mikew_nt

System.BrokenFileAssociation

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Hi - I ran into this same problem, and unfortunately my registry seems to have been updated and I cannot get it back to the way it was. I am basically having the same problem as Alinda (post #17) from May 10, 2010, though I am running XP Pro SP 3:

- I am using SAS version 4.50.1002

- I updated my OS to XP Pro Service Pack 3

- I somehow got infected with some malware that kept popping up pretending to scan my hard drive, said it found a lot of infected files and wanted me to buy a version of the security software for $99.

- I ran the SAS and it found some malware files but also found som "System.BrokenFileAssociation" items and had some "fixes" for it.

- I let SAS do everything it recommended and re-booted

- Now when I boot up I still see all of my programs, but I cannot launch anything. It cannot associate the file with the executable.

I am able to get SAS to run by going to the SuperAntiSpyware.exe file and launching it from there. I can view the quarantine items, but cannot open the log files to see what exactly was done. I tried using the "Restore" feature on the System.BrokenFile Association quarantined item, but it did not seem to do anything.

Sorry I'm not an expert on this, and am nervous about mucking around with my registry. I saw that Alinda got a file that worked to repair her registry for Windows 7, but as I said, I'm running XP Pro SP 3. Can anyone help me out or point me to some online resources that would lead me through what I need to do. Thanks a lot.

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add me to the list. been infested w/ stuff and i've been cleaning and the like the last couple days. finally *seem* to be down to this only. i'm using 4.51 defs 6960.0.0.4772 ~ got the tip from a link on another forum.

I notice Geoff's reply back in May last year (ooh, happy anniversary) said a fix had been put in, therefore is the fact i'm receiving this warning something to be concerned about? i will add that i'm bluescreening on shutdown - it started hanging and restarting on shutdaown, then i did another scan, started shutting down normally, then after another scan and finally (paws crossed) getting rid of the last trojan it's hanging again.

TIA.

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Thanks that seems to have worked fine. Even though I got error messages while trying to follow the instructions. Now I can just use my Windows 7 installation again.

After this experience and reading various articles I have now turned off the automatic quarantine and remove infected file option. I have had too many false positives, both from SAS and my virus scanner.

Thanks for the help!

We also provide a file association fix here:

http://www.superantispyware.com/downloads/SAS_FixEXEfile.com

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We also provide a file association fix here:

http://www.superantispyware.com/downloads/SAS_FixEXEfile.com

I am a more or less complete newbie, and have had to read a lot over the last 24 hours.

In the first instance, I am concerned and confused about that link :

http://www.superantispyware.com/downloads/SAS_FixEXEfile.com

as I believe McAfee was telling me it contained a Trojan "Artemis!B6F38EC8B846" when I clicked on it and it started to download (in Chrome) I killed Chrome and McAfee says it cleaned 2 copies in downloads/cache. So I have not run it.

Secondly: The reason I was looking at the link, and so what do I do now, please?

I have Windows7 32bit Dell Vostro laptop. Normally I run Prevx (3.0 subscribed version) , which has picked up a few viruses in the past that McAfee(subscribed) and MSSecurity Essentials did not (Had been running all 3 with no apparent clash).

Yesterday, in Chrome, I ended up with what I believe was a "Fast Windows Antivirus 2011" popup window running, and so I killed off Chrome from Task Manager ASAP. I ran all Prevx, Mcafee, MSSE full scans which detected nothing.

I rebooted in SafeMode and ran Malware bytes (free) which found nothing, and SAS(free) which found lots of cookies and System.BrokenFileAssociation, which I think I saw listed as just the 1 HKCR.exe

SAS version is 4.52.1000 core 7061 trace 4873

I quarantined HKCR.exe in SAS with no apparent side effects, and rebooted several times, and SAS is now coming up clean, but I wanted to get clarity on whether I should restrore HCKR.exe or delete completely, and I thought the SAS_FixEXEfile.com link might be the answer.

Any help appreciated. Thanks

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I am a more or less complete newbie, and have had to read a lot over the last 24 hours.

In the first instance, I am concerned and confused about that link :

http://www.superantispyware.com/downloads/SAS_FixEXEfile.com

as I believe McAfee was telling me it contained a Trojan "Artemis!B6F38EC8B846" when I clicked on it and it started to download (in Chrome) I killed Chrome and McAfee says it cleaned 2 copies in downloads/cache. So I have not run it.

Secondly: The reason I was looking at the link, and so what do I do now, please?

I have Windows7 32bit Dell Vostro laptop. Normally I run Prevx (3.0 subscribed version) , which has picked up a few viruses in the past that McAfee(subscribed) and MSSecurity Essentials did not (Had been running all 3 with no apparent clash).

Yesterday, in Chrome, I ended up with what I believe was a "Fast Windows Antivirus 2011" popup window running, and so I killed off Chrome from Task Manager ASAP. I ran all Prevx, Mcafee, MSSE full scans which detected nothing.

I rebooted in SafeMode and ran Malware bytes (free) which found nothing, and SAS(free) which found lots of cookies and System.BrokenFileAssociation, which I think I saw listed as just the 1 HKCR.exe

SAS version is 4.52.1000 core 7061 trace 4873

I quarantined HKCR.exe in SAS with no apparent side effects, and rebooted several times, and SAS is now coming up clean, but I wanted to get clarity on whether I should restrore HCKR.exe or delete completely, and I thought the SAS_FixEXEfile.com link might be the answer.

Any help appreciated. Thanks

Its no trojan; running the file will repair your exe file assciations. Please run the file then run a scan with SUPERAntiSpyware. After doing so; if HCKR//.EXE comes up again, please trust and allow that detection.

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Just for the record, I had the same problem yesterday with SAS Pro v. 4.53.1000, def core 7184, trace 4996. Initally after quarantining, I could not access anything from Vista SP2 through the start menu. I was able to access through safe mode and was OK once I rebooted.

However, this seems to be an ongoing problem. I had it on another computer a few weeks ago. However, I did not realize it was a SAS problem at the time. Is SAS going to be able to fix this bug without using the fix utility?

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