I am working on a Dell XP SP3 that had been infected with the latest version of a Fake antivirus.
I have cleaned the PC with a Kaspersky boot cd and everything is fine now except for one major problem. The Administrator (user) account behaves as a standard account. I can't do several things, most importantly, start the malware service.
I have tried the following:
1) Restoring to the earliest point in time possible.
2) Logging into safe mode, administrator, making the client a standard user after making a user with admin privileges, then rebooting and then making the the client an administrator.
3) A repair install.
I have looked up a lot of information on permissions that have been corrupted by viruses and after spending hours trying to fix the problem found that the only thing that worked for me was the XP Repair Install. I wanted to note this for everybody's future reference. XP REPAIR INSTALL WORKED FOR ME.
I do however have a question.
1) Is there an equivalent method (using install disks to fix registry permissions) for Vista and \or Windows 7? In other words, is there a way to fix (restore) permissions in either Vista or W7?