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So, I'm repairing someone's laptop that had the XP Antimalware or XP Security type trojan. SAS mobile detected and deleted the files, and Avast detected the rest and quarantined that file also (randomName.exe).

The .exe file associations will only stay for the current session with the reg fix, but when the computer is restarted, the .exe file associations become unassociated again and need to be redone.

At this point, MBAM is not detecting any malware, AVG is not detecting anything, and SAS is only detecting System.BrokenFileAssociation with 2 files listed:

HKCR\.exe

HKCR\exefile\shell\open\command

If I have SAS fix these, then they return on the next reboot.

So, MBAM, Avast, and SAS are not detecting anything on this laptop except the broken file association reg entries that keep manifesting every boot. There's got to be something somewhere that these programs didn't detect that keeps unassociating .exe files. That, or there's got to be a permanent way to do the .exe file association fix.

This is on an IBM laptop with Windows XP Pro SP3.

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Hello, and welcome to Malwarebytes, iiiBoneZiii:

It sounds as if you might still have malware traces or the lingering effects thereof.

I know there are some tools that can be run to try to restore those file associations.

However, we cannot work on malware detection/removal in this part of the General MBAM forum.

The following information will help you get started on the cleaning process.

Excellent, self-help troubleshooting info for getting MBAM to run on an infected machine can be found here - I think there's a tool or two there that deals with the exe file issue. :)

And there are specific, self-help malware removal instructions here.

If you would like expert assistance with cleaning your system, there are 3 support options from which to choose:

  • Option 1 -- Free, Expert advice in the Malware Removal Forum
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OPTION 1

As we don't deal with malware removal in this General Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Forum, you need to start a topic in the Malware Removal forum so that a qualified helper can help you fix any malware related problems/infections you may have.

  • First, please print out, read and follow the directions here, skipping any steps you are unable to complete.
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