Randomly --- The LSASS.EXE error/worm/whatever issue started occurring. Upon start-up, the error message would pop-up and the computer would reboot in 60 seconds. I am able to stop it by using the command prompt (shutdown.exe -a). That's about as far as I've gotten though.
I was also able to scan it on microsoft.com and it was declared to be free of malicious software (yeah, right).
I have the following symptoms...
- Since this error started occurring, the computer boots in a different manner (i.e. my visual settings don't have that same bubbly 'XP' look as they did before --- it looks like safe mode but isn't (???)). When I'm in this mode, I cannot shut down. I click start and the only option is 'log off' which usually takes 15 minutes to do. When I do boot in safe mode, the same thing occurs if I log in as my account (not the default admin account that is available in safe mode)
- While in safe mode, I was able to run some of my Norton anti-virus/spyware, etc. but it's all out of date
I decided to search for lssase.exe and found several occurrences of it. I deleted all but those found in windows\system32\etc.....not that that's probably very effective.
- Also, I'm having user issues...I tried to use system restore and received a message stating that I didn't have the authority and had to contact the administrator (even though my user name is administrator). In safe mode - logged on as administrator - I tried to use system restore and kept getting the "system restore must close" error.
- Lastly, I frequently receive the message that the LSA Shell needs to close, yada, yada, yada. This most frequently occurs when I am in the command prompt trying to stop the 60 second shut down count down.
Ugh. Can anyone help?