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Unknown Application Icons in C:\Program Files

Question: Unknown Application Icons in C:\Program Files

Hi,WinXP Home, sp2.I've been looking in my C:\Program Files and i've come across 2 'application' icons that i've not noticed before. One is called 'Delete.exe' (size 40kb) and the other is called 'SetAttrib.exe' (size 44kb), both created 22/2/2006. One says modified 30th Nov 2004, the laptop wasn't even built then. The other says modified 21st Jan 2005. There's no information for either in the 'summary' tab. I've done a full scan with Norton, Ad-Aware SE, A-Squared and Ewido and everythings coming up clean. Has anyone any idea what these application icons could be please.Cheers Chris.

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Preferred Solution: Unknown Application Icons in C:\Program Files

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Answer: Unknown Application Icons in C:\Program Files

Try right clicking on the files and looking at their properties to see who which company) they belong to.

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Many of my application icons (exe) have changed to default blue rectangle,
and other applications icons changed to unknown type (e.g. pdf icons)

I have tried windows restore - that wont work
I have tried changing from 32 bit to 16 bit and back that wont work either.

It has nothing to do with resolution. I am attaching a snapshot of what i mean.

Please help me restore them back or let me know if this is due to a virus or trojan.

Thanks a lot for your help

Answer:application icons changed to default blue rectangle, applications icons to unknown ty

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I am using Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit on Dell XPS 15 L502x Notebook.

Today morning when i switched on my laptop, I found some of the Icon changed to unknown icon.(See Attachements)

I searched google i found somewhere a question was posted with same problem. The solution was given as to change the destination of the target exe file. I performed it by renaming the folder in which the exe file is present. I found that the icon changed back to original icons from unknown-icon.

Also when i right click and select properties of those exe files, the original icon of the application appears there, but not in explorer / desktop / taskbar.

I am posting this question here to troubleshoot my problem.
Dont ask me to reinstall all applications and software. I have already done it and but the icon remains as Unknown until i change its destination from its original destination. Even avast icon changed to unknown.(see image) But i cant change its destination to check for its reappearance because it is always open when i start system.

Why this destination(Target path) of the exe file affect the original icon of the application.

Also guide me how to attach image in my post

Answer:Application Icons changed to Unknown icon.

Try Brink`s tut.

Icon Cache - Rebuild

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I have chosen notepad as default program for .dat file, what can I do to set it to open with "unknown application" like I never open it before?
Step by Step guide is most appreciated =) im using windows 8

Answer:How to change default program to unknown application?

Hello Yuki, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could download and merge the .reg file for the listed .dat option in the table of the tutorial below to restore it's default associations.

Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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Hi, my os is window vista. Recently i opened an unknown application (.cfg file type, some games files) with notepad editor to see what it is inside. I change something and save it. the file type is still cfg but now it always open with a notepad which coz my game to how do i remove the open with notepad and set it to a an unknown application..which my com don actually recognizes it and will prompt me to search the internet.

Answer:Changing open with default program to unknown application.

Press Start (the Windows icon on the bottom right), type regedit and press enter. Press Continue when the UAC thing pops up. Now navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes, find the .cfg key and delete it. This will reset it so when you open any cfg file it will ask you which program you want to open it with. You may have to restart your computer after completing the above steps.

You posted this in the wrong section by the way.

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Since installing WinXP i am frequently troubled by files that i am unable to rename, move or delete. I get an error stating that the file is being used by some other application. I find this a little strange since this will also occur if the PC has just booted up. There are no other Apps open, nor is there anything that looks suspect in the task manager.

The files that tend to be affected are DivX (avi), the strange thing is that sometimes i can delete a file with no problems after having had trouble touching it for hours/days before hand. I never experienced anything like this with Win2k - any ideas anyone..?


Answer:Files locked by unknown application

I can't understand why you would get that when trying to move or rename a file unless it's a .dll system file which alot of programs in xp use. If I'm reading you correctly the DivX file contains .dll files which you must have inorder for your operating system to run so it's important not to remove nor rename them. There are other ways but I would not do it. If you get that error 9 times out of 10 thats why. Even if you install a game you got at the store this can happen. Becareful of what you remove or you'll be back on here asking how to restore your system.

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Hello so i have accidently changed that all .lua files open with notepad on default since i forgot to uncheck always use the selected program to open this kind of file. So is there any way to restore all .lua files back to normal that they open with unknown application so i have to select what to open it with? Thanks


Answer:How to change files back that it opens with unknown application

Change it to ask you every time.

control panel/default programs

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I just needed some help with folders in my c:\Program files\ directory.

Does anyone know what these are and if I need them or are they spyware etc?

Thanks for any help.

AOD> (aol, soaf)
Common Files (which has alot of other folders in it)
ComPlus Applications (nothing in it)
Comsoft (nothing in it)
Directx> (setup)
HighMAT CD Writing Wizard > (1033)
InstallShield Installation Information
Microsoft ActiveSync > Richink.dll
Microsoft Visual Studio > Common and IDE
Movie Maker > MUI and Shared
MSN Apps > Shared and Updater
MSN Gaming Zone > Windows
MSN Toolbar Suite > AU,DB,DS, EXT, EXtensions,FRW, OB, PB, Shared, TB
NetMeeting > Recieved files
Online Services > Nothing in it
Uninstall Information > Nothing in it
Windows NT > Accesories and Pinball
Xerox > nwwia

I use Windows XP Pro.

Answer:Unknown Program Files

your good to go. nothin there

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I have just discovered a folder in Program Files called 'xerox' and I have not got a clue where it came from!Any Ideas?Nick

Answer:Unknown Folder in Program Files

If you right click on the folder kentylad, you can open the properties of it to see what it is. It should alos tell you when it was created and what it's attributes are.

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when I try to open Mozilla fire fox the below said message pops up and only when I click OK the mozilla window opens. what is the problem here ?'"The application or DLL C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\MSVCR71.dill is not a valid windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette."

Answer:the application or DLL C:\Program Files\Java\

Go to Control Panel, double click on Java. Click on Update & click on > Update now.If you still having problems, uninstall Firefox completely ( including the Profile ) & reinstall again.

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Could anyone help with understanding exactly what this file is. It's running from notepad and located in 'program files'

-------Application Run Starts--------------------------------------
Instructed to search generically for 200.
Running application - Parsed CMD line
OS Version--Major 5 Minor 1 Build a28
Guessing failed, trying SPTI
SPTI Access Mode Activated to Scan for Drives.
Found something -- Type MAXTOR 6L040J2 ?`?w Bus 0 ID 0
Not a CD, DVD, or CD-RW drive. Skipping profile check.
Found something -- Type TEAC CD-W516EC ?`?w Bus 0 ID 0
SPTI Pass-through Successful
ATAPI Return Code: 0/0/0
Returned data 0 2a 1 0 0 0 0 0 2a 22 7 7 71 77 29 23
Matching against 200. Profile found: 707
Found a Winner!
--------Application Run Starts--------------------------------------
Instructed to search generically for 8.
Running application - Parsed CMD line
OS Version--Major 5 Minor 1 Build a28
Guessing failed, trying SPTI
SPTI Access Mode Activated to Scan for Drives.
Found something -- Type MAXTOR 6L040J2 ?`?w Bus 0 ID 0
Not a CD, DVD, or CD-RW drive. Skipping profile check.
Found something -- Type TEAC CD-W516EC ?`?w Bus 0 ID 0
SPTI Pass-through Successful
ATAPI Return Code: 0/0/0
Returned data 0 2a 1 0 0 0 0 0 2a 22 7 7 71 77 29 23
Matching against 8. Profile found: 707
Open Adapter Failed.
Open Adapter Failed.
Open Adapter Failed.
Open Adapter Failed.
Open Adapter Failed.
Open Adapter Fai... Read more

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Hi, I badly need your help. I just newly installed a WinXP Professional on this PC and I instantly got unwanted popups and unknown programs. All was working fine until when I installed yahoo messenger and ran Launchcast.

