All my shortcuts are opening as a notepad. How do I get it back to running programs normally?

Even when going to the start menu and click on a program it comes up as a notepad info (random numbers and letters) I don't read computer language! Pleas help! I have ran an update and complete norton virus scan but still no change. I tried to do a system restore but the notepad comes up instead. Is there... show more Even when going to the start menu and click on a program it comes up as a notepad info (random numbers and letters) I don't read computer language! Pleas help!
I have ran an update and complete norton virus scan but still no change. I tried to do a system restore but the notepad comes up instead. Is there another way to restore?
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