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    Original Poster

    I turned on my vista laptop today, and the 1st thing I notice that is wrong is msn didnt auto start like it use to, and my AV (PC Tools Spyware Doctor With AV) took a a while to load its tray icon which i thought was odd!

    Then when i tried to open firefox.exe I get the following error, which i get for every .exe!

    Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not … Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.



    And I am the only account user on the laptop which is admin, but i have also tried right clicking the .exe and 'Run As Admin', but no luck!

    I have also tried to restore back to a previous date, but i got the same error message as when trying to open a .exe

    I managed to get onto the internet to write this thread by making a url shortcut on my desktop and this allow me to use firefox.

    I am now scanning my laptop using PC Tools Spyware Doctor full scan, but i doubt this will solve the problem

    Any help would be kind

    see if u can access [url]www.malwarebytes.com[/url], if so download and full scan.
    let us know how that goes

    Original Poster

    maddogb;7090068

    see if u can access [url]www.malwarebytes.com[/url], if so download and … see if u can access [url]www.malwarebytes.com[/url], if so download and full scan.let us know how that goes



    will this be any different to Pc tools Spyware doctor with anti-virus, which I already have scanning?

    Malwarebytes is the best .....

    Original Poster

    tonyg1962;7090094

    Malwarebytes is the best .....



    Just downloaded a free version, and doing a full scan now

    Banned

    [COLOR="Navy"]if all .exe's weren't working, windows wouldn't boot btw.

    Sounds like all your shortcuts have either 1) had their location changed 2) been corrupted somehow.

    Try typing this into a folder window location bar...

    [URL="file:\\C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"]file:\\C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe[/URL]
    [/COLOR]

    maddogb;7090068

    see if u can access [url]www.malwarebytes.com[/url], if so download and … see if u can access [url]www.malwarebytes.com[/url], if so download and full scan.let us know how that goes



    tonyg1962;7090094

    Malwarebytes is the best .....



    +1

    Original Poster

    vibeone;7090206

    [COLOR="Navy"]if all .exe's weren't working, windows wouldn't boot … [COLOR="Navy"]if all .exe's weren't working, windows wouldn't boot btw.Sounds like all your shortcuts have either 1) had their location changed 2) been corrupted somehow.Try typing this into a folder window location bar...[URL="file:\\C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"]file:\\C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe[/URL][/COLOR]



    typed it in and got the same error message

    Original Poster

    The Therapist;7090304

    +1



    added a key, so now its the full version and still scanning, I will let you no the results

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    Jooe;7090338

    typed it in and got the same error message


    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]
    OK for for some reason your user account doesn't seem to have execute access to your c drive (which is as bad as it sounds really).

    Try right clicking on computer in start menu, manage, local users and groups, right click on your username and click add to group. then add to the administrators (Should already be done).

    alternatively, right click on your c drive within my computer, and click properties, then select the security tab. Make sure your account is listed and has full control permissions. if not, add the account (if missing) and give it full permissions.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    Original Poster

    vibeone;7090697

    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]OK for for some … [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]OK for for some reason your user account doesn't seem to have execute access to your c drive (which is as bad as it sounds really).Try right clicking on computer in start menu, manage, local users and groups, right click on your username and click add to group. then add to the administrators (Should already be done).alternatively, right click on your c drive within my computer, and click properties, then select the security tab. Make sure your account is listed and has full control permissions. if not, add the account (if missing) and give it full permissions.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]



    in computer managment, i cant seem to see local users??

    and for your 2nd suggestion, in the c: permission dialog box, all groups and users have full control, but none of them have special permissions and i cant tick the box for it either?..is this the problem?

    Original Poster

    maddogb;7090068

    see if u can access [url]www.malwarebytes.com[/url], if so download and … see if u can access [url]www.malwarebytes.com[/url], if so download and full scan.let us know how that goes



    scan finished and there was 0 infected files, so that wasn't the problem

    Vibeone as clueless as always.....

    Original Poster

    matt3454;7091252

    Vibeone as clueless as always.....



    helpful of you

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    Jooe;7090888

    in computer managment, i cant seem to see local users??and for your 2nd … in computer managment, i cant seem to see local users??and for your 2nd suggestion, in the c: permission dialog box, all groups and users have full control, but none of them have special permissions and i cant tick the box for it either?..is this the problem?



    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"]Hmm... I'm on 7 but should be the same.

    I've got in the tree Computer Management --> System Tools --> Local Users and Groups?