I ran ewido scans twice, deleted the Windows folder, and re-installed the OS, but the problem still remains.

There are popups, browser hijack, unknown programs running in the background, a pp4ico.exe in the desktop, and a lot of shortcuts appears on the desktop (shortcuts that lead to urls instead of programs).

Here is the Hijack log as of the moment:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:03:53 AM, on 10/16/2006
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
D:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\ewido.exe
D:\Program Files\Hijackthis\HijackThis.exe
D:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [!ewido] "D:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\ewido.exe" /minimized
O4 - Startup: ERUNT AutoBackup.lnk = D:\Program Files\ERUNT\AUTOBACK.EXE
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{56593362-955D-4629-81F3-DDBCB466E698}: NameServer = Read more

Answer:Popups, unknown program on desktop, cannot delete some files

You have no anti-virus software and no service packs!

You need to go here and install "Service Pack 1" This will patch numerous security holes in IE and Windows. As your machine stands now it is wide open to attack from all sorts of nasties. You need to get these updates before we proceed or we will be wasting our time.

DO NOT install Service pack 2 yet. If you install SP 2 on an infected machine it will cause serious problems. Just get Service Pack 1 installed. After you get SP1 installed, restart your computer. Come back here and post the new Hijack This log.

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after i install a game to the x86 folder the icon will not show up on the desktop i have to go and do a send to to create a shortcut to do this annoying.. also in programs and features most of the programs icons are blanked out why?

Answer:program files x86 icons desktop

Try this: Icon Cache - Rebuild

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Working with an X61s running XP Pro SP3. We are using a third party program (Ghost) to do our own image backups.  These are coming in larger than expected so I began by doing a disk cleanup, emptying recycle bin, temp files etc.  After those steps... Properties for Drive C show 35.5 G out of 160 used.However, when I add up any folders off the root that have more than .5G I get 29.7 G.That leaves 6 G unaccounted for.I have check Lenovo's Restore and Recovery function and it is OFF and has been off as soon as we started working with the machine.  When I open that program, it shows no files available... so apparently(?) none where made.There is a 5G Fat 32 partition that I assume is Lenovo's factory image file.  That partition is not part of the Ghost Image. I ran WinDirStat and found a file that IS a 5.9 G file located under Program Files which shows in WinDirStat as c:\Program Files\<unknown>. If I open Windows Explorer, the total files under Program Files equals the total for the individual folders under Program Files (EXCLUDING the "unknown")... so the "unknown" folder does not show up in Windows Explorer... only in WinDirStat... and in the image files I create with Ghost. Any one know if this 5.9G "unknown" file has anything to do with Lenovo's many built in programs?  Suggestions welcome.

Answer:Where is the Lenovo Factory Image stored - and what is c:\program files\<unknown>?

I am seeing the same situation with a T400 running Win 7, but my file is 52GB and I have turned off everything in Restore at both the WIndows and Lenovo levels with no relief. This is crazy as I have never encountered such a situation before. Can anyone help.

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i was downloading a update for my nero burning rom and when it finished it i rebooted and then i started get this message what did i do?

Answer:c program files ahead nero.exe not a valid win32 application

closing duplicate, see this thread

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i was downloading a update for my nero burning rom and when it finished it i rebooted and then i started get this message what did i do?

Answer:c program files ahead nero.exe not a valid win32 application

did the update install???

Best bet would be to uninstall nero using add remove programs and then reinstall

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I encountered the windows restore issue and followed steps to remove it. I ran rkill and then malwarebytes. Upon reboot I now have no desktop Icons, all program files are gone, in windows explorer desktop is gone and all other files are missing except malwarebytes. Have any suggestions?

Answer:Program files and desktop icons disappeared

Hi slytlytwstd, to BleepingComputer. We sincerely 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.Do you still need help? If so, continue to follow these instructions:My name is Jason and I'll be helping you with your computer problems. You can call me by my screename jntkwx or Jason is fine.Some things to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please do not attach logs or put logs in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can also help.Do not run anything while running a fix.If you don't understand a step, please ask for clarification before continuing with any future steps.Click on the Watch Topic button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster. Download Security Check by screen317 from here.Save it to your Desktop.Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt.Please post the contents of that d... Read more

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Using Windows XP Professional Service PAck 3. Had a trojan which I got cleaned up. Trojan made all my icons for files and program files disappear. Found out they were changed to hidden files. Was able to get them to appear by checking view hidden file icons in the folder options section of My Computer. However all the icons are now light in color compared to new file icons that have been created since. the light color makes me thjink they are still somehow tagged as hidden files.

Also when I go to Start > My Programs, it is all empty and none of the programs that were previously listed are there any longer.

Any suggestions on what to try next to make all my normal file icons (like word documents, etc...) and the program file icons no longer be tagged as hidden and also to get all the programs back into My Programs

Answer:File and program icons appear as hidden files

You are infected with malware. We cannot help you here with malware removal as per forum rules. Please head over to Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help and post there for more help.
NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help

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There's some strangely named icons in my Program Files Folder - a few of which I've listed below.ACURVE V.OOR-AFBEELD.INGAN HET B.EELDIRECTE.VIDELEVISIERDEN EVE.NTUNGEN WOR.DENVLAKKEN.WORI'm concerned that they shouldn't be there, espacially as they are all foreign names - could they be bugs / other nasties?Has anyone come across these (or something similar) before, and if so am I safe to simply delete them, or should I leave well alone.Thanks

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*Quote original post...
Running Win7 on a Dell Inspiron 1520 with upgraded RAM, otherwise the laptop is stock. Laptop came with WindowsXP installed, I upgraded to Vista, ran flawlessly for 3 years but had accumulated junk and system was running painfully slow. I decided to do some cleanup and went to cnet to find good cleanup utilities. I am assuming that is where I inadvertanly downloaded an infected program. The cleanup was going well, freed up a lot of space and the system seemed to run faster although boot up was still painfully long and it seemed the hd was running very hard in the background.

I first noticed a problem with my AV Webroot with SpySweeper. It was not loaded to actively scan and protect me, when I tried I got an error I never saw before that said webroot had to close and to restart the program, and a status bar showed a progress of closing the program. but after it finished and I clicked OK the program would not start at all nor could I run any scans.

Then I noticed Windows Defender was turned off, and I turned it on but a scan would not start. I tried Malwarebytes and it ran once, said it found something but needed to reboot to fix, I rebooted and malwarebytes did not load and run nor could I ever get it to run a scan after that and I could never find what it had found. The same scenario happened with AVG free and any other scanner I tried including kaspersky. I even tried donloading them from another computer to a flash drive and installing from it but... Read more

Answer:Unknown Malware Infection-changed permissions, corrupted program files

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 ... Read more

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[FONT=&quot]HI there,


For the last month I've had a bewildering laundry list of problems with my computer. Firefox 37.0.1 started using superhigh CPU to open and load pages. Then Thunderbird and Avast! began to do the same when connecting to the internet for download[FONT=&quot]s/updates[/FONT]. Then my printer ditto. When printing, I can't do anything else. (It's Brother MFC 4500+, an ancient workhorse that's never given me a day's trouble.)

Then my mouse went on the fritz; swapped out to another mouse and got the same problem---the pointer freezes and restarts intermittently, then freezes altogether. I can get it working again by unplugging the USB and plugging it in again, but the fix is temporary, maybe hours, maybe seconds. Every now and then I get a Windows message in the taskbar tray tha[FONT=&quot]t "something has happened" and [/FONT]the system can't recognize my USB device.

The problems didn't happen all at once, but rather in the sequence that I've noted. I've run different antivirus and malware and rootkit scans repeatedly, but all come up clean. FWIW, I run good computer utilities every week or so, so the system is squeaky clean that way. I've been limping along.

[/FONT][FONT=&quot]THE NEW & BIZARRE DEVELOPMENT (at least, so it seems to me):

[/FONT][FONT=&quot]I was looking in my Program Files folder when the computer generally ... Read more

Answer:XP Task Manager shows Program Files folder running as an application

Hi I'm not sure what's all going on but the program thing will show up if you have it running. Can you click on it and end the task??

