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PROBLEM with Local Security Policy and more

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Whytee, Jul 22, 2011.

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Did Malware screw my system up, or an ignorant "know-it-all" playing around?

Poll closed Jul 27, 2011.
  1. Malware did it, no question

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  2. Both (Ignoramous played wit it and malware finished it)

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  3. Ignoramous did it, no question

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  1. Whytee

    Whytee Thread Starter

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    Okay, so, I was going to restrict access to my computer to a limited account for everyone else since I had unexpectedly discovered nasty malware on my system. So I go to Control Panel » Administrative Tools » Local Security Policy. Then I get this message:

    "The Group Policy security settings that apply to this machine could not be determined. The error returned when trying to retrieve these settings from the local security policy database (%windir%\security\database\secedit.sdb) was: The parameter is incorrect. All local security settings will be displayed, but no indication will be given as to whether or not a given security setting is defined by Group Policy. Any local security setting modified through this User Interface may subsequently be overriden by domain-level policies."

    I can't figure out what this idiot did to my computer. Just before this happened I had to fix a logon log off loop on my machine. I just want to know if there is any possible way I can just copy and paste the entire contents of C:\WINDOWS from the Win XP Pro Install CD to my HDD? I do NOT want to format and reinstall. Please help.
     
  2. Whytee

    Whytee Thread Starter

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    Oh yeah, and I forgot to say,

    I right click on policy and click properties... Nothing happens. Same with help for ALL of Windows. Its like half the registry and actual Windows files just went *poof* gone.
     
  3. Rockn

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    I had a user in the office run malwarebytes and it completely hosed his master boot record. I really don't trust any of these programs. It would be so simple for some company to pose as a do gooder and steal everything on your computer and you would never know it.
     
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