I am facing issue while opening some programs due to bugs in the registry, keep on getting the error message "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel" while opening few .exe files, here's the history of events which took me to reach this issue.
3 days back, I pluged in an infected pen drive in my PC (from a friend of mine). Unluckyly, I had antivirus installed (ESET) but it was not working that time due to some "unable to load Kernel" kind of issue.
That allowed the torjan to sneek into my system, caused some problems while opening the drives, folders and files which most of the torjans do.
I downloaded "Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware" and updated it and run the whole computer scan, it found a virus in /system32 directory named "Sality" and destroyed it that time. But every time I logged off my pc or restart the system, virus was certainly bouncing back again. Repeated same step over and over, scaning and removing it through Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
Then I downloaded MSE antivirus and scan my whole system with that. It worked and fixed that sality bug permanently but now I am facing this annoying problem. Ok, "FEW .EXE FILES ARE NOT OPERATING, WHEN I OPEN THOSE I GET A POP UP ERROR MESSAGE LIKE "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel". I AM GETTING THIS ERROR FOR SOME PROGRAMS LIKE SKYPE, INTERNET EXPLORER, EXCEL, CCLEANER, TEAMVIEWER ETC. ETC. FEW PROGRAMS ARE WORKING FINE LIKE FIREFOX, CHROME, OUTLOOK, MUSIC FILES, PHOTOSHOP, GRAPHIC FILES, ETC....I KNOW THERE WAS SOMETHING WENT WRONG WITH THE REGISTRY, & I TRIED TO FIXED THAT BUT NOT WORKED FOR ME. USED CCLEANER, REGISTRYEDITOR, REGISTRY MECHANIC, REGISTRY BOOSTER.
ALSO SAW SOME REVIEWS AFTER I GOOGLE THE ERROR, TRIED FEW OF THE SOLUTIONS CAME UP WITH GOOGLE SEARCH BUT SAME ISSUE STILL REMAINS. TRIED TO CHANGE THE (NONE) FILE EXTENTIONS FROM "FOLDER OPTIONS" AS WELL. I DON'T REMEMBER HOW MANY METHODS I'VE TRIED TO GET OVER THIS THING....................SHOULD I FORMAT MY DRIVE AND REINSTALL OPERATING SYSTEM OR IS THERE ANY SOLUTION ON THE EARTH TO GET IT FIXED????