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There are a lot of post here and elsewhere of people who want to show previews of PDFs and images rather than the generic program icons of the viewer programs. There are a lot of posts of people who don't want to show the previews and only want to show the program icons.

I want to know if there's some way I can choose which extensions show previews, say only JPG and GIF files, while leaving other files, like PDFs showing the generic program icon.

I know the File View options setting (Always show icons, never thumbnails), but that's an all or nothing option. I want to choose which extensions show thumbnails. (Specifically, just want generic PDF icon for those files, rather than first page preview, but want the previews for photos.) Thanks for your help and suggestions.

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HP Pavillion 1330, AMD Athlon 64, XP Media OS

Not sure what happened. Yesterday I downloaded an critical update from microsoft but did not restart my computer to complete it. I turned off the computer a few minutes later. Then this morning I started my computer and a popup saying there was a "major malfunction in the system" (can't remember exact words) appeared. Also, spyware was notifying me of an attempt to change registry. I forgot about yesterday's update and denied access to the registry change and closed it. I then restarted to fix anything that may have happened during the previous start malfunction. Upon restart all icons except Recycle and Internet Explorer are the standard microsoft icons and it says windows cannot open any of my program files. If I try to open my saved files it says "this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel". System Restore says the same thing. System folder will not open. What are my options for recovering my system programs and files. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:Lost icons and ability to open any program files.

Have you tried doing system restore and virus scans in safe mode? (press f8 repeatedly at startup to get the menu) or try the "last known good configuration" option in the startup menu with f8.

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ok trying to set some icons for the folder on c:... no customize tab within "windows", tried to set a desktop.ini within it to spruce up, no luck there has go to be a way, got program file(x86) icon to work


Answer:Custom icons for program files (x86) and windows folder ?..?..?

I have always used a 3rd party software to change these folders icons.

Change folder icon or color to make a search for important information a "one-glance" affair!

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Good evening all,Earlier this afternoon, my computer got some sort of virus/malware where a lot of my desktop icons started disappearing from the screen in rapid succession - along with several "warning" popups. I re-started the computer in safe mode and ran Malware Bytes and Super Anti-Spyware. Between the two of them, I think it may have gotten rid of the virus (?), however, it did not restore any of my desktop icons or start menu programs. Several of the folders in the Start Menu just say "empty".I have done a little bit of research on Google and have been able to restore some of the default windows icons, etc., but still missing several, and am not sure how to get them back. In addition, unfortunately, I ran a cleaner program that deleted all my temp files. Due to a Google search, I fear this was a big mistake because it appears the virus may have just moved all the shortcuts, etc. to the Temp folder - from which they could have been restored, had they not been deleted.In addition, I noticed that my computer is telling me that I need "administrator permission" to create shortcuts, change shortcut names, etc... when it never used to do that. My computer lists my profile as an administrator in the Control Panel, so I am not sure why it is doing that.To be honest, I am really not sure what all is missing... or what else might be affected that I am not noticing. I have run the DDS scan and GMER scans. However, the GMER program would not let me ru... Read more

Answer:Virus Removed Shortcut Icons and Hid Program Files

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Thanks in advance for any help I can get.

Answer:Can anyone recommend a good program for extracting icons from .exe files?

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I dont know what it is or what to do if able to help please do so. I would really appreciate it.

Answer:The Application Or Dll C:\program Files\symantec\liveupdate\msvcr71.dll Is Not A Valid Windows Image.

That error indicates that you have some Symantec protection product (NAV, NIS, Norton 360, ad infinitum) installed on your system.If this is true, I suggest that you uninstall it (because the Live Update portion seems to be corrupted) via Add/remove Programs...then reinstall it and update it.I used to use NIS/NAV and I know that Live Update should have it's own item in Add/Remove Programs. You might be able to get away with just uninstalling that...but I don't think it installs as a separate item.Louis

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C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Addins|C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Officed10\SBCMSYNC.DLL is not a valid Office add-in

Can anyone help with this? Keeps appearing when I try to send a link or mail via OUtlook Express and I cannot do it.

Thanks vml

Answer:C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Addins|C:\Program Files\Microsof

Try and clear the check box by Outlook sync in tools>options>other>advanced options>addin manager

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I was online and got a popup saying I had a critical error and I cancelled it out. Then i got one saying I had a hard drive failure. Then I get a program running in the task bar (Windows Restore??? and it said i had 13 infected files and i should click repair? I closed it out without clicking since I could not see anything Microsoft related on it? When i restarted a lot of my icons are gone...., i click start and no program files are there...i tried to restore from the run menu and file was not found (rstrui.exe)?

Is there anything I can try at home or should I just go to a computer shop?

ok so i clicked view hidden files and the icons are there, but hidden for some reason?

Still cant restore and no files when i click on start - programs....something is not right.....avast did not find anything??

also found something called Microsoft Restore ?(the logo was just a little different from the real microsoft) and I deleted the file, but still have problems.

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I am using windows xp home. I don't know how it happened, but all the program icons have changed to a folder icon in my start, all programs, menu display. How can I get them back?

Thanks in advance.

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So I just downloaded this game, gunbound, and after I started the program my computer froze. I restarted it and then I noticed that all the text was very small. Like the program names, and the start menu and any other text is really small.
I don't know how to explain other than showing you a picture.

Notice how the text is realllllly small.
I don't know what to do. Because all the programs I download their text is small so I can't really do anything.

I found out how to get hijackthis tho.
Here's my log.

Edit: removed inline log


Answer:Unknown Virus! Makes Text on Program Files Extremely Tiny. Too small to decipher.


Not thinking that this was caused by a virus, but as you mentioned this only happened after installing this game... dependant on where you downloaded this game from it may have been infected with a virus.

Have you tried to uninstall the game that caused this yet? Try Safe Mode to see if your text come back to normal, this will allow you to uninstall and even run some of the steps below.

Also if you can get to it do a system restore back to a date before this game was installed.

If its malware related, sadly we will need you to run the following:

Please follow our standard cleaning procedures which are necessary for us to provide you support. Also there are steps included for installing, running, and posting HijackThis logs as attachments.

Run ALL the steps in this Sticky thread READ & RUN ME FIRST Before Asking for Support
Make sure you check version numbers and get all updates.
Very Important: Make sure you tell us the results from running the tutorial...was anything found? Were you unable to complete any of the scans?...Were you unable to download any of the tools?...Did you do the on-line scans as suggested? etc.

After doing ALL of the above you still have a problem make sure you have booted to normal mode and run the steps in the below link to properly use HijackThis and attach a log:
Downloading, Installing, and Running HijackThis

Make sure you also rename HijackThis.exe as suggested in the procedures. Use analyse.exe for the new name.... Read more

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I tried to open a word file with word but unfortunately it was a *.doc.lnk file.
All my shortcuts (.lnk files) now try to open with MS Word.
How do I get rid of the Word file association and go back to 'unknown application'?

Answer:Solved: Restore "unknown application" to .lnk files

this might be easier for you option 1

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hi! im not sure if this is the right forum to post this, but i have a major problem with my computer. i went to use it tonight and i cant open any files on my desktop and startup menu as the properties have changed to open these with notepad. i cant look into any of them, not even system restore or system manager! this has stumped me. my daughter was the last to use to computer (shes 20) and said that it was fine so i really dont know what to do, help please! thanks in advance, purplezz

Answer:program files and desktop icons have suddenly changed to open with notepad

Closing duplicate thread too:

One thread per issue please.

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Hi, I'm transferring files from one PC to another and when I open dll files in the new pc, they open in IE. On the other one they are listed as "Unknown Application." I tried going in and changing how to open the files, but "Unknown Application" is not a choice. How do I change this so the dll files open in Unknown App? I have to install four dll files in order to get a program to function properly on my computer. Thanks.

