I use MSE, Windows Firewall, and Malwarebytes
Finding info on ANY of these issues is extremely difficult. Google basically leads me to hundreds of unanswered threads on Windows help forums. I even tried posting over there, but I didn't receive any help either. I tried running Microsoft's Mr Fix It utility but when I launch it the program tells me it can't be used on my version of Windows.
I was having problems with malware/viruses a few months back. I'm fairly certain they've been eliminated, but I'm thinking they did some damage to my registry, which resulted in all the problems I'm having. My guess is all my Vista problems are related. It has been really frustrating getting help for any of these issues, so any response here would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
#1: Group Policy on Vista Home Basic?
As far as I can tell, I'm not supposed to have any trace of Group Policy on my computer. I definitely don't have the Group Policy console. However, when I try to change settings to Problem Reports and Solutions (as administrator), it tells me I can't change the settings: "Some settings are managed by your system administrator." When I click "why can't I change settings" it tells me that some kind of Group Policy is in effect. Is this normal? Do Vista Basic systems have some GP settings that can't be altered by the computer's admin, or could this be the result of a virus?
#2: What are all these failed interactive logon attempts?
Every once in a while I'll see that there were numerous failed interactive logon attempts when I start up Vista. I even made it so you have hit ctrl+alt+delete to login, but it hasn't helped. What exactly to I have to search for in Event Viewer to find info on these? And are these system processes that are failing to provide accurate credentials, or should I suspect that this is malware/virus related?
#3: System Health Reports contradicting information elsewhere in Vista
Health reports keep telling me that the Security Center has not recorded an Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware product, yet the Security Center in the Control Panel says everything is turned on. Also, these reports were telling me about a corrupt IDE controller. I tried uninstalling/reinstalling/disabling, but it always comes back under a new name (its usually just a string of random letters/numbers. Now its telling me, for the first time, that it is related to the "tv_ConfigMgrErr39" error code.
#4: Windows Firewall reports as on in Security Center, but I can't access settings
When I try to change settings to Firewall, I get this message: "Due to an unidentified problem, Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings."
If I could even get help with one of these problems, I'd be pretty excited. It seems like running Mr Fix It would help, but it refuses to run on my computer. Virus scans are coming up with nothing, and my computer seems to run pretty smoothly. I'll often have firefox, winamp, utorrent, etc, on all at the same time, and my memory usage is never more than in the high 50s. But I'd still like to figure out why all the issues mentioned above are taking place.
Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
Edited by hamluis, 15 March 2011 - 07:30 AM.
Moved from Vista to Am I Infected.