How to fix “open with…” error

Do you know how to fix “open with…” error?

After infiltrating an operating Windows system most fake anti-virus tools delete or add system registry entries. This may help a malicious program to run during start-up or stop legitimate security applications and other tools to run upon your administrative request. Cyber crooks need that in order to keep malware running without detection and removal for as long as possible.

Unfortunately, many Windows users fail to recognize that Registry modifications are linked to rogue software and blame non-existing threats that are detected by a supposedly legitimate security tool. In fact, not many Windows users understand that the “open with…” error signals Windows Registry modifications. Needless to say, you need to solve the problem as soon as possible in order to install and run security tools which can delete running infection. So, how to fix “open with…” error?

Please follow the instructions below to fix “open with…” error. Note that every single step needs to be performed with great caution; otherwise, you may need to start all over again. Of course, if you discover yourself unable to perform some steps – post a comment below and we will help as soon as we possibly can.

How to fix “open with…” error on Windows Vista/7/8?

  1. Simultaneously tap Windows Key + R on the keyboard to launch RUN.
  2. Enter “regedit.exe” and click OK.
  3. Select Yes when User Account Control prompt appears.
  4. Now follow the path of HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exe.
  5. To remove the folder, right click on “.exe”, select Delete and click OK.
  6. Choose OK and then select F5 to view changes. Exit the Registry Editor.

How to fix “open with…” error on Windows XP?

  1. Simultaneously press Windows Key + E on your keyboard.
  2. Type in C:\Windows in the address box and hit Enter.
  3. Find regedit or regedit.exe and right-click on it.
  4. Select “Run as…” and a new window will pop up.
  5. Un-check “Protect my computer and data from unauthorized program activity”.
  6. Hit OK and Registry Editor will show up.
  7. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exe.
  8. Right-click on the “.exe” folder, select Delete and click OK.

In non-techie terms:

If you find it impossible to run executable files when your Windows system is infected with a rogue anti-virus tool, you have to modify the Registry Editor. Instructions above will help you achieve that in seconds, so that you could install legitimate security tools which will find and delete deceptive infections.