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Problems Starting Your Computer After Running Older Version Of Smitfraudfix?

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#1 Grinler


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Posted 19 April 2007 - 01:57 PM

This is the current fix from the developer of SmitFraudFix:

Bug Title: SmitfraudFix 2.169 Bug remove execution permissions from the %SYSTEM% folder.

Information: A bug in the SmitFraudFix program has led to a problem with some people starting their computer. This is caused by a command in SmitFraudFix that removed permissions to the files residing under the C:\Windows\System32 (%System%) folder. Unfortunately, when Windows starts it needs to access these files, and when it is denied access, fails to properly start. This makes it so you can not enter Safe Mode, Command Prompt only mode, or Normal boot up mode.

It is important to note that absolutely no data or files have been lost or corrupted due to this bug. It is just an issue of files that are needed to start your system are being denied access to.

Current Fix:

If your system has been corrupted you can restore NTFS Permissions with this procedure:

Install a new Windows version on a different hard drive or different Folder or unplug the existing hard drive and plug it into a computer with a working copy of Windows XP, Vista, 2000, or 2003. If you choose to reinstall Windows into a different folder or hard drive, DO NOT CHOoSE TO REINSTALL IN THE SAME FOLDER. Once you are booted into a working version of Windows (a new install or a different computer) you should follow these steps:
  • Boot up the computer that you will use to access your old files. If you are using XP Home you will need to do the following:

  • Browse to the C:\Windows\system32\ folder or the DriveLetter:\Windows\System32\ folder that is attached to your new computer. (the %SYSTEM% folder that was your old copy of Windows that we are fixing.)

  • Right-click on an empty portion of the folder and select Properties and then select the Security tab.

  • Under the Group or user names column click once on System, put a checkmark next to Full Control and then press Apply

  • Now select EveryOne, put a checkmark next to Full Control and then press Apply

  • Press the OK button.

  • If the disk was plugged into another computer, plug it back into the original computer.

  • Boot the computer on the original Windows. If a new copy of Windows was installed select the original windows when booting up.

  • Download the following file and save it to the C:\ folder.


  • Open a CMD prompt by click on Start, then select Run, and type CMD into the Run: field and press the OK button.

  • Type: cd c:\ and press enter on your keyboard.

  • Type: swxcacls C:\Windows\system32 /GE:F /Reset enable and press enter on your keyboard.

  • Reboot your computer to make sure you can properly boot into windows. If you can proceed to the next step. If not, then please post a topic in this forum and someone will work with you on getting it to work.

  • If Windows is now starting properly, we need to reset the permissions back to what they were at by default. To do this follow these steps:

    • Click on the Start Menu button.
    • Click on the Run menu option.
    • In the Open: field copy and paste the following text that is in bold:

      Secedit /configure /db %SYSTEMROOT%\security\database\cvtfs.sdb /Cfg "%SYSTEMROOT%\security\templates\setup security.inf" /areas filestore
    • A window with a black background will now open. Be patient, and when the window closes on its own, reboot your computer.
Your computer should now be operational again. If you installed a new version of Windows, you can remove that version from the Windows boot menu by editing the C:\Boot.ini file. If you need help in doing this please post a new topic in the appropriate forum. Please do not post it in this topic.

If you have any questions or problems running any of these steps, please create a new topic with your questions.

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