Good evening I use Windows 7. this was an unexpected discovery after I'd tried installing a C++ Visual Runtime Redistributable. The message I get is "windows cannot access the specified device path or file. Access is denied". Other items I try installing give me "Unable to execute file in the temporary directory" and flat-out "Access is denied". I checked out the user settings in My Computer, for my user account I got a nice "Cannot open USER environment in registry. Possible registry corruption."
I'm on an admin account, and run everything as the same. I find that in Safe Mode I can at least open the installer and halfway begin [but can't use it since well, Safe Mode], and use some applications that I can't in normal mode. When in normal mode I tried disabling my antivirus, same thing happens. I downloaded SecurityCheck to try seeing what was up, but even that only runs in Safe Mode.
Few months ago a friend and I had an uphill battle removing a virus from this computer, and I'm thinking maybe there's been more damage done than we thought. Because of the error messages I get I'm thinking that me being unable to install things is tied to my user permissions being screwed up, even though I'm an admin. I can't use a CD to fix anything since I don't have one. I ran MalwareBytes couple hours ago, things came up clean. So here I am, confused and really hoping this doesn't turn into an expensive paperweight. Any tips, advice? Also my wifi signal's pretty ick, so there may be some delay in my replying if it takes another nap.
Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum, as suggested.~ Animal
Edited by KGarrard, 22 June 2014 - 12:34 AM.