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XP open everything with notepad

By FatUncleAL ·
Hi:

I have a Dell XP pro laptop, lately opens every programs with Notepad and it's a bunch of unreadable symbols. Doesn't matter if you click MS Word, Excel, Norton AntiVirus, other programs, it all open up in notepad. Because of that, I can't do a virus scan even I try to start from the CD. Does anyone has the same experience ? Please help.

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by wbarker In reply to XP open everything with n ...

Sounds like a virus to me - unless you have been fiddling with your File Types folder options.

If you change the file extension back to .exe can you run it?

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by brad_wyder In reply to XP open everything with n ...

Yeah its a virus. I'm not 100% sure but I think it is either the Love virus or a variant. It probably is from a VBS script that modifies your registry. I couldn't find the love virus but here is a variant.

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/vbs.coolnote.html

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by Juergen Hartl In reply to XP open everything with n ...

check your registry, Look at
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell
if there is an entry delete that entry (make backup first).

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