Cannot Run .EXE Files After Malware Cleanup

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Cannot Run .EXE Files After Malware CleanupCannot Run .EXE Files After Malware Cleanup

ISSUE
After virus/malware/spyware infection, all programs (.exe) fail to launch, claiming to be infected with a virus.  This can occur before or after a malware infection.

APPLIES TO
Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Seven (7), Server 2003, Server 2008, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

CAUSE
The .EXE file extension has been modified by malware, once the malware is removed, it is no longer able to locate the calling file(s), causing the .EXE to fail upon launch.

RESOLUTION
The attached .REG file will correct the settings in your registry to allow the files to run again. [Download exe_fix.reg] here.  This is a registry fix.

HOW TO USE
Download the attachment (exe_fix.reg), once downloaded, double-click it. When asked if you wish to import into the registry, choose ‘YES’. You should be able to run .exe files again. In some cases, a reboot may be required after importing the settings.

DISCLAIMER
Use of this fix has proven helpful to many, however, DNS Texas is not responsible for any issues that may arise. Use at your own risk.