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Denied Access To Set Program Access And Defaults By Rundll32.exe

Q: Denied Access To Set Program Access And Defaults By Rundll32.exe

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A: Denied Access To Set Program Access And Defaults By Rundll32.exe

Hi and welcome.rundll32.exe is a process which executes DLL's and places their libraries into the memory, so they can be used more efficiently by applications. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.Note: rundll32.exe is a process registered as a backdoor vulnerability which may be installed for malicious purposes by an attacker allowing access to your computer from remote locations, stealing passwords, Internet banking and personal data. This process is a security risk and should be removed from your system.This is strange, this might be a malware or it might just be some promblem with the rundll32.exeI would run a scan and see what the scanners find. DON'T remove rundll32.exe, because it is most likely a legitimate file.Regards,ExtremeboyGreat that you figured it out. Can you tell us how you fixed the promblem?

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I'm using Windows XP and have lost the ability to Set Program Access and Defaults and Remove Programs. When clicking on Start and Set Program Acesss and Defaults the following message appears "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your Administrator". There is no Administrator and this message suddenly appeared recently. As per advice received I've downloaded HijackThis from Trend and attach the relevant log. Thanks for any help you can provide!

A:Cannot Set Program Access And Defaults

I apologize for the very long delay. We have a huge backlog of HijackThis Logs to handle and it has been taking us greater time than normal to get caught up. If you are still having a problem, and want us to analyze your information, please post a brand new hijackthis log. If we do not hear back from you within a couple of days we will need to close your topic.When posting your logs please post them directly into the reply. Do not attach them or include them codeboxes going forward.Download Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) to your Desktop. Note: You must be logged onto an account with administrator privileges.Close all applications and windows.Double-click on dss.exe to run it, and follow the prompts. If your anti-virus or firewall complains, please allow this script to run as it is not malicious. It is also possible that you may need to disable your Antivirus or Antimalware programs before this program can run properly A guide on how to temporarily disable many of the common protections programs can be found here.When the scan is complete, two text files will open - main.txt <- this one will be maximized and extra.txt <-this one will be minimizedCopy (Ctrl+A then Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) the contents of main.txt and the extra.txt in your next reply. If you have any problems with the logs, both can be found in C:\Deckard\System Scanner.

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I set Winamp as my default media player in "Set program access and defaults".

If I then use iTunes to update my iPhone and return to the "Set program access and defaults" its gone back to "use my current media player" and all my mp3 file icons have changed from winamp to iTunes.

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Is there a way to get the Set Program Access and Defaults setting to hold after Microsoft updates are installed?

We use Netscape as our default email and everytime we run Microsoft updates the default changes to Outlook.

This means we have to log in as Administrators to change the setting back. Most all of our users are Restricted users, Some are power users.

A:How do I get Set Program Access and Defaults to hold?

Hi tkloeden

I'm sorry to report that I've found no elegant solution to your problem: but there is a rather clumsy resolution: to uninstall Outlook itself.

As far as I know (and there are likely techs with more MS Office experience out there), if you have Outlook installed on the computers, and you employ Microsoft Update to keep up to date (which I consider a sound practice in today's computing environment) - you will have to manually change the default behavior back [whenever a Microsoft Update has altered the default - thankfully, this doesn't happen that often.

If you aren't using Outlook's email (or any of its other functions), you can choose to uninstall it - this won't affect the smooth-running of the rest of your Office programs. And Microsoft Updates will not change your default email behavior, since Outlook will no longer be present. The update problem doesn't seem to change the default to Outlook Express when Outlook isn't present - it should stay Netscape.

If another tech has a solution that allows the MS Updates to run automatically & not affect the default email - even with Outlook installed - that solution is going to be quite popular. There is quite a lot of discussion on this topic on the Internet.

Best of luck
. . . Gary

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When I click this option in my Start menu on my Dell Dimension 2400 with Windows XP Service Pack 2 I get a Add or Remove Programs window that gives me three choices: Microsoft Windows, Non-Microsoft and Custom. I cannot get the Microsoft Windows option to set because it stays set in the Custom option. When I click on the Microsoft Windows option and then click OK it will automatically go back to the Custom option. I have tried clicking and unclicking the Microsoft Windows options in the Custom tab but it does no good.

