1.    30 Nov 2015 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Home

    Certain .exe files will not open

    Hello! I have a slightly odd problem. Certain .exe files (seemingly ones that don't require an install to run) on my laptop refuse to open, responding to different commands in different ways.

    When I first run them, I get a SmartScreen Filter alert. After pressing 'Run Anyway' (scans reveal them to be safe), they will appear to begin to load, but never actually open. This happens every time I try to open them subsequently, although without the SmartScreen alert. I can close the container folder and try again.

    If I try to Run as Administrator, however, the folder freezes entirely. I can use other folders, but it takes a File Explorer restart to make the crashed instance disappear. I have tried deleting one of these applications after attempting to open it, and not been allowed to until a full restart, implying they are running constantly after I attempt to start them.

    I had assumed this was a problem with SmartScreen, but even after turning it off, the problem persists.

    Most other .exe files do work (regedit, games downloaded from Steam, etc.), so I can't understand what's making this small set of files unable to load. Any help would be much appreciated.

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  2.    30 Nov 2015 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 3,780
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.105

    Need some info on the ones that won't run. What are there, where did you download them from? If they are benign can you zip one of them up and upload here (or provide a link to it) so I (we?) can try it
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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