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Thread poster: Susana Galilea
Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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Mar 30, 2004

I just tried to open a file saved in text format, and got the message: "Windows cannot find notepad.exe"

I have had problems in the past couple of days with attempted infection by the "downloader.revop.a" virus. My anti-virus picked those up and the files are listed as "healed" in the report. However, one of the files affected is precisely the "notepad.exe" file.

Any ideas or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

Susana Galilea
Accredited Translator, EUTI
sgalilea@ispwest.com
www.accentonspanish.com


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Ivan Eikås Skjøstad  Identity Verified
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Try this Mar 30, 2004

I found the files you might need on a site that deals with spyware:

http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/winfiles.html#notepad

Here you can read more, and download notepad etc. into your system, or restore it from your Windows setup CD.


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ntext  Identity Verified
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Removal Tips Mar 30, 2004

Hi Susana,

See if these links will help you:

http://www.pchell.com/virus/qaz.shtml

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.hllw.qaz.a.html

The virus is referred to under different names here but it may be the one you're talking about.

N


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davidgreen
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possible easy solution Mar 31, 2004

Try this. Go to START. then FIND. Type NOTEPAD.EXE. Your computer may find more than one of them. Try double-clicking on whichever ones listed. It may be that the "shortcut" notepad.exe was ruined but the "real" one opens it. Worth a shot.
good luck


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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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gentlemen... Mar 31, 2004

Thank you all so very much, this is all pointing me in the right direction.

I have been trying to follow the directions for removing the virus, but can't seem to make it past "click Start, then Programs, then wait for the MS-DOS Prompt". I am on Windows XP, there does not seem to be an MS-DOS option anywhere.

Help, please


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ntext  Identity Verified
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DOS prompt in Win XP Mar 31, 2004

Susana Galilea wrote:

Thank you all so very much, this is all pointing me in the right direction.

I have been trying to follow the directions for removing the virus, but can't seem to make it past "click Start, then Programs, then wait for the MS-DOS Prompt". I am on Windows XP, there does not seem to be an MS-DOS option anywhere.

Help, please


Click: START

Click: RUN...

Type: cmd

Click: OK

Then the DOS prompt should appear. To navigate to different directories, type: cd [directory]

E.g., to go to root directory: cd c:[backslash]

To go to windows directory: cd windows

[Edited at 2004-03-31 17:07]


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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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excellent :) Mar 31, 2004

Norbert Gunther Kramer wrote:
Click: START
Click: RUN...
Type: cmd
Click: OK
Then the DOS prompt should appear. To navigate to different directories, type: cd [directory]
E.g., to go to root directory: cd c:[backslash]
To go to windows directory: cd windows
[Edited at 2004-03-31 17:07]


Thanks so much, Norbert! That worked, except the result of all this is "0 infected, 0 repaired files" and I still can't open my documents created in text format

Perhaps I am not understanding what "downloading [a file] to the root of drive C" means?

Thanks for all the help


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ntext  Identity Verified
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Root Mar 31, 2004

Susana Galilea wrote:

Perhaps I am not understanding what "downloading [a file] to the root of drive C" means?



Not sure which instructions you're following here; but the root of drive C is (normally) the root of your hard drive (C colon backslash). When you click on My Computer, you can see all the drives in your system. Click on drive C (probably named "Local Disk"), and you're at the root of drive C. (If you're using the DOS prompt, type "cd c:[backslash]".) This is where you're supposed to place said file.


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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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done Mar 31, 2004

Norbert Gunther Kramer wrote:
Click on drive C (probably named "Local Disk"), and you're at the root of drive C. (If you're using the DOS prompt, type "cd c:[backslash]".) This is where you're supposed to place said file.



That's what I did before running the scan...don't know what else to try

Thanks anyway for all the great help!


[Edited at 2004-03-31 20:30]


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