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I need to access program access and defaults page in XP Professional to check my Java settings.I have this 'page' on my computer at work running XP Pro , but not on my machine at home, also running XP Pro.There is no option for it. Why should this be? Thanks for any suggestions

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Dear all

I am using Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
I open Set program access and computer defaults (Start/defaults program/set program access and computer defaults), chose the custom and stick to change to the program I want to use. But when I close the window and open it again => nothing change

I have try to turn off the UAC but still can not change in this function

What can I do to change it?

A:Cannot change program access and computer defaults

Quote: Originally Posted by jemnew2002

Dear all

I am using Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
I open Set program access and computer defaults (Start/defaults program/set program access and computer defaults), chose the custom and stick to change to the program I want to use. But when I close the window and open it again => nothing change

I have try to turn off the UAC but still can not change in this function

What can I do to change it?

When you click on the "Set Program Access and Computer Defaults" link, does the UAC prompt appear? If Yes, then you should anser Yes. If No, then try resetting the UAC settings to the defaults, or better yet, to their maximum setting.

Have you "Tweaked" your system by disabling services?

Have you been running so-called Registry Cleaners and/or defraggers? Those "tools" have a tendency to cause more problems than they claim to solve...

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hi, i want to make opera 10b2 my default browser. windows 2000sp4 btw. only firefox and IE show up in program access and defaults.

where is it in the registry (regedit) i recall being able to do from there, but i forgot what key its under.

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I'm unable to reset the 'Default EMail Program' on a friend's XP PC via the 'Set Program Access & Defaults' program accessed via the XP 'Start' tab. I get an acknowledgment of confirmation when I do that, but when I try to open an Outlook Express EMail that I previously saved on my file system on that PC, the Mozilla EMail program tries to open it and there are complications due to incompatibilities between the two EMail programs. I can get around the problem via File Manager by clicking on the 'Tools' tab, then on 'Folder Options', and then on 'File Types', and scrolling (endlessly) down to the 'Internet EMail Message' entry in the list, then clicking on that and setting (changing) to open those with Outlook Express. That seems unnecessary complicated to me. Why isn't that set via 'Set Program Access & Defaults'?

A:Why can't I reset default programs via 'Set Program Access and Defaults'?

Oddly enough you set it through Internet Explorer Tools > Internet Options and the Programs tab.

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Microsoft updates put the "Set Access and Defaults" in the start menu. It just clutters it up and I would like to know how to remove this. Can some one tell me? I know there is a tool that one can download to remove this, but I do not know where to go to download this tool. It can also be done manually, but I don't know how. Can someone please help me ?


A:How Can I Remove The "Set Program Access and Defaults from the Start Menu

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I have a Dell Dimension 2400 Intel Pentium running Windows XP  sp3 and have been getting tons of junk mail. I ran Avast, malware bytes &spybot. Nothing found. So I started looking through the Dell help on my computer. I'm not as savvy as I'd like to be and while trying to fix the issue myself I did something that I shouldn't have. First, I tried system restore to go back to a later date but it wouldn't let me no mater which date I tried. Then,I followed a suggestion regarding the registries. HUGE mistake! Now my computer is stuck in a boot loop. I obviously need to repopulate my hives but have no idea how. When the computer starts the Windows XP logo pops up. Then a box pops up saying lsass.exe access denied a proccess has requested access to an object, but has not been granted those access rights. When I click ok It restarts. The Dell logo pops up then the Windows XP logo and then the access denied again. Ive tried to start in last known good configuration. Safe mode. System restore. But, i keep ending back in the loop. So, I tried ordering some disks that I thought may be able to help while I've been reading through threads for information. I don't have any of the original software for this cop, I purchased it used a few years ago. But, I purchased a Knoppix 7.6.1., and system rescue from same CO, & 2 CDs off eBay Windows XP 64 bit & 32 bit as I wasn't sure which was the one I might need. But the were being sold as disks for this... Read more

A:lsass.exe Access Denied a process has requested access to an object, but has not been granted those access rights

Windows XP has reached end of life 2 years ago... It is an insecure Operating System and should no longer be used especially online.
The Dimension 2400 is weak hardware (Pentium 4 Processor, IDE hard drive, DDR RAM) from 2003! so 13 years old! Its not worthwhile running a modern Operating System on it and below minimum system requirements.
If on a budget you are best to buy a second hand OptiPlex 780 with a Windows 7 OEM license (which can be used for a free Windows 10 upgrade).

