How can I remove "Show how to open this file" from the shell menu?

For some reason, the option "Show how to open this file" exists in my shell menu.

When clicked, it opens a Chrome window (assuming because it's my default browser) linking to this page:

This is my father's computer, and I'm assuming he downloaded some shady software that caused this.

I checked what is installed via Default Programs --> Programs and Features, and removed anything suspicious.

Additionally, I ran a full scan using Avira Antivirus Premium, as well as Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, neither of which found anything.

I downloaded ShellExView to see if I could find the offending extension/file, but couldn't find anything with an overtly suspicious name. 

I would rather not individually disable each extension, especially considering I'm sure many of them are necessary for Windows to function.

Anyone have any ideas? ShellExView has an option to output an HTML report, which I have uploaded here:

Anyone have an idea what it might be? Is there a list anywhere of the standard Windows extensions, so I can avoid them and disable the others?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, this is driving me nuts. Thanks!


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Last updated June 19, 2019 Views 13,747 Applies to:

Hi Rob,


Let’s follow these methods to fix the issue:


Method 1: You may follow steps from the article mentioned below and check:


When you run an .exe file on a Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7-based computer, the file may start a different program


Method 2: I would also suggest you to scan your computer with Microsoft Safety Scanner, which would help us to get rid of viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.


Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.


Important: While scanning the hard drive if any bad sectors are found, the scanner tries to repair that sector, any data available on that might be lost.


Hope this information helps.

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