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#1 ms1405

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 04:44 PM

Hey guys,
So I got this virus a few weeks ago and it was pretty bad :flowers: But thanks to this site I actually got rid of it and now my computer is running faster than ever. However, somewhere in the process of cleaning my computer my settings for locking my computer, which i do often, were changed. I did not (intentionally) change any vital system settings.
Before, when I used to press the "Lock Computer" button, my computer would simply open a prompt for my username and password. My desktop background would still be visible and none of my computer's settings would change. Now, it takes me to the Windows Log On Screen. Although it doesn't close the programs i have open, it does take longer to load and resets the brightness of my computer (possibly other settings too). This is annoying and looks worse, considering my sweet background picture is replaced with lame Windows logos :thumbsup:
I have a Sony Vaio with XP Pro (version 2002) SP3 and don't have any crazy tech software that would place constraints on my computer's settings (if that's even relevant).

Thanks a LOT for any advice hereby given,
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:34 PM

Are you locking the computer using a keyboard button?
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 07:03 PM

No. Just the quick launch icon (which i have verified the address of). So the same button i've always been using...

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 05:39 PM

Anyone?

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 09:17 AM

Right click on the Lock Computer icon and post a screenshot of the General tab (if it's a program there) - or of the Shortcut tab (if it's a shortcut there).
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 12:14 PM

Ok here are the screenshots...

I attached one of each tab :)

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 12:33 PM

This looks OK to me. What happens when you press the Windows key and the "L" key at the same time?
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 12:49 PM

The same thing as I stated above. I tried that as soon as my shortcut seemed to stop working (because before I had the problem I used to use the shortcut Win+L too).

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 12:52 PM

Try running SFC.EXE /SCANNOW from the Run dialog. Have your XP disk handy for when it asks for it.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43051/how-to-use-sfcexe-to-repair-system-files/
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 01:05 PM

I don't have my XP disc :thumbsup: My computer's almost 4 years old now and I'm not the most organized person lol. I have run a number of registry, anti-virus, anti-spyware programs that have returned NOTHING. Will running SFC scan still be beneficial if i don't have my disc?

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 01:09 PM

Don't use the registry cleaners! They can cause more harm than good - there's lot's of documentation for this if you're interested.

It can't hurt to run SFC.EXE /SCANNOW Worst case is that it'll ask for your disk and you'll have to skip that file. The number of things that you'll have to skip will reveal how many files need replacing.
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 01:20 PM

The SFC.EXE scan didn't accomplish anything...

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 05:17 PM

What did it do? Did it prompt for your disk? If it just ran and closed, then it was successful. If you still can't lock the computer, then we'll have to move on to a repair install of Windows.
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 11:20 PM

No the scan just ran and closed. And (to usasma) I can lock my computer, it just doesn't save all of the settings that it used to.


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