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Windows 7 32/64 operating systems
JRT for browswers is denied How am I suppose to make this undenied and have permissions to scan my browser to remove junk that traces me each site I go. Is there any help if so please help, thank you. Hacker done took over my computer and my laptop. This must've happen through a thumbdrive transfering from computer to the next. I am not so sure if this is capable of beginning solved there is a broken (locked) registry key that hasallowed a this hacker through my firewall. The hacker establishes connection through pictures and latches onto pictures.
If any explanation, help is out there please let me know,Thank You.

A:Denied access to a certain program

Hacker done took over my computer and my laptop.
that has allowed a this hacker through my firewall. The hacker establishes connection through pictures and latches onto pictures.

If I read this right. You need help from the Malware Response Team ..
It may also be a good idea to take those PC's off line untill told otherwise by a staff member. Thats if you have a spare clean PC to use.

Hacker done took over my computer and my laptop.

If that's the case DO NOT use those PC's for any banking or other financial transactions till told otherwise by staff.
I am not trying to scare anybody or anything like that. Its what I would do until given the all clear.
You need to go here.

This must've happen through a thumbdrive transfering from computer to the next.

 Any Pc that thumb drive was connected to also needs  checking.

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I have tried to access a program that says I need to be the admin. to access it. I am logged in as the Admin., what is may course of action to remedy this?

A:Access denied to program

You might try here,


however, be careful what you read.

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On Windows7 Pro,  trying to run IIS.  The way I am used to execute is  on the browser "localhost".  I used to have the code in the directory  C:\inetpub\wwwroot.   Even before I copy,  I am hoping to see
the image IIS welcome page.  Once it is successful, want to copy the code as that was the way I used to do in Window XP.    However I am getting the following message.  I have administrator access to the machine and gave full permissions
to the folder  'C:\inetpub\wwwroot'.  Still the same message. 
Error message 401.3: You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials you supplied (access denied due to Access Control Lists). Ask the Web server's administrator to give you access to 'C:\inetpub\wwwroot'.

Can someone help me to address this issue.  Thanks a lot in advance. 

A:Error message 401.3: You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials you supplied (access denied due to Access Control Lists). Ask the Web server's administrator to give you access to 'C:\inetpub\wwwroot'.


You can click the IIS hyperlink in my previous post or using this one



Vincent Wang
TechNet Community Support

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When trying to install a program from CD-ROM it installs in this case
1% then comes up with the following;
Installing C:WINDOWS\system32\MSCOMCT2.0CX
The following error ocurred on file C:WINDOWS\system32\MSCOb9d0.rra.'
Access is denied (0x5)
If I click ignore it will install more of the program, then it will come
to another file beginning with C:WINDOWS\system32\etc. and come up with access denied (0x5) again and so on.
You can go on ignoring this error and it will install more of the
program, but stops at files beginning with C:WINDOWS\system32\
Every program I try to install stops at WINDOWS\system32
Also I cannot login as the administrator now, the original password was left blank.
Could any member offer any help as to what I could do to overcome this
problem as I have no idea what to try, any help is very much appreciated.

A:Access is denied (0x5) when installing a program

Hi Iankaty and welcome to TSF


Originally Posted by Iankaty

Also I cannot login as the administrator now, the original password was left blank.

If the password was left blank, then you don't have to enter any password when you try to log as the administrator. Just select the administrator account (or type "administrator" as the user name, depending on the way you log on) and press ok.

If there's a password, then ask the person who installed XP on that computer about it.

Retry to install your program when logged as an admin and tell us what happens.

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I have a 3 computer network, hardwired. The latest addition is a HP laptop with Win XP media.
I have gotten the network to work and can access the internet through my router, but I cannot see the files on certain C drive folders such as Program files. I have Norton Security on this computer and this may be the problem. I have disabled Windows firewall. I get an error message saying that access is denied.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Thank you.


