Open With window pop ups

By sjinks ·
Hi every time I open any programs like Firefox, Excel, Word, etc the OPEN WITH window pops up, so annoying. I am using WinXP OS..Please anyone can help. I suspect maybe virus the cause but I can not open my anti-virus program either since its not listed on Open with list.

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Look here on the M$ Knowledge Base

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Open With window pop ups

The bit that you want however is this.

To create file associations for unassociated file types
If you receive a message that Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open a file, follow these steps to create an association between the unknown file name extension and a program that will open it:
Right-click a file that has the extension that you want to associate with a program on your computer, and then click Open.

Note If the Open command is not available, click Open With or double-click the file.
Windows XP displays a dialog box that says that Windows cannot open this file. The dialog box offers two options for selecting a program:
Use the Web service to find the appropriate program
Select the program from a list
Unless you want to find and download software that opens this file type, the best choice is to select the program from a list.
Click Select the program from a list, and then click OK.
The Open With dialog box is displayed. Use one of the following methods to select the program that you want to use for this file type:
In the Programs list, click the program that you want.
Click Browse, locate and then click the program that you want to use, and then click Open.
Click Look for the appropriate program on the Web to browse the Internet for the program that you want.
Click to select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box if it is not selected.
Click OK.

If that doesn't work maybe a In Place/Upgrade Install will fix your issue follow the Method 2 Instructions here but you'll need a M$ Branded Install Disc not a System Makers Recovery Disc.


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Fix here...

by SmartAceW0LF In reply to Open With window pop ups

First: Boot to "Safe Mode With Networking"
Login to "Administrator" account. Create a new account with Administrator rights (to be used later) Download and run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from Follow directions and reboot when suggested. After reboot, login with new account created earlier. You will have to move all of the user data from old account to this new one. This will correct the account limitations invoked by the virus.

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Get the EXE file association fix here

by seanferd In reply to Open With window pop ups

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