Desktop problems with msconfig and internet tools, access to computer is all the sudden limited?

I all the sudden went to check the internet tools on my desktop and got an error stating that "this operation has been cancelled due to restriction in effect on this computer. Please contact your system admin". Also when I go to run>msconfig I cannot access that either to see the permissions, it gives me a "thsi application has failed to start because MFC42u.DLL was not found. Re-Installing the application may fix this problem. I cannot figure out what is going on. The NIS is running and now when I do live update it seems to hang and act like it is updating, but I can still run scans that come out clean. What gives???
rattlemeAsked:
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orangutangCommented:
You can download (http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?mfc42u) and put the DLL in your C:\WINDOWS\System32 folder or you can search for it on your hard drive and put it there. Or maybe that won't work...
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rattlemeAuthor Commented:
ok, that fixed the msconfig problem. Now I need to figure out why I cannot access my internet tools option within IE?
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johnb6767Commented:
Internet Explorer Restrictions
http://www.pctools.com/guides/registry/detail/442/

primarily the value of "NoBrowserOptions"
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orangutangCommented:
What happens when you try to access your internet options? Do you get an error message saying that it's restricted?
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rattlemeAuthor Commented:
that tweak is for IE 5 & 6. I am running 7
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rattlemeAuthor Commented:
"this operation has been cancelled due to restriction in effect on this computer. Please contact your system admin".
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johnb6767Commented:
I believe 7 still uses the same locations for alot of the policies.....
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orangutangCommented:
Are you sure that registry fix doesn't work with IE7? Also, it seems that someone else had a similar problem and the cause was some security software that was restricting it.
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johnb6767Commented:
No options appear under Settings on the Advanced tab of the "Internet Options" dialog box in Windows Internet Explorer 7
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/928849

More info.....
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johnb6767Commented:
Also, you dont have Spybot installed by any chance. There is a setting in there to lock internet options from current user.....
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rattlemeAuthor Commented:
not running spybot. Why would this occur all the sudden with me not able to open these settings? How do I get to the options where I can see if the admin has rights or restriction on my computer?
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johnb6767Commented:
Do you have another user, or the local admin account? you could do a 'runas' command on inetcpl.cpl...

If XP home, login to safe mode with the admin account, and see if the options are there. Might just need to create a new user account if it is present....
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rpggamergirlCommented:
If you have Hijackthis.exe, restrictions appear in 05, 06 and 07 lines,
and to remove the restrictions you just have to let hijackthis fixed the relevant entry.

Or, show us a hijackthis log please?
http://danborg.org/spy/hjt/alternativ.exe
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