A:Access denied on program folder

No it is from windows itself.
How to turn off simple file sharing
To disable simple file sharing, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
3. In the Advanced Settings section, clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box.
4. Click OK.
How to share a folder or a drive with other users
To share a folder or a drive with other users, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, click My Computer, and then locate the folder or drive that you want to share.
2. Right-click the folder or drive, and then click Sharing and Security.
3. On the Sharing tab, click Share this folder.
4. To change the share name of the shared folder or drive, type a new name in the Share name box. Other users see the new name when they connect to this shared folder or drive. The actual name of the folder or drive does not change.
5. To add a comment about the shared folder or drive, type the text in the Comment box.
6. To limit the number of people who can connect to the shared folder or drive at the same time, click Allow under User limit, and then type the number of users.
7. To set share permissions on the shared folder or drive, click Permissions.

Note To share folders and drives, you must be logged on as a member of any one of the following groups:
&#8226; Administrators
&#8226; Server Operators
&#8226; Power Users

8. Click OK.

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My other computer is a hp using windows xp. The computer lost power and now program files will let me access any file in that folder, either through explorer or through any program that is in that folder. The computer is not connected to the internet and never has been. The computer is only used for backup of photos and backup files. Virus scan comes up with nothing. I tried the whole folder options thing.. no luck. When you check the properties of that folder, there nothing showing. Shows 0 mb in folder. Any ideas besides a complete format and reinstall.

A:Program Files access is denied

Try taking ownership of the folder.

To get the Security tab to appear, reboot into Safe Mode.

If no luck, try Unlocker.

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When I try to open Program Files, I get an error message saying

C:\Program Files is not accessible. Access Is Denied.

This occurs on 4 out of the 5 user accounts on our computer, and on the 4 it occurs on, most programs are not usable.

This has been a problem for at least a month.

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Hey guys, I really need some help with this. For some reason I cannot do anything in my Program Files for one of my hard drives. My C drive seems to be fine, as well as my 2 other drives. But in my F drive, Ive broken down the program files into a normal one and x86 one. I can basically access every other folder expect the Program Files in F drive. Program Files (x86) in the same drive works perfectly fine. Everytime i try to add a new folder or delete anything in my Program Files folder it says destination folder access denied and i need permission.

Ive tried fiddling with all the UAC and permissions but nothing seems to work.I even tried the command prompt :
"4. To Take Ownership of a Folder or Drive in a Command Prompt
NOTE: This command will take ownership of the folder or drive, and all files and subfolders in the folder or drive."

method but it says Access is Denied in my command prompt.
I will really appreciate any assistance as this is really starting to annoy me. I am also not very proficient with this matters so please bare with me. Thanks in advance

A:Access is denied in Program Files

Are these programs that you deliberately installed to that drive, or does the drive have it's own OS on it? If it does, you may not be able to get to it. If you right click on it and go to Security Options, it will show a user which is a string of numbers. You have to remove that user, and set the Owner to Administrators. Sometimes you can't get rid of that "numbered" user.

Did you use an Admin Command Prompt?

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My computer virus software, Trend, found a virus and says that I have to manually delete it as it can not do it. It gives me the path and I can find it. However, when I try to delete the file I get the message of access denied because the file is in use. Unsure what to do to stop this and get rid of this file.


A:Access Denied Removing Program

Click here to download HJTInstall.exe

Save HJTInstall.exe to your desktop.
Doubleclick on the HJTInstall.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis .
Click on Install.
It will create a HijackThis icon on the desktop.
Once installed, it will launch Hijackthis.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a logfile button. It will scan and the log should open in notepad.
Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijackthis fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.


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I am having problems accessing the program files directory on an Emachines PC running XP Home..

The pc has been infected with spyware and I have clean some of it..

I have ran super antispyware and it did not find anything, but as it ran I was getting McCafee warnings of spyware and trojans..

I am also unable to open McCafee antivirus, the prgram files directory, and install Spybot..

I ran Hijack this and removed some items, but still no help..

I ran VUNDOFIX and it did not find anything, but McCafee did while it was running..

This is very strange and I am wondering if there are any known trojans/spyware that could cause this..

I am going to try combofix next...

Thanks for any help...

A:Program files access denied

Well I figured it out...

I put the HD into a Windows 2000 machine.

