How do I restore my Sony Vaio Windows 7 laptop to factory settings?

Michael B December 23, 2013
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Its a Sony Vaio, with Windows 7. The reason is that for some reason all of my programs somehow became marked as .lnk and now every time I try to open something it tries to run it using another (redacted) software.

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  1. Oron J
    December 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I agree with Hovsep. This is almost certainly the result of a virus, and one that is does not necessarily require rebuilding the computer.

    Remove the virus (you can use Malwarebytes Antimalware Free from malwarebytes.org or SuperAntiSpyware for the purpose).

    You should then be able to fix the "links" problem as Hovsep suggests. Alternatively, follow the steps outlined at http://cocodrilabs.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/virus-my-files-turned-into-shortcuts-solved/ .

  2. Hovsep A
    December 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

    1) download this on another pc, extract it and transfer to a usb key
    http://www.winhelponline.com/fileasso/lnk_fix_w7.zip
    2) plug your USB key to your Sony VAIO
    3) Transfer the reg file to your Sony VAIO and click on it then reboot