Answer:changing dll files to "Unknown Application"

See here: Default File Type Associations - Restore

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Hello everyone, before you guys beat me up, I'm well aware of this post
'Changing open with default program to unknown application' previously posted in this forum.
I followed the instructions posted by tacoman359 (Thank you Tacoman359) but it didn't work. I even restarted my pc and the .cfg is still being associated with notepad.
My os is vista; and I have exactly the same problem and the same reasons as jianming (the first person to post this issue). I even tried a few cmd assoc scripts and still, .cfg "opens with" notepad is still there. I have also tried to disaccoate .cfg from notepad in the other regedit HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT by removing the value data.
Is there anything else I can do to get the default reset back to unkown application?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: "Opens with" default program BACK to unknown application - Is back

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I have accidently set my .ext default program to Notepad and I want to change it back to an unknown application I have tried deleting it in regedit and it just sets it back to notepad even when I restart my computer afterwards any help would be much appreciated

Answer:How do i change default application to Unknown Application

Hello Jerry, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I've added .ext to the list in the tutorial below to restore it's default association.

Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Jared on 2008-05-01 23:12:13
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
96: 2008-05-02 06:14:46 UTC - RP207 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
95: 2008-04-17 04:28:24 UTC - RP206 - Restore Operation
94: 2008-04-17 04:27:59 UTC - RP205 - when my computer screwed up
93: 2008-04-22 03:55:01 UTC - RP204 - System Checkpoint
92: 2008-05-02 01:11:02 UTC - RP203 - April 26

-- First Restore Point --
1: 2008-05-01 21:17:19 UTC - RP112 - Software Distribution Service 3.0

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

Total Physical Memory: 511 MiB (512 MiB recommended).

-- HijackThis Clone ------------------------------------------------------------

Emulating logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2008-05-01 23:23:33
Platform: Windows XP Service Pack 3, v.3180 (5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer (6.00.2900.3180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
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Answer:Taskbar icons dont load + mainpage icons keep flashing + very slow application loadin

Hi, welcome to TSF!

If you still need assistance, please post a fresh main.txt log.

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I use several different word processors, two of which are Atlantis and Jarte. Both create (mostly) .rtf files. My favorite kind.
On my XP computer, Atlantis and Jarte (and every other word processor I've ever used) show their own icons in Explorer. If I use Atlantis to create an .rtf file, that file shows Atlantis' icon, and every file I create in Jarte shows Jarte's icon.
On my Win7 machine, that is not happening. I get an icon that Windows believes is the default .rtf file and that's all. Is there some way I can change that behavior to the XP way of displaying icons?
Yes, I did change the default .rtf application hoping that would fix the "problem", but it did not. It only changed the default icons to the app I chose as the default. I would very much like to know, at a glance,  which wordprocessor created a specific file.
If you can help, I thank you very much. If not, thanks anyway.

Answer:File Type Icons vs Application Icons

Unfortunately, that will not happen within Windows 7.  One work-around is to have, under a master rtf folder, an rtf folder for X program and an rtf folder for program Y, with programs X & Y preset to save everything in their assigned directories.

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First off, I'm new to the site and I will definately be here for good because there is a ton of info here.  To the problem, I have been searching this site for about 2 hours now.  I have a computer running Windows XP Home SP2.  I know it has a number of virus issues as well as how to address them under normal circumstances so here we go...Computer will boot normally and in safe mode...Normal boot, I cannot open anything from desktop icons or start menu.  If a program seems to start it just closes the window imidiately.Safe Mode Boot, programs will open from desktop icons...some of themIn booting in either mood I cannot access the internet, save or transfer files from one folder to the next(including desktop) or load programs from my jump drive.  If I try to run a program from my jump drive it begins then a pop-up refers to the operation being denied by the admin (i have no admin settings that would cause this).  I have read and understand how this site works, but I cannot download  or open from a jump drive any of the antivirus/malware programs you list, nor can I get a log of any sort.  I can access the registry editor, so I need to know if there is a way to manually locate the virus affecting my bogus admin settings or if there is another way to open files or copy them to my computer.  If I can start any anitvirus program (SuperAnti Spyware, Malware Bytes I use them both on other machines regualarly) I would be well on my wa... Read more

Answer:Cannot open any program from desktop icons or open files from jump drive...VIRUS

Okay, this is definitely tricky.  You have a SmitFraud infection at the very least (it's not usually quite this malicious, so I doubt it's alone).  If everything you say is accurate, then your chances aren't great, but we'll do what we can.  You say can't access anything from a jumpdrive on your computer...but what about a CD?  If you could at least get HijackThis on there, it would prove very useful.Infections can be disabled through the registry, but there are thousands of different entries, so finding the proper ones is an incredibly daunting task.  I could possibly help you disable SmitFraud (no guarantee), but first, get back to me on my question about the CD drive.  In the meantime, I will have to acquire some information.

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I loaded up explorer and opened up my C:/ drive to start a game in my program files, accidentally pressing "Downloads" finding this file there, my operating system is Swedish so the folder should be named "Hämtningar" (Swedish for downloads). The file is 93 kb in size and was created on the 27th january, there is also an account named "Unknown account(S-1-5-21-a bunch of numbers)" with total control, I also have no ability to remove it. I would like some help with this, malwarebytes also doesn't react on it. I've also noticed I'm unable to visit Bing (not like I use it, but still weird) with the access denied error.

Answer:I found an unknown files called myfile.exe, origin unknown.

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.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run 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 sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scroll down.Double-click ... Read more

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I searched the site for a while and couldn't find an answer.... so I decided to post my question... sorry if this has been asked before.

Somehow every .IFO file on my computer (using XP) has been set to open with notepad as the default.... these files were from movies I've backed up to my computer, and when I burn the movies to a disc they burn properly, but then they won't read correctly when played on the dvd player. At first I thought it was just the type of discs I was using.. but later realized that the problem never occurred before I noticed all the .IFO files as default set to open with notepad.

What I need to know is how to set the properties of my .IFO files to read as Unknown application instead of Notepad.

Thanks ahead of time to anyone who can help.

Answer:Solved: Change program default to Unknown Program???

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How do i run SRVMGR.EXE on a Windows 7 box to manage Windows XP and Windows 2003 server.
This tool runs on Windows XP but not on Windows 7.

Answer:Application popup: SRVMGR.EXE - System Error : The program can't start because NETUI0.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

To run Server Manager on Windows 7 you need to download and install the Remote Server Management toolkit from MS.

Info link:

Download link:

Hope this helps.Spencer
TechNet Community Support

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I don't know what happened. I wanted to open a .psd file in photoshop and I had two different versions, CS4 and CS5. I right clicked and opened with PS CS5. I don't know what happened after that. The first time it didn't work, I tried it again and then I noticed that all my icons on my task bar and in start menu are all the same. I open up firefox and it open photoshop instead. EVERYTHING IS PHOTOSHOP! I open the default program "open with..." again on an .exe file for some program this time and selected a different program from the list of open with... Now all the icons changed to that program's icon and all icons open up that program too just like photoshop.

I've reseached forums and stuff and found file association with the registry.

Some forum directed me to this:

People who've had the same/similar problem to mines have found fixes there. But when I try to import those fixes to my registry I get an error message: cannot import w7_exe_fix. Not all data was written succesfully to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.

Answer:Solved: [URGENT] All icons are the same, all icons open up the same program

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How can you remove/delete program icons etc. for one user, not for other.

I have my system set up with TWO users; Administrator and one other 'limited' user [so the kids can be on PC etc.]. When I install programs, icons are on both desktops. If I for instance delete an icon in one user, it also disapears in the other.

I have checked everywhere; For eg. in c:/users/.../desktop folder there are only some files/icons there, but on the desktop its self there are many more, and if I delete an icon, it also dissapears from my admin desktop.

Answer:ICONS View/Hide program icons for users

I believe you need to move the icons out of C:\Users\Public\Desktop to your account Desktop. That should prevent them from being visible to the limited account.

