Every time I try to open something on my computer, a Security Warning pops up and says “Application cannot be?

executed. The file ___.exe is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now?

HELP!!! Thank you!

6 replies
  1. massiv_x says:

    the warning you are getting is from malware…go online and find a good antivirus.

    it’s possible for an app to install itself via the system registry (one of the many ‘Shell’ keys in the registry) so that whenever you try to run anything, it runs this app instead. Then, if it’s trying to remain discreet, this app runs the app that you are trying to run. if not, then it can do anything else, like give you a warning to allow it to activate.

  2. NWS Meteorologist says:

    Sounds like a virus… Make sure you’ve got good anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, etc. installed and active. Microsoft Security Essentials, IObit Security 360, and Advanced System Care with the Windows Firewall and updates turned on should keep you pretty well protected. For your web browser (such as Firefox) WOT, Adblock Plus and NoScript should be installed. Since it appears you’ve already been infected, try running scans in Safe Mode. If you are unable to remove the virus or rootkit, you may have to reinstall Windows or format the disk to be entirely rid of it, I’m afraid.

  3. The Phlebob says:

    Do NOT answer in the affirmative. “Your” antivirus software is liable to be THEIR malware that you’ve given them permission to load onto your machine. There are never any guarantees in malware fighting, but try this:

    First, boot into Safe Mode With Networking. That sometimes keeps malware from protecting itself. Then, if you have an anti-virus, make sure it has the latest virus definitions and run a full scan with it. If you don’t have one, many people here swear by Malwarebytes (it’s free).

    I suggest you also download Ad-Aware Free and Spybot S&D (they’re free), install them, update them and run full scans with them in Safe Mode With Networking.

    Also, turn off System Restore to evict any copies of bad stuff that might be lurking there.

    To get into Safe Mode with Networking:

    1.Log out and reboot your machine.
    2.When the machine starts the reboot sequence, press the F8 key repeatedly.
    3.Select Safe Mode with Networking from the resulting menu.
    4.Login. If the malware has changed your password, try logging in as Administrator. By default, Administrator has no password.
    5.The machine will continue booting, but the Windows desktop will look different.
    6.When you’re finished doing what you need to do, log out and reboot back into normal mode.

    Another trick that may enable anti-malware and/or its installer program to sneak past the malware is to change the name of the anti-malware program itself. The names of the files and their locations differ between anti-malware programs, but the procedure is always the same:

    1.In Windows Explorer, find the folder with the anti-malware.
    2.Change the name of the program (it always ends with a .exe) to virtually anything else, but keep the “.exe” part.
    3.Run that.

    Note that even if the anti-malware programs get rid of the malware, they may not be able to reverse the effects. Search the Web for possible fixes.

    Update and run full scans regularly, not just when you think you already have malware.

    Good luck.

    Note: There ARE free versions of these reputable programs on the websites listed. They just may not be obvious.

    Ad-Aware Free (free): http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
    Spybot S & D (free): http://www.spybot.com/

    MalwareBytes (free) http://www.malwarebytes.org/ (If the program doesn’t run, changing its filename from mbam.exe to something else ending in .exe has sometimes proven effective.)
    AVG anti-virus (free): http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5/
    Avast! (free): http://www.avast.com/
    Kaspersky (free trial) (Seems to dislike installing on any machine with just about any other decent anti-malware, including some firewalls.): http://usa.kaspersky.com/downloads/

  4. Sailor says:

    You definitely have a virus on your PC, so try to start safe mode and then run a full system scan. For safe mode: remoot, hit F8 before windows is launched and thn choose safe mode with networking. Additionally, get a good anti-spyware for scanning, Spyware Doctor or Superantispyware.

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