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Greetings! This has been a long-time recurring issue and I finally got around to reporting it and asking for possible solutions and advice. Quite a while back I replaced Notepad in WinXP with an alternate text editor called TheGUN, renaming it as Notepad.exe and replacing all copies of Notepad in WinXP to defeat its System File Protection feature. Ever since doing so, MBAM no longer generates log files after finishing a scan for some reason. It pops up a new TheGUN (Notepad) window but it's completely blank. This behavior has continued unchanged through several updated versions of MBAM. Is there any way to resolve this issue so that log files are properly generated? MBAM is the only application that seems to have been affected by the Notepad replacement. Thanks for your help!

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The only suggestion I would have is to replace notepad back to its original state and just use TheGUN as the replacement for notepad. When certain things call for notepad it will still be intact but by default all .txt files and others if you have them set will open in TheGUN.

I do something similar with EditPadClassic I open txt,log,ini and many others by default with it but when something calls for notepad it is still there for use.

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Thanks DukeW74 for your suggestion. I'm sure it would work but it defeats my original intent of associating and using TheGUN as the default text editor for all text files instead of Notepad. MBAM is the only program I've found to date that has any kind of problem with TheGUN and I find it very aggravating and annoying. I wonder if MBAM would have similar problems with the countless other Notepad alternatives like Notepad++, Metapad, etc. Like I said, it's not a showstopper but I really would like to find a workaround and/or have MBAM revised to allow for these alternate Notepad text editors.

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It is not recommended to replace system files with third-party programs. In this case you can simply change Windows file association settings to change what files open in what program, so there is no need to trick Windows by replacing notepad.exe with something else.

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I appreciate your reply, Arthur. I initially did change Windows file associations for .txt files from Notepad to TheGUN but got various cryptic errors. As I recall, a blank TheGUN window would open but there was a error message saying something like the text file couldn't be found. Finally I gave up and used the brute force replacement advice given by numerous websites for installing Notepad alternatives and it eventually worked (except for the case of MBAM, of course). I might go back and try playing around with the file associations again to see if I can get it to work. Thanks again!

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Hi -

In my case I added Lotus Word Pro as a stand alone Text Editor / Writing program (without access to Windows apps) and have never had any problems -

I felt there was never any need to remove any other programs , but just added this as another useful tool -

That is why I never answered this item earlier - I still do not know if TheGUN can be run just independantly or as a replacement program -

But it seems as though it is designed to be used as an add on rather than a replacement program -

It also seems to be more like Word pad rather than Notepad due to its size and described uses -

Thank You -

EDIT -

It does not use or write to the registry at all

This may be the reason ??

TheGUN (now TopGUN) seems to have a type of backup service / forum - You could also try their site for advice -

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... I might go back and try playing around with the file associations again to see if I can get it to work. Thanks again!

Sometimes putting quotes around the code for the filename helps (if you are editing the command for the file association by hand). :(

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Thanks DukeW74 for your suggestion. I'm sure it would work but it defeats my original intent of associating and using TheGUN as the default text editor for all text files instead of Notepad.

You can set whatever text editor you want to be the default without having to rename it to notepad. I use UltraEdit as my text editor. All .txt files open in UltraEdit, as well as the MBAM logfiles. I still have notepad on my computer, but I almost never use it. On rare occasions, an app will specify notepad as the text editor. Usually, you can change that designation, though sometimes I don't bother.

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Thanks for the replies and suggestions. I initially misunderstood DukeW74's reply but as I stated in my previous post, I did try to change Windows file associations for .txt files to TheGUN without success before I resorted to the brute force replacement option. I will retry playing around with that technique again soon and I'll report my results.

By the way, how are y'all able to edit your posts? I wanted to do that several times but I didn't see a way to do so.

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You need have at least 50+ posts before the Edit option is visible for use.

This option was set because some people were editing things out of their posts and trying to mislead us while we ere helping them, and thus a few people who abused the privileged got it revoked for everyone who has less than 50 posts.

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