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I have finished a complete re installation of Win 7.
But i have noised that some icons show a default instead of the normal

In this case the last icon is VLC

Its the same in the start menu, and even sometimes in the explorer when looking at all files in the directory.

If someone can tell why and maybe help me setting it right i would be greatful. All my looking on the net have not resulted in anything that works yet.


Answer:[SOLVED] Some program icons replaced by default icons

That picture you posted doesn't seem to work any longer.

Can you please repost pictures of the icons?

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I am trying to delete an unknown application on my second hard drive I have just found, and most likely loaded by my son. The application is "Hard Truck - 18 Wheels of Steel". When I try to delete the message reads " it is being used by another person or program" which I am unable to find.

Thank you,


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 4:29:51 PM, on 13/04/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\EPSON\EBAPI\SAgent2.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
D:\program files\mmtask.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_11\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\WinCinemaMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\CheckPoint\SecuRemote\bin\SR_Service.exe
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Can anyone help me?I have received a file, from a known site, that has an extension of ".ra".What opens this type of program and where can i get it from?Thanks in advance.Nero

Answer:unknown application

click here

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Hi everybody I need your help again.... An error message has appeared upon my good lady's comp saying ' Visual C++ Runtime Library -Runtime error.
C\: program files\AGI\Python25\pythonw.exe.
this application has requested the runtime to terminate it in an unusual way please contact the applications support team for more information.....
1. The thing is that I would inform them if only I knew what program is involved
2. Would it be safe to delete the said program without upsetting any of the other apps.

Your trusty advice would be of value.



Answer:Unknown Application

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while attempting to download prevx update i get an error 1316 etc, etc. then a wisecustomcalla attempts to apply to my programs.
seen the like?

Answer:Unknown Application

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I noticed last night that I have an unknown (to me at least...not unusual) rar.Upon opening there is an application that has downloads from all torrent and file sharing sites but no description whatsoever.
Does anyone know what u996.exe is? The only info I could find on Google is that it is unknown from an unknown publisher and is not necessary but should not be removed if not causing problems. I did download the Sophos version of the vulnerability exploit that has recently been discovered, that MS's version of the patch apparently (according to Grinler's post), can or will remove the icons from your desktop, but I don't recall that as the name of the file. Any answers?
Many thanks in advance,

Answer:unknown application

I found only scant information relating to known files by the name "u966.exe" and what I did find was rather perplexing. There is a project hosted on Google Code called bma-ebook, which appears to have something to do with the nation of Burma (which is called Myanmar and has been under an oppressive military junta for a long time. You may remember some rather severe protests there making the news in 2007. The Myanmarian Junta rather severely limits, filters and monitors the use of the Internet by its citizens.)

Anyhow, near as I can figure, u966.exe (or at least the one I found) is some sort of internet proxy application. That is, a means by which a person in Myanmar could access otherwise prohibited Internet locations and data, such as those relating to anti-government activists and the like.

This is all largely speculation on my part since, as I said, information was scant and perplexing.

Bearing the above in mind, and assuming that you are neither a Burmese dissident nor attempting to proxy your internet usage, I would say that this file (and the other, torrent, files) indicates that your machine may be compromised and being actively used as a dumpster for bittorrent data, the proxy tool being a facilitator to that. For that reason, I am moving your topic to the "Am I Hacked? What Do I Do?" forum so that a system security helper can either rule out a hack attack or help you to remove it.

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HiI have just seen an application on my "C" drive called BLA.EXE It is 4Kb in size and looking for an explanation on the web it doesn't seem to provide a difinitive answer.Is this some sort of unwanted file or what.Regards

Answer:Unknown Application??

Could be a nasty click here

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If I send a word doc as email attachment, from within word 2000 in windows XP, the email has the word doc as an attachment of type "application unknown". If I send word doc from explorer then the email is okay, with a word doc type file as the attachment.
How do I get OE to accept word doc unchanged from word 2000, as a word doc type file.

Details: xp, windows 2000,
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13 GenuineIntel ~2200 Mhz

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A small application has appeared in 'C:Windows' called "SYSCFG16", 37 KB in size. Zone Alarm drew my attention to it as it tried to gain access to the internet. The date and time in the properties window seem to show it appeared as I read my emails after I got home from work.Also another two files have appeared, "ir0xya32" and "IR0XYA32.EXE-0843F149" at the same time.I read one of the files using Notepad, and it has some four letter words and other rude comments.I run Win XP Pro, use AVG, and Zone Alarm (Free Version), I did not open any attachments in my email, (any mail with an attachment is directed to a seperate folder in OE), so how do these get into the PC?After problems last weekend I re-installed XP Pro yesterday, and have all the latest updates from MS and AVG.any help /advice appreciated.Stroller

Answer:Unknown application

It could be a dialer that you may have pick up off a web site, try running these two programs, they both compliment each other, if one doesn't find anything, the other hereclick herePaul.

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I am having the same problem from here:

But now 10 years later on windows 8.1 hahahah

can someone help me?


Answer:Change program default to Unknown Program???

which are the files types that are not correct ?
you change the file association on windows 8 via control panel
have a read here

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I searched the site for a while and couldn't find an answer.... so I decided to post my question... sorry if this has been asked before.

Somehow every .dat file on my computer (using win 7) has been set to open with notepad as the default.... these files were from gta 4. At first I didnt noticed..but when a started the game it crashed.. but later realized that the problem never occurred before I noticed all the .dat files as default set to open with notepad.

What I need to know is how to set the properties of my .dat files to read as Unknown application instead of Notepad.

Thanks ahead of time to anyone who can help.

Answer:Change program default to Unknown Program in win 7

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How to Change all my program Icons back to the Program Icon. Now they are ALL Google Crome icons and I'm Not sure why.
They are LNK extentions
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I don't know what happened. I wanted to open a .psd file in photoshop and I had two different versions, CS4 and CS5. I right clicked and opened with PS CS5. I don't know what happened after that. The first time it didn't work, I tried it again and then I noticed that all my icons on my task bar and in start menu are all the same. I open up firefox and it open photoshop instead. EVERYTHING IS PHOTOSHOP! I open the default program "open with..." again on an .exe file for some program this time and selected a different program from the list of open with... Now all the icons changed to that program's icon and all icons open up that program too just like photoshop.

I've reseached forums and stuff and found file association with the registry.

Some forum directed me to this:

People who've had the same/similar problem to mines have found fixes there. But when I try to import those fixes to my registry I get an error message: cannot import w7_exe_fix. Not all data was written succesfully to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.

Answer:[URGENT] All icons are the same, all icons open up the same program


Originally Posted by An Alien

I don't know what happened. I wanted to open a .psd file in photoshop and I had two different versions, CS4 and CS5. I right clicked and opened with PS CS5. I don't know what happened after that. The first time it didn't work, I tried it again and then I noticed that all my icons on my task bar and in start menu are all the same. I open up firefox and it open photoshop instead. EVERYTHING IS PHOTOSHOP! I open the default program "open with..." again on an .exe file for some program this time and selected a different program from the list of open with... Now all the icons changed to that program's icon and all icons open up that program too just like photoshop.

I've reseached forums and stuff and found file association with the registry.

Some forum directed me to this:

People who've had the same/similar problem to mines have found fixes there. But when I try to import those fixes to my registry I get an error message: cannot import w7_exe_fix. Not all data was written succesfully to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.

As I have told you on the other two forums. the exe fix file isnt for win 7 its for XP. Now that you have tried importing that into your reg, you have more problems than before.

Do you have a backup from before the problem? do you have the win 7 dvd to do a r... Read more

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Recently i've had two programs take over the icon for powerdesk (a program i use a lot), Could it be my video card (It's a radeon x1300 pro 256 meg ddr) pushing my power supply to the edge (I do have a dvd burner and a dvd reader connected to my computer) or is my windows xp home edition sp2 based computer haunted?
By the way i do have all the updates that are out plus i'm using internet explorer 7 release version.

