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How to recover from losing ALL file associations

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    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

    How to recover from losing ALL file associations


    I recently contracted a virus which seems to have eliminated ALL my file associations. I've confirmed that .LNK, .EXE, .COM, and .BAT associations are gone. All proposed fixes to re-associate .EXE files don't work for me, because of all the other associations I've lost.

    I have been able to click the power icon on the Start screen, hold-down shift, and click Restart to take me to a menu with many helpful options like Refresh, Reset, Safe Mode, and Command Prompt. I booted into Command Prompt Mode, and executed this command, which I found online and thought would re-associate .EXE files:

    assoc .exe=exefile

    The shell response was "exe=exefile", which I thought meant that the change was made. The "shutdown" command did not work, and I didn't see any option to exit Command Prompt Mode, so that that point I used the power button on my desktop's tower to do a hard reset.

    I then tried to boot into Safe Mode and launch EXEs there, but it didn't work.

    After returning to my desktop, nothing changed. I'm confident that Refresh will resolve this, but is anyone aware of a way I can use shell commands to fix this without having to re-install all my programs and re-configure all my personal settings?

    Thanks!

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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Back on WinXP I'd run two small programs, first was rkill from RKill Download followed by fixexec from the same place, FixExec Download .
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    Can you use system restore to a date before this happened? That would be a quick solution.
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Quote Originally Posted by play2mefish View Post
    Can you use system restore to a date before this happened? That would be a quick solution.
    That is not going to solve the OP problem. My guess is that they used some type of system cleaning software, which caused this. This is not normal virus behavior.
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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by play2mefish View Post
    Can you use system restore to a date before this happened? That would be a quick solution.
    That is not going to solve the OP problem. My guess is that they used some type of system cleaning software, which caused this. This is not normal virus behavior.
    I had just installed the free Panda Antivirus program from CNET and tried to full system scan right before this happened. However, as that came highly recommended from How-To Geek I just assumed it was the virus that did this rather than the ANTIvirus. :-P

    Regardless, it would seem that opting for the refresh would take care of this. However, I have a digital license for Windows 8 and have no physical disc for it. Will I be able to refresh that way?
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Try this thread post #2
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