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Lost Administrator Privileges!

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#1 cconnect


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Posted 14 June 2009 - 04:07 PM

Hi everyone! I hope that I'm posting this in the right forum section.

I have a computer running Windows XP Pro SP3 (2GHz with 1GB of RAM) and am getting the following message when trying to install any program:

"You must be logged in as an administrator when installing this program."

I scanned the whole computer with NOD32 Anti-Virus 2.7, AVG Anti-Virus 8 and MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware and found a lot of junk that I removed. After restarting the computer, I'm still getting the same message and can't seem to find the solution anywhere!

I tried right-clicking on My Computer ---> Manage ---> System Tools ---> Local Users and Groups ---> Users ---> and then right-clicked on my account name (user) and clicked on Properties ---> Member Of and tried adding Administrators so that the account becomes part of the administrator group and instead received another error which did not allow me.

EDIT: While making this topic, I decided to play around with it some more and possibly found the solution to the problem. I logged off the account that was having the problems and attempted to repair it in Safe Mode (Adding it as a member of the Administrators group) and it didn't work. I then decided to uninstall the NOD32 and that's when it decided to work. I'm guessing that the Anti-Virus had scanned the computer and found an infected system file that is a part of the Administrator Privileges settings.

It's either that, or I simply logged into another account and changed the problematic account's settings as I had said above.


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#2 sempai



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Posted 14 June 2009 - 05:18 PM

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We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine.  Please perform the following scan:
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Reason for edit: Add DDS instruction

Edited by sempai, 14 June 2009 - 05:39 PM.


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 12:37 PM

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