Then took ownership of the files and was able to access the directory..

I found many malware programs which I was now able to remove..

Thanks for trying..

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I am trying to install a program to my hard drive. No matter where I tell it to install to I keep getting "An error occured while copying file. To retry copying press "Retry". System error message: Access is denied." I figured there was something wrong wtih my temporary files folder, so I moved it to another drive, but I still get the message. I have tried installing the program to a different drive, same thing. I NEED to get this program installed ASAP. I have installed it with no problems on my laptop. The only difference is that my laptop has XP Home and my desktop has XP Pro.

Any help would me much apprecaited.

A:Access Denied while installing program

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I'm getting this even though I'm logged on as administrator. I even created another account with admin privelages to be sure and that dosn't work either. The program is Stealthplug. I had it installed once but now when I try to install I get the error message and can't rename it either.
I've updated XP so it is current.

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When I try to access program files, install a program, or anything else along those lines, I get a simple message:
"C:/Program Files is not Accessible. Access Denied."

Nothing more. No error, no details on how to undo this denial of access. I have windows XP, and I can find no way to correct it, and I want help ASAP.

A:Access Denied (program files)

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Vista appears to deny access to Second Copy when backing up files in the C Drive. Any ideas on how to resolve this?

A:Backup program - Access Denied

try to run as administrator (right clicking and selecting 'Run As Administrator')

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Vista appears to deny access to Second Copy when backing up any files in the C drive. That's what the log states. Can anyone help with this? I have already given the program Administrator rights.

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I have been a lurker of this forum for a while, but have now encountered an issue, so I decided to sign up for an account and ask.
I have an issue regarding permissions somewhere, but I never really encounter the issue until it comes to installing programs. I've had the issue for around 2 months but finally it has started to be a real issue. The only solution I've found is to enable the by-default disabled Administrator account and install them there, and this is successful most the time, however sometimes I require program installations on my main user(which is also administrator, but stuff doesn't work for whatever reason).
My setup is slightly different in the way that I have an SSD for Windows, and a 2TB data drive for programs, games and documents etc.
I do not believe malware is the issue.
My most recent encounter of the issue can be seen on the Games for Windows installation: http://i.imgur.com/QM2P0PE.png - This has prevented a game from running, and installing from the Administrator account doesn't allow the program to start on my main user account because "some windows components are missing or disabled" - I also couldn't fix that problem as a workaround. The program ran fine on the Administrator account.
If anymore information is required, please let me know.
Thanks in advance.

A:Most program installations are failing with "Access is denied."

Hi Stannaz, welcome to BleepingComputer May I ask you to do something simple for me? Are you able to create a new user account that is Admin, log into it and see if you can proceed to installations from there? To me it sounds like your current userprofile is corrupted and lost it's Admin Rights.

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I am using Windows XP on a Dell Laptop. Because I wanted to clean up my Registry, I accessed Ascentive Performance Center on the Internet. Too little information was offered about their program, so I got out of their page before giving any information to them. Now, however, every time I turn on my computer I get a pop-up screen wanting me to download their programs. I do not want the program, yet when I try "remove programs" it is not found. When I look in C drive I find APCLang.dll which I cannot delete because I get "Access denied". How to remove?? Any help appreciated. Jimmie

A:Access Denied To Remove Unwanted Program

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a l... Read more

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On my W7 machine (Dell X1) everything is working fine. I want to upgrade the BIOS so I downloaded the exe to do so. When I attempt to run it I get "Program Access Denied" no matter whether I run it normally or as administrator. Since my account is an administrator account it shouldn't matter. I've tried using the cmd window, but that doesn't do it either - always the same message. I've checked that the permissions on the file should allow it. What am I missing?
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.10GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1271 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family, 5 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 20002 MB, Free - 1179 MB; D: Total - 37220 MB, Free - 4545 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc.,
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A:Program Access Denied even though Running as Administrator

I would highly suggest that you flash your BIOS with a bootable CD/USB. A lot of Dell users encounter this problem.

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This entire morning thus far I've been attempting to delete files from Norton Internet Security, which has been inactive for a long time (we are not going to renew our account) and has been bugging us constantly. I assumed it would be an easy task, and I couldn't have been farther from the truth.

