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16-02-2012, 11:33 AM
Windows 7
all program icons / links when clicked on open wordpad with gobbly gook
how can I return the icons back (research on Google didn't resolve anything)

16-02-2012, 11:58 AM
You may have a malware infection.

Ive seen some Fake AV ~virus's~ do similar things with associations.

Try a system restore(may now be disabled if infected). You really need a AV/spyware scan.

16-02-2012, 12:23 PM
roger will report back

16-02-2012, 01:05 PM
The file associations have gotten out of sync thats all, programs have been told to open in word instead of their defaults.

Download the zip file from HERE (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/19449-default-file-type-associations-restore.html)

Its under number 6 --- open the zipped file, double click the Default_EXE.reg file, agree to any prompts and warning, then your programs should now open as normal.

16-02-2012, 01:49 PM
bugger - scanned with malwarebytes and no infections

opps, just saw posting from wainuitech - will do & report back

16-02-2012, 02:14 PM
getting back
followed wainuitech directions - no change

interesting to complete the install of Malwarebytes the laptop needed a reboot which I did, then when I clicked on malwarebytes to open it also became associated with WordPad
so I clicked on Open with, choose default program, I navigated to malwarebytes.exe and now all programs are associated with malwarebytes!

16-02-2012, 02:23 PM
OK, same thing as above but this time from the zipped file merge/repair the Default_LNK_(Shortcut).reg

16-02-2012, 02:54 PM
ahhhh wainuitech you're a genius!!
after a reboot all returned to normal.
Many thanks!

16-02-2012, 03:14 PM
That'll learn em to mis behave :p (hillbilly accent)