Help with "Windows cannot find" and "ShellExecuteEx failed"

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by canary67, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. canary67

    canary67 MDL Novice

    Mar 21, 2010
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    Newbie here,

    System info: Acer Aspire 6930 running Vista Home Premium 2007

    Problem: Got a virus but I can surf the internet and do standard functions. I download fix after fix but cannot run the exe files to repair viral problems.

    Issue: When I try to open most (not all) icons or exe files I am prompted with "Windows cannot find 'xxx'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again." I have tried to Open as Administrator but get the same prompt. After downloading each fix that I find on the internet, I click on the repair exe files and get, "ShellExecuteEx failed, code 2. The system cannot find the file specified." I have tried to open Regedit.exe but get the same result.

    Any help or ideas are greatly appreciated!

    thanks
     
  2. alextheg

    alextheg Super Moderator
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    Get Avast 5 anti-virus. Do a boot time virus scan. This scans entire system before OS loads and gets rid of any nasties. Once your virus is gone open command prompt as administrator and type "sfc scannow". This will check for corrupted system files and repair them. Hopefully this will sort things out for you.
     
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  3. canary67

    canary67 MDL Novice

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    alextheg,

    thanks for the quick response and solution...will try this and get back to you in the coming days.
     
  4. canary67

    canary67 MDL Novice

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    alextheg,
    just downloaded Avast 5 and double clicked on the exe file but again got the same result of "Windows cannot find...." I even tried to open as administrator. also, you mentioned doing a boot time virus scan...I'm a little unclear: did you mean that i should run the Avast 5 then within my PC, setup a bootup virus scan? or is the boot time virus scan part of the Avast software workings?
     
  5. urie

    urie Moderator
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  6. melntedski

    melntedski MDL Novice

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    i am having the exact same problem! someone please help :-/
     
  7. melntedski

    melntedski MDL Novice

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    anyone who could help me please write me.
     
  8. sunstar

    sunstar MDL Junior Member

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    You can run via .bat files


    run regedit via bat file and fix your .exe extension problem