Posted 20 March 2009 - 01:33 PM
Ok, before everyone throws tomatoes at the new girl, I DID NOT just go flitting about in regedit and start deleting keys I thought were bad. Here is what happened: I was infected with very nasty malware that caused three problems (that I am aware of): Google redirecting, disabling of cmd and regedit. I tried just about everything I could to make it go away and in my desperation, attempted to run sysinternals autoruns without an expert guiding me. I am not stupid enough, though, to have not had instructions on hand before doing any deleting. I ticked the appropriate selections in options (hide Microsoft entries, show empty locations and verify certificates). In my naivete, I assumed that whatever showed up, that looked like it could be causing one of my problems, and it was by "microsoft" was malware. Well, sadly, NOT TRUE. Sadly, the next day, I found a solution online for my malware problem which fixed it right up, however, now, I am stuck with deleted, or modified registry keys and I have no idea what I changed (I know, brainless) except for one obvious change.
Here is what I know is going on that definitely was not going on before fooling around with the registry: After I boot up and log on to any account, a box pops up that says: "Which user account do you want to use to run this program?", then under that, is a box to tick or untick that says: "Protect my computer from unauthorized program activity." The only way I can begin working is to untick the "protect" box. This box pops up every time I want to open a program, and in order to open that program, I have to untick the "protect" box. I think that is the only windows thing I messed up. Does anyone know where in the registry this function is found? All I need is to fix this part of the registry, but my knowledge is very limited.
I have a Windows xp Home Edition, with sevice pack 3. If you need more details, I will be happy to provide them. I have most of the malware programs downloaded (that are recommended by this forum) including HijackThis and Security Task Manager. I will be happy to download any other helpful programs.
Thanks so much!!