Why do none of my exe files work in Windows 7 and how can I fix it?
Question by kerky /

I’m having trouble with my laptop. I’m not sure what’s wrong, but none of my exe files are working. At first, the files were converted to WinZIP files and then I deleted WinZIP, but now none of the stuff to fix it online works.

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Answers (4)
  • FIDELIS

    Hello, there was a question similar to yours not long ago.  If you read the comments you could try different solutions posted there.  This is the link:

    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/fix-issue-virus-turned-desktop-icons-lnk-files-boot-windows/

    After trying different things the person that posted the question solved his problem by using the inkfix_vista file.  To fix your problem, go to the next link and try the solution 2 provided by Aibek.  At the bottom of solution 2, click on the link and you will be downloading this tools.  Once it finishes downloading, unzip it and then run it.  Hopefully, it will fix your question too.

    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/change-fix-file-associations-windows-7/

    Make sure to do full scans with your antivirus/antimalware.

  • Anonymous

    Have you tried these reg keys for file association
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/file-asso-fixes-for-windows-7/

  • Jeffery Fabish

    Hi Kerky,

    If you have system restore enabled, you could restore to before this issue occurred. Here is a tutorial on how to do that.

    Could you please expand on “they don’t work”, do you get an error or when you execute them they don’t do anything? This problem is indictive of the W32/Swen virus.

    First, I would run Fixit (Microsoft) to fix the file association with executables. If that doesn’t work, please read this article on restoring file associations yourself. You will need to Restart, then download and install Malwarebytes. Once installed, update it and run a full scan. Please post back with the results of that scan. If you’re infected we can proceed with a fix to that issue as well.

  • Mike

    Well, what did you do before you encountered this problem?
    If you installed some “random” software from the internet you might have caught an infection. In that case you should scan your system with an antivirus program immediately.

    anything else depends on the answer to the question…