.EXE files won't open--please help!

  Aphotica 16:53 05 Jan 2013

So I recently installed Windows 8: Enterprise 64bit. I've downloaded several programs that I've used on Windows 8, they're all .exe files. However, they're also all viruses, false positives.

No matter what I do, if I change the user control settings, the security settings, disable the firewall and antivirus, run it as an administrator on different compatibility modes.. it either will not open if it is in a .rar file, or it displays this message:

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

Keep in mind that I have all vital updates for Windows 8 installed.

What can I do to simply open up these programs? All help is greatly appreciated, I really don't want to be stuck with Windows 7 because of something like this :P

  Aphotica 16:55 05 Jan 2013

I was able to use the programs on Windows 7* excuse me :)

  rdave13 18:21 05 Jan 2013

You'll need 7-zip to extract the .rar files. There are other extracting programs but I only use the free 7-zip.

  alanrwood 19:18 05 Jan 2013

I thought the poster said they were .exe files not .rar files

  rdave13 19:24 05 Jan 2013

In the opening title - yes. Different in the posting.

  alanrwood 22:54 05 Jan 2013

Hi rdave13

Sorry missed that. Need glasses again

  Aphotica 01:19 06 Jan 2013

I'm sorry, I should mention that these files were extracted using WinRar.

It's weird, though.. it should be noted that when they were all being extracted at once, the two .exe files said they could not move because I didn't have permission to move them. As a result, I had to extract them individually.

But yes, these .exe files have been extracted -- the display message that I mentioned above was referring to post-extraction, whereas prior to the extraction, they would not open at all and I would not receive an error message.

  Aphotica 02:27 06 Jan 2013

Fixed: Ran in safe mode, so it was not a permissions issue, but more a matter of security. Removed AVG and ran on normal boot settings, everything ran fine.

  rdave13 09:54 06 Jan 2013

Use Microsoft's Defender for now. I had to drop Avast because of freezing browsers. Glad you're sorted.

  alanrwood 11:34 06 Jan 2013

Glad it's sorted.

  Secret-Squirrel 13:15 06 Jan 2013

".....they're all .exe files. However, they're also all viruses, false positives...................Removed AVG and ran on normal boot settings, everything ran fine."

It looks to me like AVG was doing what it's supposed to do ;)

If however it's interfering with EXE files that you know are safe then you could have used the "Temporarily Disable AVG Protection" option found in its "Advanced Settings" menu.

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