Wordpad taking over all my laptop icons. When you click on any icon it opens wordpad window with text. I tried to go to default options and change "IE" icon with Internet explorer, but it just made all of the icons look like IE. Still none of the icons work. Please help.

You need to associate the corret file type with the correct application. To get to the File Type Association applet is slightly different between XP/7, but the process to associate is essentially the same.

What operating system are you running?

You can control which executables start depending on which shortcuts (icons) are clicked.

Go to Control Panel --> All Control Panel Items--> Default Programs --> Associate a File Type or Protocol with a Program.

Try creating the new profile if you have already tried JorgeM's message.
Also check for virus, not only thru scanners but via command prompt