I went into the C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Internet Security\ where the data for the program is found, and I couldn't delete the files. A dialogue saying
"You need permission to perform this action
You require permission from administrators to make changes to this folder"
I thought it weird, since I am one of the computer's administrators. Next, I logged on to my dad's profile (at his insistence, though there shouldn't be any difference in the administrator powers of our profiles). The same result followed.

Next, I looked online in a Google search and found this site, which told me to use the command prompt to first give me the ownership of the files, then give me complete permissions to the files, and then delete them. All three of these actions failed. The command prompt said "Access denied".

I tried a couple other command prompt actions, and all failed. I'm at a loss for what I'm supposed to do, or what I'm doing wrong. Does anyone know what the problem is?

A:Trying to Delete Program Files, Access Denied

Hi snowguy13, welcome to the forums , try our tutorial for a better way to take ownership of said file Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums

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On my home LAN, I have updated one of the PCs to Win XP Pro. It's an upgrade from Win 2000 and the file system is NTFS. The otehr PCs are a combo of Win XP and Win98.

When I try to access this PC over the network I can not access the Program Files folder on the C drive (I get an access denied msg).

I (think) have set all the Sharing and Security settings correctly - I am NOT using Simple Fle Sharing. If I set the permissions for one of the sub-folders (eg. Photos) within the Prog Files directory I can directly access those files.

If I map a network drive to the C drive as "C$", and then look at that over the LAN, I can log in as the Administrator (with p/w) and then I can access all of the folders (including Prog Files) without restriction.

I got to thinking that maybe some of the folders/files within the Prog Files directories had 'inherited' some restricted permissions so I also tried to take ownership of all the files in Prog Files - but that didn't seem to help...

Therefore why can't I access the Prog Files folder without using C$, even if I've set all the sharing and security settings properly?

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I attempted to install Print program on XP, however due to 'error' message popping up in the middle of the screen, I failed to install the program.

Error message is following:
An installation Support file.
could not be installed.

Access is denied.

Is this 'dll' loss or what else to blame for?
Thanks for any help on this issue.

A:Access denied .... Unable to install Program

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I've screwed up by reinstalling over my old installation to try and get rid of the false 'Windows is not genuine' message that keeps minimising my games while I'm playing. I used How to Restore your Windows.old Folder into a New Installation by Lordbob75 to move most of the folders back and my computer looks as it should. I realised when I rebooted that I hadn't moved Program Files (X86) over, only the original Program Files. This means that a lot of my shortcuts point to nothing and my programs won't work.

I tried using the command prompt in the repair utility but if I try to move Program files (X86), Programdata, or perflogs, which are the three remaining folders in windows.old I get an 'Access Denied' message. I have no idea how to get them to move over now, can I just copy and paste them or will that not work? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Windows XP; Dell 1.7
Norton SystemWorks 2002
Norton AV 2003
NAV definitions up to date, system checked today, no viruses.

I messed with Norton Waste Basket yesterday, trying to get rid of the
'Access Denied' bootup message as seen on another thread here. Messed with taking ownership of files in SAFE mode. Finally scared myself, restored the system from earlier in the day, all looked fine again. Now I can't access the 'Program Files' folder (didn't try yesterday, so it probably didn't work then either). I must have messed with administrator rights or something. I'm the only user of this machine, although we have a four-machine home network set up, direct cables to a router.

Error message when attempting to access Program Files folder:
C:\ Program Files is not accessible.
Access Denied.

Sounds like an authorization issue. I use no passwords to log in, I am the only User on this machine.
What can I try next?


A:Solved: 'Program Files' folder, access denied

try to log in using the administrator account then set ownership.

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I have numerous files which Windows 7 Uninstall left behind when uninstalling malware. The uninstall message was to the effect that, "(xx?file) Uninstalled, but couldn't automatically remove some parts. You will have to remove them manually."

So, using the Command Interface, I went to c:\program files (and (x86) and CD'd to the "xx?file" program in each malware case and entered DEL *.*, only to be greeted with ACCESS DENIED for each of the remaining files of the four or five supposedly uninstalled malwares.

So I tried the ATTRIB function: ATTRIB -r -s -i <enter>, and then the DEL operation as before, but
no joy. The same ACCESS DENIED message in each and every case.

