam.com. This will allow malwarebytes to open. First use the update tab and check if there are updates. Download the updates.Then, perform a quick scan and let Malwarebytes remove what it found. Reboot afterwards.Post the log from Malwarebytes in your next reply together with a new DDS log.

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I know that there have been a few posts re this message but mine is (I think slightly different. I'd like to locate the file in question in this case 'the' is the file name.

I've run a full malwarebytes scan and it's found nothing.

Any suggestions?


A:Choose the program you'd like to open the file: the

Hello sikm,

Can you post a screenshot? Your post needs some clarification and details.

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Thank you for looking into this..DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK Run by vicki at 11:19:37.42 on Thu 05/12/2011Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1271.933 [GMT -7:00].AV: Symantec Endpoint Protection *Disabled/Updated* {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}.============== Running Processes ===============.C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\Smc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcssvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\SmcGui.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\Rtvscan.exeC:\WINDOWS\explorer.exeG:\dds.scr.============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============.uStart Page = hxxp://www.google.com/mStart Page = hxxp://go.compaq.com/1Q00CDT/0409/bl7.aspmSearch Bar = hxxp://go.compaq.com/1Q00CDT/0409/bl8.aspuInternet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = hxxp://go.compaq.com/1Q00CDT/0409/bl7.aspuSearchAssistant = hxxp://www.google.com/ieuSearchURL,(Default) = hxxp://www.google.com/search?q=%sBHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper: {06849e9f-c8d7-4d59-b87d-784b7d6be0b3} - c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\activex\AcroIEHelper.dllBHO: SSVHelper Class: {761497bb-d6f0-462c-b6eb-d4daf1d92d43} - ... Read more

A:"Choose the program you want to use to open this file"

Hi,Please log in into the account where exe files won't run. In windows NORMAL mode.Then, make sure extensions are shown, see here how to do this.Then, navigate to the C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Antimalware folder and locate the file mbam.exe in thereRename mbam.exe to mbam.comThen, doubleclick mbam.com. This will allow malwarebytes to open. First use the update tab and check if there are updates. Download the updates.Then, perform a quick scan and let Malwarebytes remove what it found. Reboot afterwards.Post the log from Malwarebytes in your next reply.

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Hi, The window that asks what program you want to open this file with comes up automatically. The file name is
exe.reludehcs gerrewop. I run ad aware, spybot other virus programs, none report any problems. Google does not show this file either. It does not cause any problems when closed out, but I am wondering how it got there and if it can be deleted? Thanks for your help. Ken Adding that I am using XP pro s2

A:Choose Program to open with on Boot

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This is happening on Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3.I get the error "Choose the program you want to open this file" when trying to open Firefox. It happens for every other EXE (like calc) as well, but only in Normal Mode. When I'm in Safe Mode, everything works fine.It's weird because I cancel the error and it actually pulls up an Untitled webpage in Firefox and lets me browse.Many sites have mentioned an EXE reg fix which I have merged with my registry in Safe Mode and it has no affect on being able to open EXEs in Normal Mode.Other steps I have taken include a full Spybot S&D scan/removal, a thorough HijackThis scan/removal, GMER scan/removal, ComboFix scan/removal, MalwareBytes Antimalware scan/removal, and ESET's free online virus scanner.I have performed all these diagnostic steps in Safe Mode with Networking.I even went into Set Program Access & Defaults to ensure that Firefox was selected as my default browser.Any other ideas to get rid of this error besides the steps I took above?

A:Choose the program you want to open this file

Did you try a different browser, in case it'a Firefox issue?

Did you try uninstalling/reinstalling Firefox?

Are you saying that you cannot run any .exe file in normal mode...but they all work in safe mode?


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Friends vista machine.  When selecting any .exe, this is what we get:  "choose the program you want to use to open this file"
so far all I've done is a eset online scan [cleaned 6 issues]

A:choose the program you want to use to open this file

1) http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2630-default-programs-set-program-s-default-associations.html
2) http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/19449-default-file-type-associations-restore.html
You should also post in the Am I Infected forum on this site to make sure your system is free of malware

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I had a malware/virus yesterday, which I finally got rid of with a antivirus program, but in the process lost the ability to open programs.

When I try to open an Firefox/Internet Explorer page I get "Choose the program you want to use to open this file." When I try to run Orbit, and other programs I get the same problem. I can open the program by browsing through the computer, but it reoccurs the next time and I have to repeat the process all over again. Looking for one solution to fix this problem across the board.

I have Windows Vista Home Edition

A:"Choose the program you want to use to open...

