Somewhat recently, the sound in my internet browser(s) stopped working, and so naturally I began to investigate this cause. Conclusively, I have realised that there are a huge array of problems in my computer.
After a bit of research and 'googling' I found that many installers and programs on my computer are failing to run, as the registry key located at
is unable to be accessed.
After reading a few topics and forums, I realise that this is quite an important registry section to be able to access, and that most likely, this is not only causing a lack of sound in my browsers, but vast quantity of other annoying problems as well.
After discovering this information, I tried a few things to try and fix this issue:
1) I tried right clicking properties (of the key) and changing permissions for certain user groups. It initially appears to have worked, but immediately afterwards they reset. I have also tried this in safe mode.
2) I noticed there was a 'drivers.desc' folder/key next to the drivers32 folder/key containing all the files that my 'drivers32' folder/key should've contained. I tried exporting this file, changing it slightly so it would go to drivers32 when imported. Once again, it initially appears to work, but when I check the contents of the key, there is nothing inside. (as shown below).
If I try to manipulate the folder in anyway, or even export the contents of the key/folder, it errors. I assume these errors are all a result of some sort of 'permissions' failure or otherwise?
I'm unsure as to whether this is relevant, but I did catch a few topics on how this was a security bug at some stage? I did quite a nasty outbreak of viruses some time ago, although I do run windows update quite frequently. I believe that I've fixed most of the viruses. (I hope!) Could this be a residual effect?
Now, I really have no idea where to go from here, or how to fix this, which brings me here. I've attached a HijackThis' log if its of any use at all, and if you need anything else, please don't hesitate to ask, but most of all:
Thanks for taking the time to read this and/or help =]
EDIT: HJT log removed - not allowed in this forum
Edited by garmanma, 22 June 2009 - 10:04 AM.