How can I remove the remaining malware fragments "manually"?

Dave Oesterreich

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5700 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 8156 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset, 4 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 295077 MB, Free - 238232 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 018D1Y
Antivirus: PC VITALWARE PC MRI Anti-Malware, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: How deal with ACCESS DENIED in Program Files Dir.

Hello Doesterr,

Dealing with malware is not always straight forward. What may appear to be a simple a task (eg. deleting a few files), may in fact be more complex than anticipated, and consequently require the use of more sophisticated tools. For example, a group policy restriction may have been set on your Program Files folder. Whilst relatively straight forward to deal with, you may not know how to check and remove such a setting.

As you have been, and currently are dealing with what appears to be adware or malware related, I would suggest you utilise the Virus and Other Malware removal section of this forum.

No doubt this particular issue can be resolved in this thread. However, adware/malware have a nasty habit of dropping more components than you may realise. I believe it is better to be safe than sorry, and to get your computer fully checked over in case there is anything lurking. Good luck with whatever you decide.

All the best,

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" C:\Program Data\Favorites is not Accessible access is denied "
Ok if its not one thing going wrong its another just started yesterday getting the above error and it seems to be spreading to other folders so whats with this and whats the fix ! ?

using win 7 64 bits and i.e. 9.0 which stinks its awful . .

A:C:\Program Data\Favorites is not Accessible access is denied

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I had installed a program on my computer XP and when I tried to delete it some of the files would not delete - message said access denied, were they write protected etc.

Is there a way to delete such files. I am a beginner and am angry that the downloaded software included this aspect. Is that common?

I need help.



A:How to Deal with Access Denied Message When Deleting Program

You shouldn't delete an installed program.
You should use Add/Remove, in the Control Panel.

If you deleted it, try reinstalling the program, then use Add/Remove to remove it.

If these are left over files, from an Add/Remove, try deleting them in Safe mode.

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I need write/full access to some files that are located in the Program Files folder on a Windows 7 64 bit machine but keep getting access denied messages. Can anyone please tell me how to temporarily allow write/full access to this folder?

I am the PC owner with admin priveliges but just cannot seem to get round the permissions to enable write/full access.


A:Writing To Program Files Folder - How (Access Denied) ?

Run the application that's trying to write to Program Files as an Administrator.
(Right click -> Run as Administrator)

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I have been having a problem accessing my Program Files folder for about 6 months. We HAD 5 user accounts, and only 1 of the 5 user accounts, all of which were administrators, could access Program Files. After about 6 months of the program files problem, all the usernames except the 1 that could access Program Files, disappeared suddenly. We still have access to the folders through C:\Documents and Settings, but we can't log on to the user accounts and we can't see them on the windows startup screen.

The computer is completely clean of malware, for proof you may follow this link:



A:Missing user accounts+Program Files Access Denied

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Wondershare support group say they can't help me unless I send the log files. I can't send the log files because it seems I don't have permission. I'm the administrator so I don't know what's going on. I have Windows 7

A:Log Access denied Win7 Program Files (x86) Wondershare Video Editor

Where is that program supposed to create the logs? How do you know that it's a permissions issue?

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Two things. First, my virus scanner, Trend Micro, has picked up and quarantined several viruses in the system volume information folder. I then went and tried to get into the folder, but was denied access. When i click to open it is says "C:\System Volume Information is no accessible. Access is denied." Second, when i look in my task manager and the processes that are running on my machine, i often see a weird program running that is named with random letters and numbers like "QO8F91.EXE." When i end it, another one, with a different name, comes up the next time i use my computer. Below is a scan from hijack this, which shows the weird program running. Any ideas? Thanks.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:37:26 PM, on 5/26/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\OfficeScan Client\pccntmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\OfficeScan Client\ntrtscan.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.... Read more

A:Solved: System Volume Information access denied and weird program running

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Hi, looking for any help with no control panel and many other issues. Previously had some malware and also some virus apparently was removed a long time ago but still I have no access to many functions although I can use the internet. Below is a current log thanks!
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.3 (BETA)
Scan saved at 20:01:13, on 3/3/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
c:\program files\timbuktu pro\tb2launch.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPwuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\type32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Distillr\Acrotray.exe
C:\pro... Read more