I suspect that you still have an infection on the computer and suggest that you read the instructions at the top of the Virus and other malware removal forum, and then click on report here to request that your thread be moved to that forum.
There are only a few people there qualified to work on this type of problem, (they have a gold, green or blue shield by their name) and they are VERY BUSY so it could take some time before you receive help (could be 24 hrs +/-)
They are good and I am sure will be able to talk you thru the process to get your system up and running smoothly.
Good Luck and Happy Computing

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Hi Experts,

I am having this problem of choosing the program to open any file. I can not even open regedit.exe as suggested in some other solutions to this problem. I can not run any exe file as it asks me to select the program. I need urgent expert help. I have Vista home premium


A:choose the program you want to use to open this file

Hi and welcome!

Try this: EXEFIX

Unzip the fix and extract the .REG file to the desktop. Right click the .REG file and choose Merge. Note: You need to be an Administrator to apply this fix.

Restart your computer.

If the fix opens as a text file then right click it and select Open With > Choose Program Then, select Registry Editor.

If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.

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When I right click on a file, any file to open I get the "Open With" drop down menu of which the last option is "Choose Program"

When I click on this "Choose Program" it does not have a drop down menu anymore. It has gone missing.

Instead I get this message :: This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel.

How do I get this "Choose Program" dialog box or drop down menu back.

I am using Window XP2


A:Open With, Choose Program Menu is Missing

Are you referring to "Open With"

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Hi Gurus: I am running on Desktop, Win XP Professional, SP3 Ver:5.1.2600.5512Till yesterday this option worked fine, today only i noticed that if I Right click on any file type (e.g. MP3, DLL), Open with -> Choose Program.. Opens Notepad automatically Does not allow me to choose a program as it used to before, I am using SP3 since two weeks now, but only today, this weird selection started happening. Is it that i am hacked??? I did use nlite to generate an .iso for backup purposes, never used this .iso file. In this nlite I opted Tweaks Section -> General Tab -> Explorer -> Associate additional file types with notepad (explanation - Open LST, CFG and NFO files by default). I do not think it has any significance, but wanted to mention anything i did related to notepad association. So any help in this regard is greatly appreciated by me and my kids and my grand kids....

A:Open With => Choose Program Opens Notepad Always

I would try a system restore first of all if that does not help post a reply. Try a few days before the problem then a week or two before the problem if it does not help.

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I have been having problems opening up my adobe documents. I can right click on them and then get the box to choose a program to open it and it will open. But if I go down to the bottom left corner to where that box is to always use that program to open that kind of file is greyed out?

Any tips?


A:Win 7 64 bit (choose a program to open a file, always use selected )

Have you tried setting your "Default Programs" and default file associations?

Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol
Default Programs - Set a Program's Default Associations
Default Programs - Remove a Listed Program

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I got a virus asking me to buy some kind of virus software. Of course I did not buy it. I ran norton antivirus and malware bytes right away. Norton removed a virus and malware did not find anything. After that when I went to click on Internet Explorer and microsoft word it would ask me to pick a program to use to open this file.

I looked around on this site (tech support guy) and I found a post that said to do this......

"Go here File association fixes for Windows Vista and download the fix for EXE files.
Extract the enclosed .reg file to your desktop, then double click it to merge into the registry. "

I did that and all seems to be working fine now. My question is how do I know if the virus or spyware are totally gone off my computer.

Do I need to download a newer version of the malware bytes because mine is about 1 year old?

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I am using Windows 7 Ultimate and when I try to open files using Right Click > Open With and I select Choose Default Program I keep getting an error message like the one below, I copied the picture link from another thread when searching for an answer so disregard the C:\Program Data etc in the address window.

Does anybody know how to solve this issue?


A:Open With - Choose Default Program Error

Check this tutorial by Brink, you'll likely find fix for the particular file association(s) that is/are broken - you didn't mention which one(s)...

Default File Type Associations - Restore

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Hi I'm new here have found this web site very useful, would like to thank everyone for all information provided.

i have spent a few hours trying to fix this today and need some help

when i right click on a JPG file i get open with then click choose default program at the bottom of the menu list.

and i get this

how do i remove the %1 i tried so many different things in regedit,


and removed stuff from here to no avail.

Do you guy & girls have any idea how i can get rid of the %1 ?

A:Fixing the list of Open with / choose default program JPG

Hello pritpalspall, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could download and merge the .reg file for the listed jpg option in the tutorial below to restore it's default association and registry entries that should also restore the default Open with entries as well.

Afterwards, you'll need to set Windows Photo Viewer back as the default program though since the default is the modern Photos app.

Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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Could anyone please give me any advice on how to remove the 'WinRAR archiver' option from my 'Choose the program you want to open this file' box?
Here's a screen snapshot which might help illustrate my question.

Thanks very much!

A:Remove options from 'choose the program you want to open this file'

Hello Yluvs, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This may allow you to remove it.

Open with - Clean Up and Remove Programs

Hope this helps,

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Hi, it would be really great if you guys could help me.

Have I understood it correct, if I am not supposed to use GMER and obtain the "ark.txt" since I have 64-bit? So the only file to zip is the Attach.txt?

It happened about 26 hours ago, I got the Win Secuirty 2012-virus, while streaming NBA online, which denied me access to everything. As Firefox shut down, AVG told me there was two threats. That might have been stupid, but I told AVG do delete them right away. I found this solution: remove Win 7 Antivirus 2012 - uninstall instructions I used the fake activation keys, got acces to internet and bought "Spyware Doctor" as they recommended, and ran it.

At first, when doing a quick scan it found a number of low risk threats, but when I manually scanned the whole computer, it also found a Trojan.Gen, which it located as a application file called "kwu" under users/atle/appdata/local. I dont know if I can just delete this, or? It "fixed" all threats but this one, which it did not manage. I therefore went through with the steps further down on the page, and downloaded and ran: win7_av_fix.reg , removeproxy.exe and Microsoft FixIt. I then tried using Spyware Doctor again, and it still found the Trojan.Gen, but it seems it managed to "remove" the Win Security 2012, because that icon then disappeared on the toolbar.

I restarted the computer, and now I cannot open any file on the desktop, it only asks me to choose from a list ... Read more

A:Win Security 2012 / Trojan.Gen / Cannot open anything, have to choose program

Update, not a bump:

Today, I was not able to post it here in forehand, my dad set up a meeting with a friend of his who is a programmer. He took a look at it for a small charge, while I was there. He did some stuff in safe mode, and also checked the registry and downloaded Malwarebytes Antimalware, ran it and removed threats. After that we also removed the threats that I mentioned in the AppData-folder.

I just got home, and now I can run all programs and open files. He installed Microsoft Security Essentials, so I uninstalled AVG, and turned off Spyware Doctors intelliguard. I have uninstalled Antimalware aswell. Computer seems pretty fine, however just a minute ago Security Essentials reported two threats, trojans, that I asked it to remove which it managed. The computer is also feeling slightly like it is working with something, even though I have not given it any tasks. Shall I consider it fixed? In that case, consider this solved. If not: here is updated DDS:

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_26
Run by Atle at 22:14:49 on 2012-01-13
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7600.0.1252.47.1044.18.3767.1595 [GMT 1:00]
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {108DAC43-C256-20B7-BB05-914135DA5160}
SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {ABEC4DA7-E46C-2F39-81B5-AA334E5D1BDD}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Spyware Doctor *Disabled/... Read more

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I have Windows XP, the computer is a HP.
So I usually use the USB everyday but all of a sudden it won't open when I double click it in My Computer. The only way to open it is to Right Click, and select Open As Portable Media Device.
After I open it that way, I select my Drive, and then I find my files. But, I can't open my files. If I double click it, it just opens up the properties of the file. If I right click, it only gives me the option to Copy, Delete, Rename, and Properties.

How do I fix this problem?

A:I plug in my USB, but then it asks me to Choose a Program To Open The File

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I recently removed a virus that was telling me I had spyware and malware on my computer and asked me to buy a Vista anti-virus package. I successfully removed that virus, but now whenever I try to open anything it asks me to "Choose the program you want to use to open this file". I can open Internet Explorer, but not Firefox. I've read that this is common after removing that virus, but I haven't found anything that offers a fix.

Thanks a ton.

A:Solved: "Choose the program you want to use to open this file

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Hello everyone. This site seems to be very helpful so hopefully you can help me fix a problem on my laptop.

Whenever I try to open a program I'm given the "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" message. I read somewhere that I can fix this issue through running cmd but when I try that I'm told the application (C:\\Windows\system32\cmd.exe) is not found.

Any idea on what I can do? Thanks.

edit: sorry about the typo in the title.

A:nt t"Choose the program you wao use to open this file" Windows 7 problem

Hi Mmage

The issues your having can be resolved with the following.
This commonly happens after a fraudulent security tool is removed from a computer.
You will have to apply the following to the Registry, just download the file depending on your operating system (The Vista one will work on Windows 7) and then double click it to merge it to the registry, this should resolve the issue.

Whole list of File Associations

Direct link to .EXE XP Fix

Whole list

.EXE Direct link


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