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Admin rights for Admin account?

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Lawtonfogle, Nov 21, 2007.

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  1. Lawtonfogle

    Lawtonfogle Thread Starter

    Nov 21, 2007
    So here is an interesting problem I ran into after working on the family computer (I was away at college and just got back for break).

    After removing all the viruses, I was left with a computer where both the main user account and the Admin account did not have Admin rights. I can log into the Administrator account, but I cannot do even the most simplest of things, such as open Control Panel. So, I am at a loss to fix this. So simply enough, how does one restore administrative rights to the admin account when it has lost them.

    Windows XP Home SP2
    Control Panel, and many related functions, along side with such things as leftclick->properties on My Computer do not work (It says privilege removed, contact admin).
    Even the Help will not open.
  2. The Hound

    The Hound

    May 27, 2007
    Please download Trend Micro's HJTInstall.exe to your Windows Desktop.
    • Doubleclick HJTInstall.exe . The application will install by default to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis
    • Click on the Install button. A shortcut icon will be created on your Windows Desktop.
    • When the installation finishes, the HijackThis application will launch.
    • Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. When the scan is complete, a log file should open in notepad.
    • On the notepad document, click Edit>Select All>Edit>Copy and then paste the contents of the log file into your next reply to this thread.

      >>Please-Do Not use the Analyze This button-the results can be dangerous if misinterpreted.
      >>Please-Do Not have HijackThis 'fix' anything yet. Most of what if finds will be harmless or even required.
  3. Lawtonfogle

    Lawtonfogle Thread Starter

    Nov 21, 2007
    That will be harder than it should be. First, the computer in question does not have any internet connections, even the standard one for broadband. Two, it is not recognizing any flash drive I use to transfer information from this computer to the one which is not working.
  4. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Dec 14, 2002
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    does it have a floppy disc

    or does it have a cd drive working

    if it has a cd or floppy then download this to a working computer & transfer over

    Download WinPFind3U.exe to your Desktop and double-click on it to extract the files. It will create a folder named WinPFind3u on your desktop.
    • Open the WinPFind3u folder and double-click on WinPFind3U.exe to start the program.
      • In the Processes group click Non-Microsoft
      • In the Win32 Services group click Non-Microsoft
      • In the Driver Services group click Non-Microsoft
      • In the Registry group click ALL
      • In the Files Created Within group click 60 days Make sure Non-Microsoft only is CHECKED
      • In the Files Modified Within group select 60 days Make sure Non-Microsoft only is CHECKED
      • In the File String Search group select ALL
      in the Additional scans sections please press select all and then unselect event viewer. uncheck non-microsoft only
    • Now click the Run Scan button on the toolbar.
    • The program will be scanning huge amounts of data so depending on your system it could take a long time to complete. Let it run unhindered until it finishes.
    • When the scan is complete Notepad will open with the report file loaded in it.
    • Save that notepad file
    Use the Reply button and attach the notepad file here. I will review it when it comes in.
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