# Windows – Problems with Default Settings

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I have a Windows 7 laptop, and accidentally changed the default settings for all programs.

Now all of my files and programs seem to have been changed to word documents, and they do not open. I cannot even open the internet any more in order to find a solution (I'm on a different computer at the moment). I have tried opening files using different methods, but for some reason, it seems to request that I download something. If I click 'open' it opens a webpage, which then closes before loading.

If anyone could offer me some help, and tell me how to go back to my original settings, that would be great. If possible, I would like as much detail as possible.

This sounds like a virus,

It is quite safe to download and run and they apply changes to your Registry. Restart your system and everything should be back to normal.

This should re-associate the file extension to the default value, then scan your computer with the latest version of Avast, Avira or AVG Antivirus and for good measure do a full scan with Malwarebytes.

To reset ALL file associations, download this ZIP file (source), extract the files to a new folder and run them one by one, or if you're really smart you might make a batch file to run them all in once like this.

Open Notepad and paste the following code:

rem @echo off
cls
SET folder=%~dp0
for %%i in ("%folder%*.reg") do (regedit /s "%%i")
echo done
pause
EXIT


Save as run.bat and select all files from the Drop-down box