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YOU MAY WANT TO RUN COMBOFIX AS WELL, YOU WILL FIND IT AND INSTRUCTIONS ON THE MAJORGEEKS WEB SITE.
Posted on Feb 15, 2008
John....You have probably taken a "hit" to your disk. Here is what you need to do in sequence.
1. Run scandisk in "through" mode.
2. Download Ccleaner and run the registry cleaner (also the Application and Windows portions if you like). It's free.
3. Download Wise registry cleaner (also free) and run it but only delete the "green checked" boxes unless you really understand your registry.
4. Check and see if the above fixes the problems.
5. If not, one at a time, delete the "offending icon" and going to the application folder file, send a shortcut to the desktop for the .exe application. One at a time so you don't get confused. If not familiar with this simply right click on the application and follow look for "send to"....click and go from there.
6. If (and perhaps you should just do a couple initially and test them) this does not fix the problem then write down the value %thisdirname% and using regedit do a find (and find next) for this value. To run regedit type the name in the "run" box. BE VERY CAREFUL YOU DO NOT DELETE ANYTHING EXCEPT THE KEY (NOT JUST THE DATA) OR KEYS THAT HAVE THIS VALUE.
7. If that does not do it get back to me...there are other things to do.
8. FYI.....when you click on a icon....a hyperlink....all it does (as shown in properties) is execute whatever the file is there.
9. One last thing I did not mention....or ask...is what O/S are you using and does it have "restore" ability...as in ME and subsequent Windows versions. If so...you might also try this or a repair (O/S dependent). If you attempt the latter after the former has failed make sure you go back to a time frame immediately before the problem you encountered.
10. This somewhat general dialog applies to many Windows problems by the way...not all...with the exception of the regedit step.
11. If you have a problem a month and spend a couple hours each time (part of the user friendly learning since Macroshaft refuses to make a reliable O/S) I have written a generic step by step solution to "any" problem. I occassionally give it away free but more often charge $5.00 for it...(that way I know some really wants it and I am not wasting my time). It will keep you out of "repair shops" 99% of the time and addreses (which repair shops do not) software issues. Their modus operandi (as is much of the dialog you have apparently received) is format and reinstall...well, the repair shops do it as it can hours (days?) to track down a software issue (particularly when they are combinatorial) and few customers can afford the price. Those who have not been through the pain....and many that have who wish to avoid it...just do the format / reinstall thing. Being Norwegian I have this (ahem) stubborn streak and have wasted days "figgering out" what the problem really is / was.
Let me know if the above does not work....and if you do not do the following on the following schedule I suggest you do.
-Have an active anti-virus (I use Avast - it's free)
-Run Ccleaner at least weekly (and two other safe registry cleaners - can give you name - all are free)
-Benchmark yourself with HIjackthis...what is there / not what crap programs add.
-Run both Spybot search and destroy and Ad-aware weekly (or more often).
-Run scandisk weekly and once a month (overnite) in through mode).
-Defrag one monthly.
If you do all this you will defeat Macroshaft and purveyors of both non-quality software and malicious software. The defeat of MS is imperative....I'll explain. Since Win 3.1 (although Vista may have something) MS has never developed a real registry cleaner. Why not? It's simple....the registry is nothing more than a look up table. To clean it would reduce the time it takes to find something (response time). It's far better to create bloat ware and sell more operating system cuz' the dumb dumb user just thinks his machine is old and getting slower (an interesting concept but only valid to living organisms). FYI left unattended the registry can become huge...I have cleaned machines with 1/2 million entries....I run different operating systems but my Windows 98 machine has 67,000 entries and is as fast as XP on the identical dsl line....and xp has twice the memory and 8 times the cpu horsepower....kinda gives ya something to think about.
End of sermon....good luck. Let me know. Tango.
Posted on Feb 12, 2008
If you can right click on your icon you will discover it pops up a menu. Select properties and then modify the command to point to where the .exe, .bat, or .com (all executable files) are. An easy way to find them is to use Windows Explorer, go the application folder (typically under Program files), open it and find the (major) .exe file. You can also send a new icon to the desktop by right clicking and creating a shortcut.
Post back if this does not work with a precise description of what occured. If this fixes the problem I suggest you take the windows tour. It will save you a lot of time in the future. Tango.
Posted on Feb 09, 2008
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