Answer:Program icons taking over other porgram icons

I'm just using the display drivers.

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Answer:how to change .001 to unknown application

Unassociate File Extention Type - Vista Forums

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I changed a .dat file properties to open always as notepad but now I want to return it back to unknown application can you please help tell me how knowing that I use windows 7.

Answer:Unknown application windows 7

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Hi all,
yesterday i was performing some routing maintenance on my pc, and i noticed there was an evernt log showing an error of an application that was stored in the path. (Please note i didnt mistype VLC).
It was always giving me an error code 0x0000005. I am worried if this is some sort of virus.
when i checked with a windows defender and avg i got no virus. It was also using the visual basic command line script process when i checked task manager.
What else could i do to check out the problem?

EDIT: I tried searching online, but i found no results

Answer:Unknown application running on my pc

Searching with Startpage shows one link to a fix for some virus and a couple of links to Garmin GPS software. Nothing else of substance.
Lycos found an article about an old Server 2000 bug and a Lee Van Clief screensaver.
I'd try every search engine you can think of until something makes sense.

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hey guys,

if you check out the attached image, the first application is something that loads up with Windows, yet I'm not sure what it is. If it is enabled, i will get a message saying "cannot find C:\Program" and it stops there, so i've disabled it

any clue on what the hell it is?


Answer:Unknown application on startup

Can you right-click, and view properties? Every so often I get those as well, and I just delete them. Not quite sure how they get there, but as a general rule, If i dont know what it is, recognize the software, or get a bad google search on it, it gets deleted

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Hi everyone, today, when I turned on my pc, at startup, regedit32.exe says that needs my permision to do changes on registry (I use win7 64 bits sp1)
that's seems suspicious to me so I say NO.
when I take a look at my folder, I found an application called kedxalekcyfy.exe

I really don't know what this thing is, so I started searching information on google..and the only result I got is a page in a unknown language, but it looks like it's an spyware forum and someone had a problem like I had.

the point is, I don't know what does this app do. I tried analysis with AVG, with MalwareBytes, with tdsskiller, and adwCleaner, but none of them detect this strange app.

So, I'm going to give all the information I could gather on my pc about this thing.

-it's located on c:/user/me
-the file shows no relevant information on it's details.
-the file is also running as a process (32bits) on task manager and doesn't
let me finish it

on registry it appears on:

(this happened once)
if I try to open or do something over this file..pc restarts itself!
So, I guess that's all. What do you recommend?

thanks in advance!

Answer:unknown application (kedxalekcyfy)

Also, on msconfig, I have this info:

regedit32 as unknown and starting at c/windows/system32/regedit.exe (twice)

kedxalekcyfy as unknown starting at c:/users/me/kedxalekcyfy.exe
kedxalekcyfy as unknown starting at c:/programdata/kedxalekcyfy.exe

this is...weird.

again, thanks.

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After Windows NT4 SR3 boots, I get two message windows asking if i really want to delete applications and contents? I must have done a delete the wrong way? If I yes, uninstall shield starts, then returns unable to locate log file? If I no, the message dissappears, but it happens at every start? How do I get to the win.ini-like file to delete the error commands?

Answer:unknown remove application errors

The win.ini stuff is in the registry. You will need to write down the exact error messages for an indication of what app it is trying to remove. Then, use regedit to search for the uninstall command and remove it. Always be careful when editing the registry, but, if you stick with software keys, then you should only effect the software and not the system.

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how to open an excel file in Unknown application?

Answer:how to open any file in Unknown application

xp Unknown application

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Hello all,

So after doing a full virus scan yesterday and removing a bunch of threats from my computer, I suddenly noticed that my PC was being impossibly slow. I opened up task manager and saw that some random program titled "srsx.exe" was chewing up 97% of my CPU's processing power. I ended the process, but about 2 minutes later it automatically popped up again and resumed chewing up all of my CPU.

I ended the process again, opened the file location, and deleted the folder, which was in my AppData/Local folder inside of a folder simply entitled "Crypto". I have absolutely no idea what it was or who installed or how it was installed, so I deleted the entire folder and emptied it from my recycle bin.

Now, every 2-3 minutes, my computer keeps on popping up the following error message, despite the fact that I no longer have that program even on my hard drive anymore. I don't know how to stop it or get rid of it and it's driving me absolutely crazy. Every time it pops up, whatever I'm doing minimizes to desktop so I can read this stupid error message. This can get particularly frustrating while playing games, which is largely what I do on this computer.

If I could get any help or knowledge for this issue, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you.

Here is the picture of my error message:

Answer:Unknown Application Chewing up CPU -- srsx.exe

having very similar issue. I can end the task, however it starts itself back up. Scanned it with Kaspersky and Norton 360 and it shows nothing. What is this and how do I get rid of it?

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Not sure how this one is related to security but I want to know if someone encounter something like this:

When I shut down my laptop running in XP Home... There are this end program window terminating this application:


This is the name of the applicatin being terminated. Not sure if it is a spyware. I checked the task manager one time before shutting down the machine but no such process is running in my PC. One time there is also some kind of


I scan my laptop with symantec, AVG, both anti virus and anti spyware but nothing detected. Any idea what is it?? Thanks.

Answer:some unknown application terminating when shutting down XP

Attached here is the HijackThis log. Thanks for your assistance. Hoping you will respond ASAP. Thanks.

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I'm researching a problem for a friend who's having issues with an unknown application stealing focus. She'll be using AIM, IE, and some other progs and the active window will become inactive and the focus is stolen to... who knows where. there's no apparent window that becomes the focus and there aren't any programs running that should be doing it, as far as she can tell. also, windows explorer windows will close automatically.

thanks for any help!

Answer:Unknown application stealing focus

She may have a browser hijack object. Suggest that she goes to Windows Explorer>Programme Files and creates a new folder, calling it hJT. Go to and download HiJackThis, unzipping it into that folder from where she can also run it. Tell her not to allow HijackThis to fix anything until she copies and pastes the log back here and awaits some specialist analysis.

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My computers are both running Win 7 64-bit. I am thoroughly confused when it comes to placing programs that I download into their proper folders: That is, program files (x86) vs program files. I have read stuff on this, but still confused. for the most part, even when a dl'd program suggests being installed into PF, I, for whatever reason, place it into PF (x86). Although I have read that placing the program into the wrong folder may cause the program not to work properly, so far I have not had this problem...nor any other problems that I am aware of. Could someone please set me straight on this issue?

Answer:Program Files or Program Files (x86)-Where to place downloaded program

I let the installer put it where it is supposed to.

If I trust the software I trust they know best where it should be installed/placed.

If I can't trust the software maker why am I downloading/installing their program?

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Ok... Hi guys.

To give some computer background info.
I'm running Windows 7 64-bit with 4gb ram. (Any more info can be provided when neccessary)

I was on the computer when i noticed on of my programs that is "attached" to my taskbar had that default Windows icon, it was white with a little program sign in the middle. I tried running it, and it was fine. As I frantically tried to find a solution, i noticed that most of my programs were like that. From Office programs, to programs like Sony Vegas, 3Ds Max, Turbotax, Steam, Safari, Skype, Windows Live Messenger, and many more. Not all are messed up though, some are completely fine. The weird thing is that I can run all of these normally. I tried going into the properties of the program and change the icon. When i clicked to change it, it said couldnt not locate the original one, and prompted me to look for a new one to use. I redirected the icon directory to the ie: /program files/windows live/messenger/wlmicon.jpg, and clicked apply, then ok. Once i did this nothing happened, and when i went back into the properties, I could see the new image i chose, hidden under the ugly White default windows icon.

This is really bugging me, since many of my programs are looking like they are messed up, but they're in fact fine. I searched some stuff on this on google to no avail.

Can you guys please help me out, thanks!

Any info needed about my computer will be provided, i will respond ASAP, but when i get back f... Read more

Answer:My Program's Icons Are Gone, But The Program Runs Fine

Hi, most likely your Icon Cache is corrupt to create a new one:-

Go to Start, all programs, accessories and right click on command prompt select ?run as administrator?