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Good morning,I have a system that has had numerous issues, mainly virus related. I have cleaned the system, and show no virus activity... but I'm still having issues.Late last week the system was stuck in a loop, it wouldn't boot to Windows at all (no safe mode, no normal mode). I resorted to a Windows repair from the install disk. It worked... to a certain degree. I am now able to get into Windows, but can not open IE and I can not install a display driver.I am unable to access Windows Update, but was able to set automatic updates to install lots of updates including SP3, but I am still unable to make any changes.Initially when I attempted to open IE I would get a window saying that IE had to close instantly. I attempted to reinstall IE, and I attempted to install a newer version of IE. Neither worked. If I chose to install the updates with the install I would get an access denied error, if I chose not to install the updates with the install it would look like it worked, but now when I click on IE I get "Error loading C:\WINDOWS\System32\inetcpl.cpl. The operating system cannot run %1"In device manager, I have no drivers installed on my display adapter. If I try to update it, it looks like it's going to install... but then I get "Cannot install the hardware. Access is Denied".Any assistance or insight into this would be appreciated.

A:Unable to access IE, access denied when updating display drivers, no windows update

On any system with a number of issues...it's often better to do a clean install to wipe the slate clean, rather than hope that you have patched all known and unknown issues, IMO.


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So today I was working on my computer, my norton antivirus expired and so I bought a new one. Well it wouldn't renew my subscription so I read on a website that you need to clear norton out of your registry. So I followed the directions and ever since I did that when I open a webpage it goes to a screen that says:


The requested URL could not be retrieved

The following error was encountered:

- Cache Access Denied

Access control configuration prevents this request.

On top of that I get a similar message when I try to run live update. I have the computer hooked up to a linksys router with high speed internet. Please help.


A:Messed up computer and cannot access internet, page says cache access denied

Hmm, that's a good one. Try reinstalling IE or Firefox, whatever internet software you use. You might have inadvertently deleted an application cache file which the application needs.

Only other thing to do is boot into safe mode and select last know good boot.

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I have kinda setup a network with my computer and a laptop which has just been formatted. It now has XP service pack 2 installed and I have to enter the password and username of an account on the laptop in order to access the resources.
Now I can access the laptop using my computer, when the laptop tries to access my computer, and tries to get a file, the message on the title always comes up.

I have unchecked simple file sharing and enabled full access (read/write) on the laptop whose account Im using. But it didnt work.

When opening my computer today, I have noticed a message about migration and program controls and some information about windows NT and windows 3.x This has never popped up and am wondering if this has made any changes to my computer not the laptop.

So Is there a simple way that does not restrict the laptop from getting the resources on my computer??

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Hello I am unable to access my task manager on Windows 7 as administrator. Whenever I try to access it a Command window flashes on the screen quickly and that's it. Same thing happens when taskmgr.exe is clicked. 
I was able to capture the command window error as the following:
C;\Users\Brian\Documents>REG and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System  /v  DisableTaskMgr  /t  REG_DWORD  /d  /0  /f
ERROR: Access is denied.
Any help with this would be appreciated. I have checked that TaskMgr is enabled in the registry, and have ran AVG, Malwarebytes, TDSS Killer, RKill and Combofix and they didn't come up with anything. 
Here is the FRST logs:
==================== NetSvcs (Whitelisted) ===================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, it will be removed from the registry. The file will not be moved unless listed separately.)
==================== One Month Created files and folders ========
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the file/folder will be moved.)
2015-11-16 14:05 - 2015-11-16 14:05 - 00020866 _____ C:\Users\Brian\Downloads\FRST.txt
2015-11-16 14:04 - 2015-11-16 14:05 - 00000000 ____D C:\FRST
2015-11-16 14:04 - 2015-11-16 14:04 - 01378304 _____ (Farbar) C:\Users\Brian\Downloads\FRST.exe
2015-11-16 10:55 - 2015-11-16 10:55 - 00001446 _____ C:\Users\Brian\Downloads\hijackthis.log
2015-11-16 10:52 - 2015-11-16 10... Read more

A:Unable to access Task Manager - Error: Access is denied

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Here is the FRST logs:Your your is not complete. Please post the complete FRST log for my review.

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