    Is your specific account listed in the permissions dialog box? Can you add an account?[/SIZE][/FONT]


    matt3454;7091252

    Vibeone as clueless as always.....



    Jooe;7091264

    helpful of you



    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Ignore him, he's a lunatic (and clearly quite stupid as well)[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    Original Poster

    Computer Management --> System Tools -->

    all that is listed is:

    task scheduler
    event viewer
    shared folders
    reliability and performance
    device manager

    ACER (C: ) Properties--->Security

    under groups or user names it says...

    Authenticated users
    SYSTEM
    Admin (Joe-LAPTOP\Admin)
    Users (Joe-LAPTOP\Users)

    and all the above has 'Full control' ticked, but none of them have special permissions tick, and I am unable to tick them.

    Banned

    matt3454;7091252

    Vibeone as clueless as always.....



    Jooe;7091499

    Computer Management -- System Tools --all that is listed is:task … Computer Management --> System Tools -->all that is listed is:task schedulerevent viewershared foldersreliability and performancedevice managerACER (C: ) Properties--->Securityunder groups or user names it says...Authenticated usersSYSTEMAdmin (Joe-LAPTOP\Admin)Users (Joe-LAPTOP\Users)[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]and all the above has 'Full control' ticked, but none of them have special permissions tick, and I am unable to tick them.



    Hmm I'm afraid I am now indeed, clueless. Not sure why its missing. Shouldn't need permissions anyway. Very odd. I'll hand over to someone else... matt seems to know what hes doing lol.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    .exe file associations have been malwared its a common trait, a good malware/spyware cleaner should be able to help or you could go through the file association list, that's what it sounds like anywho.

    Original Poster

    Alfonse;7091546

    .exe file associations have been malwared its a common trait, a good … .exe file associations have been malwared its a common trait, a good malware/spyware cleaner should be able to help or you could go through the file associations lists, that's what it sounds like anywho.



    I scanned with Malwarebytes & PC Tool Spyware doc and 0 files were infected

    Original Poster

    vibeone;7091541

    Hmm I'm afraid I am now indeed, clueless. Not sure why its missing. … Hmm I'm afraid I am now indeed, clueless. Not sure why its missing. Shouldn't need permissions anyway. Very odd. I'll hand over to someone else... matt seems to know what hes doing lol.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/B]



    I have copyed all my music to a external HD, but how to i copy all my programs to it, so if i re-boot my laptop i dont have to download all the programs i want again?

    Jooe;7091579

    I scanned with Malwarebytes & PC Tool Spyware doc and 0 files were … I scanned with Malwarebytes & PC Tool Spyware doc and 0 files were infected



    no doubt but I've seen very similiar issues myself,

    things to try registry cleaner

    winhelponline.com/art…tml

    this link may help, download the .exe fix tool from there

    Banned

    Jooe;7091597

    I have copyed all my music to a external HD, but how to i copy all my … I have copyed all my music to a external HD, but how to i copy all my programs to it, so if i re-boot my laptop i dont have to download all the programs i want again?



    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Sienna"]by reboot you mean format and reinstall? Yes you'd lose everything, and would need to redownload/install. you could backup the installe[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]rs.

    Original Poster

    vibeone;7091670

    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Sienna"]by reboot you mean … [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Sienna"]by reboot you mean format and reinstall? Yes you'd lose everything, and would need to redownload/install. you could backup the installe[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]rs.



    yes I am prob going to format, and i have saved all my documents, but how do i save the installers?

    Just go to C:----->program files and copy all the programs, then after formating just copy and paste in into C:----->program files

    will this work and i want have to install each program one by one?

    Original Poster

    Alfonse;7091656

    no doubt but I've seen very similiar issues myself,things to try registry … no doubt but I've seen very similiar issues myself,things to try registry cleanerhttp://www.winhelponline.com/articles/105/1/File-association-fixes-for-Windows-Vista.htmlthis link may help, download the .exe fix tool from there



    would tune-up utilitys 2009 do the same job?

    Jooe;7091776

    would tune-up utilitys 2009 do the same job?



    yes its worth using tuneuputils but please try that .exe fix first

    Original Poster

    Alfonse;7091823

    yes its worth using tuneuputils but please try that .exe fix first



    I downloaded 'exefix_vista' right click and please merge, and I got the same error message as before!

    you have tried going into safe mode *f8 key on boot)and doing a system restore to before this happened?
    having run malwarebytes and coming up clean i doubt this is malware related, but you never know !
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