At the prompt type:-

taskkill /im explorer.exe /f press enter

Now type each line and press enter after each line.
(note the spaces)


attrib -h IconCache.db

del IconCache.db

Now type exit and press enter
Reboot to take effect

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Whilst working on problem with my Win10 OS, I found a bit of treacle during my examination. The Intel iCLS Client shows system environment variables for both the C:\Program Files directory and also C:\Program Files (x86). I don't see how that could be correct.

Sure enough, there are files in both locations.
That and several other Intel component appear in dual locations.

If appropriate to clean up, what steps would I use? Seems to me that uninstalling has a lot of potential to break something severely, and I suspect these won't uninstall cleanly.

I'll be chasing around looking for install files while waiting for your thoughts on the thread. Cheers.

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I was trying to change the system tray icons by changing the .dll and somehow the battery, sound, network icons are not showing. I've tried to replace the .dll files but it didn't work.

help would be really appreciated. thanks!

Answer:I've changed system tray icons .dll files, some icons disappeared

Hello Delkoo and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might try rebuilding your icon cache.

Icon Cache - Rebuild

Then take a look at customizing the notification area (old system tray.)

Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications

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Hi, I accidently set a .xwm file type to open with Windows Media Player. I need it set as an unknown file type to open with its proper program. Any suggestions?

Answer:Change Back To Unknown Application Type

Right-click the files > Open With > Choose default program...

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In the Windows>Software section for removing programs, I found this program:

EAX4 Unified Redist
publisher: Creative Labs
version 4.001
and there is a link to this adress:

I have no idea what this program is and how it is installed. Where could this come from? Is it possible dangerous?

Answer:unknown application: EAX4 Unified Redist

I don't know exactly what it is, but it's probably safe considering how it's developed by Creative.

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On my Task Manager theres an application that sometimes changes name "work" or"sleep" that prevents my pc from shutting down that i have to press "Force shut down" button when shutting down my pc. Im using Windows 7, this application cannot be End Process,The logo is like three different squares one is yellow blue and red square. I haven't fixed this. I need help

Answer:Unknown application cant End Process prevents pc from shutting down

Download Process Explorer and see what info you can get from that process -

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Hello, I have what I believe to be a problem. On all my Windows 10 machines I have discovered a Hidden Unknown Background Process running at all times. This Unknown Process is not visible in the normal task manager, it's only visible in third party tools like cports and other networking tools. Dose any one know what this is, or if it's a problem or not. Sometimes the Unknown Process will launch many other Unknown Processes making windows 10 slow to react. Below is a list of hosts the Unknown Process is sending requests back and forth to.
Not everything in the list below was coming from this Unknown Process but a lot of it was, I just copied out my block list from my host file and posted it, so some of the list may have been coming from other possesses but most of them are from this Unknown Background application in windows 10.
akamaitechnologi... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 Hidden Unknown Background Application

You have adware on the computer for sure. Suggest running the programs below to find and remove adware and malware.
Do you use computing services.?
Use CCleaner to remove Temporary files, program caches, cookies, logs, etc. Use the Default settings. No need to use the
Registry Cleaning Tool...risky. Pay close attention while installing and UNcheck offers of toolbars....especially Google.
After install, open CCleaner and run by clicking on the Run Cleaner button in the bottom right corner.
CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download
Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here
Double-click mbam-setup-2.X.X.XXXX.exe to install the application (X's are the current version number).
Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
Once MBAM opens, when it says Your databases are out of date, click the Fix Now button.
Click the Settings tab at the top, and then in the left column, select Detections and Protections, and if not already checked place a checkmark in the selection box for Scan for rootkits.
Click the Scan tab at the top of the program window, select Threat Scan and click the Scan Now button.
If you receive a message that updates are available, click the Update Now button (the update will be downloaded, installed, and the scan will start).
When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected.
Click the Remove Selected button.
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Alright, I'm trying to fix my mother's computer, I have no idea what's going on, this is the first time i've actually seen this happen. All the icons on her computer are unknown, and if i browse to find the file the icon belongs to it'll open, I choose always use this option with this file, however the icon never changes, and when i restart the computer it's the same thing all the unknown icons...

Also, I have mozilla firefox on her computer and everytime i'm typing something it'll stop and i have to click out of where im typing then click back in to finish typing... the heck is that about? LoL nothing like typing something, and all of a sudden you find out nothings being put on the screen.

It's frustrating!! Any suggestions?
I'd really appreciate it!

Answer:Win XP Unknown Icons?!

It might be a Virus, Do you have an Anti-virus program? if so turn it on and Scan. That's all i can help.

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Question: Unknown icons

Windows xp. I have run several spyware and malware removers and now I have these icons that are white boxes with red square,green circle and blue circle on all web pages. All other issues I was having seem to be fixed other than the icons. I ran Hijackthis and here is the log it that helps.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 00:28:54, on 12/24/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\SafeandSecure\SafeandSecure\app\Prism.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Blubster\Blubster.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
c:\program files\safeandsecure\safeandsecure\app\CurtainsSysSvcNt.exe
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Question: unknown icons

Please what does ViewerX.alb stand for and what is it used for as I find it sometimes amongst my pictures same goes for SD_VIDEO. Both I find in picture folders and I wonder is it alright to delete them?

Answer:unknown icons

This is what it refers to -click here

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Hello to everyone! I hope someone can help me on my problem. Based on my attachments, my application or exe icons are not showing their real icons. I dont know what to do anymore. I already scanned for a probable spyware or any infection but nothing happened. I hope I could turn them back to its original icons. I saved my itunes installer to my flash disk to try if this will look the same on my friends laptop but unfortunately, it showed the real itunes icon. Is there any settings or registry that I need to edit on my system? Please help me guys!


Answer:Application (exe) Icons Are Gone

You'll have to be sure that your system is free of malware before trying the fix below. If your system is infected the best case is that the fix will fail - the worst case is that it can open up additional ways to infect your system. Try one of these free, online scans first:(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully) Scan Only - no removal<links compiled on 02/14/2008><links reordered on 09/10/2008> Once that's done, try the "EXE File Association Fix" on this page: is the code contanied in the registry file for the above fix:Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"


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Like the topic said I have some strange program install in my computer I don't know should I delete it or not

The program name is bl and ph

Answer:I have some unknown program in my program and features.

I'm assuming that you've run a malware scan that came up clean. Otherwise, run something like Malwarebytes or Adwcleaner to be sure. These seem to have Microsoft icons associated with them. If they appear in Control Panel/Programs & Features or your Program Files x84, then do a sort by installation date and see if they were installed at the same time as ASP.NET or Visual C++ or some other program. Then you'll know that they are a byproduct of something else. You may simply create a restore point, uninstall and see what happens.

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I have a problem and then a question.

My icons were recently messed with when starting my compute. This is what "My Computer" currently looks like:

And then in control panel:
For some reason, they are gone. Do you know how I can recover these? Furthermore, when I do click on the C or D drive, it directs me to file search. Thought if I right-click on the disk and click on open, I can continue as usual.

I tried going though system restore, but the last and only available date is at 3:52 AM today. I went through Tweak UI, but that didn't work either.

Computer specs are below. Any and all help would be appreciated.

And then my question. Is it a good idea to compress my hard drive to conserve disk space?

Answer:Disk Icons gone, various icons gone, files re-arranged and a question

Did you use StarDock?

Because I experienced this problem before.

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I have this issue happening on multiple computers. Most of the computers are IE9 and we have ran all available Windows updates. It is not something we can instantly reproduce, but still happens 3-8 times a week.
I have a lot of dump files from multiple computers.
Steps taken so far.
-Clearing IE cache.
-Resetting IE settings.
-Disabling addons
-Enabling Use Software rendering instead of GPU rendering.

