so my girlfriends laptop was getting a bunch of warning messages about spyware/malware etc. . . and it seems the culprit was a little bugger named spools.exe that had materialized in her system32/drivers folder the day before. I googled it and it seems this is a nasty little guy so I started by running spybot S&D to clean off any spyware/malware that may have made its way on and that pretty much took care of everything except spools.exe, I disabled it in the startup and then rebooted however it took the liberty of adding itself back to the start up list anyway.
So I went in and deleted the spools.exe manually, however now her PC won't run any .exe files, it always prompts me with the 'open with' menu. After doing some more reading it seems this file is definitely the virus but also digs its hooks into every .exe file you have, so I guess my question is can I DL a clean file from somewhere, or is there a way to fix this problem with the .exe files?
I saw a post down a bit from a fella that seemed to be having a similar problem but it also appeared he had a few other problems wrapped up in there as well, so I wasn't entirely sure if the problem was the same. Apologies in advance if I'm violating etiquette for this forum by creating a new thread.