Choose the program you want to use to open this file?

Yesterday I got the "Windows Antivirus Pro" rogue program. I suspected that it was fake so I called someone up to give me step by step instructions of how to get rid of it. The last thing that I had to do was to go to the Registry Editor (Run > regedit) and take some stuff off. I tried accessing the Registry Editor and was greeted with the "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" message. Now, every "exe." file I try to open gets this message.

Can anyone tell me how, or give me a link that tells me how to fix this problem?

Additional details:

I'm running Windows XP home.

Windows Antivirus Pro info:


It wasn't a virus, it was a program that seizes function of your computer. I wiped all the files that the program had on my computer, now I just need to fix the settings or something to get rid of the "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" problem.

Update 2:

The program/virus/malware is not on my computer anywhere. I just need to fix the "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" thing..

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Unfortunately some of the tools used to remove rogue software are themselves rogues and the site you have linked to prompts people to download spyhunter - not a good idea.

    It looks as if your .exe file association is corrupted - that's why you can't open the registry editor (regedit.exe)

    First download EXE file association fix from here (it's a zip file that contains a .reg file that you will import into the registry)

    - right click "EXE file association FIX" and save file to your desktop

    Now you will have to launch registry editor through Command Prompt.

    1. Open up Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del

    2. Click on File, then, while holding the Ctrl key, click on New Task (Run…)

    3. This will open up a Command Prompt. From there, you can open up the Registry Editor by typing “regedit” (without the quotes) then press Enter).

    With the Registry Editor open, you can now import the REG file which you can use to fix the EXE file association problem. Click on File, then Import - and look for the REG file you have extracted (the xp_exe_fix.reg file)

    Windows XP will now tell you that you have successfully imported the file. Restart your PC and hopefully you have repaired the EXE file association problem you were having.

    NOTE: if you can't unzip the EXE file association fix, you will need to repair the ZIP file association first by importing it into the registry using the method outlined above.

    It may be a good idea to scan your PC with malwarebytes antimalware - free for personal use

    and/or superantispyware

    Best of luck.

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  • CPU
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    The reason this is happening is because the rogue program lists all the problems on your computer but doesn't allow you to fix anything until you buy it. It also keeps you from downloading anything. To fix it do the following. Right click your taskbar and go into "Task Manager" click on the tab labeled "Processes" click on "Show processes for all users" locate "Windows Antivirus Pro.exe" right click it and choose end process. The locate "svchast.exe" and do the same. NOTE: make sure you DONT confuse it with svchost as that is a good executable file. Now that you have removed both of those you can now download things. Open your browser and download Malwarebytes. Once you finish installing that open it and run a full scan. It will take a long time so be patient and don't interrupt it or use your computer while it's running. When it's done a pop-up will say the scan was completed and for you to press ok, once you do that a window will show up with the rogue programs entries and whatnot, if everything is checked, press the remove selected button. you're all set.

    Source(s): Malwarebytes Messing with the registry was a bad idea. If all else fails just do a system restore to before you installed that program.
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  • 4 years ago

    The easiest way to figure out which program to use is to right click on the file and go to properties and get the full file name. (The file will have a name like file.extention) Then google the file extention. You will usually find an article explaining what program is needed to use this extention. Or maybe just post the extention here. Someone will probably know.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Backup Data on a DVD or external hard drive

    Clean format.

    Put a good antivirus, norton/mcaffee

    Put the backed up files on your PC(coz backup may contain virus too if in external hard drive)

    Source(s): Microsoft
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  • 1 decade ago

    Can you use add/remove programs (in control panel)? If not, you should be able to delete the folder either in C: or C:/program files, I hope this helps, if not, I wish you good luck.

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  • 1 decade ago

    To same load of hassle i would just wipe windows windows should be wiped at-least every every 4 months it slows down a lot.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    anti viruses suck get rid of it before it to late

    Source(s): google
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