Faulting application name: IEXPLORE.EXE, version: 11.0.9600.17840, time stamp: 0x555fe1bb
Faulting module name: unknown, version:, time stamp: 0x00000000
Exception code: 0xc000041d
Fault offset: 0x00690061
Faulting process id: 0x1efc
Faulting application start time: 0x01d1ffb2290e506a
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
Faulting module path: unknown
Report Id: 9e8aeb45-6ba5-11e6-ae97-64006a564e0c

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Running Windows XP. Kids have been on the computer and downloaded something called "bear share". Might be a coincidence but since then I've had a message "An unknown application is trying to change your default search engine" on startin IE. If I click OK it goes but pings up again two seconds later. If I click the X it goes away for good.

I'd like to get rid of it. I've run C Cleaner, AVG, and Stopzilla but it still happens.

I'd be grateful for some help.

HJT log is:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 20:59:54, on 25/09/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\iS3\Anti-Spyware\SZServer.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BTNtService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe
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Answer:An unknown application is trying to change your default search engine

Run HJT again and put a check in the following:

O3 - Toolbar: BearShare MediaBar - {D3DEE18F-DB64-4BEB-9FF1-E1F0A5033E4A} - C:\Program Files\BearShare Applications\BearShare MediaBar\BSMediaBar.dll

Close all applications and browser windows before you click "fix checked".

Please download the OTMoveIt2 by OldTimer.

Save it to your desktop.
Please double-click OTMoveIt2.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
Copy the lines in the quote box below to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose Copy):

C:\Program Files\BearShare Applications

Click to expand...
Return to OTMoveIt2, right click in the "Paste Custom List Of Files/Patterns To Move" window (under the yellow bar) and choose Paste.

Click the red Moveit! button.
Copy everything in the Results window (under the green bar) to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose copy), and paste it in your next reply.
Close OTMoveIt2
Note: If a file or folder cannot be moved immediately you may be asked to reboot the machine to finish the move process. If you are asked to reboot the machine choose Yes. In this case, after the reboot, open Notepad (Start->All Programs->Accessories->Notepad), click File->Open, in the File Name box enter *.log and press the Enter key, navigate to the C:\_... Read more

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Unknown Application secretly opens/closes IE window

I have IE Privacy Keeper installed and set to Auto Clean Up when the last Internet Explorer window is closed and set to show the ?Cleaning up ?? message. When I first connect to the Internet via my ISP (Wal-Mart Connect) and before I open any Internet Explorer window, the ?Cleaning up ?? message from IE Privacy Keeper flashes on my screen. This tell me that some application on my hard drive has secretly opened an Internet Explorer window and then closed that window within the span of a few seconds, presumably to pass information stored on my computer to someone connected to the Internet.

I?ve read and performed the How to: Spyware, Trojan And Virus Removal ( with no luck on fixing the problem. Please tell me how I can find out which application(s) on my hard drive are secretly opening an Internet Explorer window and then closing that window. Thanks.

Answer:Unknown Application secretly opens/closes IE window


It is very important that you at least try to do everything in the READ ME. If you still have a problem then do the following:

Please try to turn OFF any applications that are not needed It makes it much easier to look at the HJT log.
Make sure you have HijackThis 1.99.1 and follow the guidelines on where to install it and how to post a log as an attachment. This is all covered in the sticky thread NO HIJACK THIS LOG FILES BEFORE READING THIS: HJT Tutorial & LOG File Posting

Now post a HijackThis log as an attachment to your message (Do not post the log inline). All running programs should be closed, INCLUDING YOUR WEB BROWSER, e-mail. Close before running Hijack This!

To repeat: Do NOT run Hijack This from the Desktop, a temp folder, or a sub-folder of C:\Documents and Settings, or choose to run it directly from the downloaded ZIP file. Place it in its own folder for example C:\Program Files\HJT

Good Luck

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On my girl friends computer every time internet explorer is opened a pop up saying an unknown application is trying to change your default search engine comes up and when you pick the option of keep my original search engine it just keeps popping up! Can anyone please help me to remove this annoying thing?

Answer:An Unknown Application Is Trying To Change Your Default Search Engine

It looks like you may be infected with spyware. Have you run an anti spyware program?

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I have noticed extremely strange activity on my computer lately ,
(1) my computer has this application that is running without my permision ,i cannot locate the souce of where it is running from it is called "oasis exe."
(2)my other programs are also opening as if someone else is giving my computer commands(ex:2 dif applications began for no reason,it's like they are being opened but without the administrative command,pretty much on their own.
(3)I was not even hooked up to the internet and found when i scanned my com using avg that a knew set of javascript viruses found there way onto my computer,I think somehow there is an application that is reopeneing itself and causing a repeat effect of the same virus i have just wiped the last time i was online(even not hooked up online i am getting these over and over again)
(4)i have tried the following spy,addware removal tools,bug tools:
xsoftspy,,trend-micro antispy,,pc bug doctor,avg free,,

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hello,i just installing fresh windows,antivirus are up to date,drivers and other software installed properly,but when i starts windows after 5-10 minute the explorer.exe seems error,and the audio driver not working.

the event viewer only give 1 erorr message,here is some info:


Event Type: Error
Event Source: Application Error
Event Category: (100)
Event ID: 1000
Date: 28/05/2009
Time: 12:20:01
User: N/A
Computer: EXZEDNET-19
Faulting application , version, faulting module unknown, version, fault address 0x00000000.
For more information, see Help and Support Center at
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 20 30 2e ure 0.
0018: 30 2e 30 2e 30 20 69 6e 0.0.0 in
0020: 20 75 6e 6b 6e 6f 77 6e unknown
0028: 20 30 2e 30 2e 30 2e 30
0030: 20 61 74 20 6f 66 66 73 at offs
0038: 65 74 20 30 30 30 30 30 et 00000
0040: 30 30 30 000


i am using windows xp,i try installing different service pack,2 and 3,but the problem is same. here is the screen shot of start up and driver:

hope you can help me and thanks for your time

Answer:unknown application error (audio driver not working)

Hello and Welcome to TSF,

Check device manager for any yellow ! marks.

make and model of pc.

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All application icons have the default program icon over top of the icon they are supposed to have. Folder, docs and the system icons are fine but all applications have the extra icon over the top of them. It is just really annoying because all of the applications look like the same icon.

Answer:Win 7 application Icons over top of all Icons

Try IconCache Rebuilder

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Hi new to this so go easy. Running XP with all the updates.
Had a problem with installing KB 2393802 on an automatic download and was advised to delete some dlls and run TweaksIE because I could not get internet in safe mode. Anyway I did this and it solved the problem of the KB installation and the the internet (old Norton install) whilst in safe mode. Sorry but I made a note of the dlls and cant kind find it anywhere.

Now Windows explore will not display the folder icons correctly on either the tree or the folder view panes. I think they are showing the default view for "Unknown file types. (Its a white background box with some blue inserts inside).

I have played around with folder view but with no success and now struggling after a few hours to progress. Can anyone help?


Answer:XP Explore ICONS Unknown

Run sfc /scannow
This will start the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files and verify their integrity, replacing any files with which it finds a problem.
There is a dll cache so if you need the ones you removed, it will probably restore them. I'm very skittish about removing any system files. I usually move them to the desktop and create a text file with the path where they were. Then if something goes wrong, I put them back exactly where they were originally.

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On my screen at present on the bottom R/H corner above the task bar is a row of icons and will try to explain what they look like.There are seven
the first is a small letter T on a green background the 2nd a small F on a blue background the 3rd I am not sure what the symbol is it could be a small G with a + by the side on a black background the 4th is the word IN on a blue background the 5th looks like the power symbol on a remote control it is red on a white background the 6th says YOU TUBE on a red background ansd the last is a orange square with three curved white lines.There is a X at the beginning of the row.Has anyone else had or got these symbols or knows what they mean.Thought it might be something to do with google

Answer:A row of Unknown icons above taskbar

Is this on the web page or on the desktop? If its only this site then that is the links pop-up for different social media for PCA. If on the desktop then right click and select properties, should give info.

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