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Access Denied to C Drive Windows 7

When I try and open any programs i am getting an access denied error.  If I try and go to computer and click on the C drive it won't let me view the content.

When i am in safe mode i can view all subfolders of the C drive except the actual root.

Any ideas?
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Getsum_BloodlustCommented:
I reckon you have a virus. has this been happening for a while? maybe try and recover from the last recovery point.

if that works, make sure you have an antivirus package installed. also install malware Bytes antimalware.
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jmkotmanAuthor Commented:
Yeah that was maybe going to be my next step.  Tried a system restore back to earlier this week but no luck.

Think combofix or malwarebytes are the best to run on it?
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Getsum_BloodlustCommented:
i know MalwareBytes has helped me in the past. I have not heard of combofix.

could also try AVG Free.. go with MalwareBytes first
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Run5kCommented:
In your shoes, I would first perform a full scan with your installed antivirus software.  After that, I would run RogueKiller followed immediately by Malwarebytes.

Here is a great article that helps explain some "best practices" written by Younghv, one of the EE community's leading experts in the antivirus/malware arena:

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jmkotmanAuthor Commented:
Won't even let me install anything bc it tries to write files to that drive.
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Run5kCommented:
If that's the case, it might be wise to start off by utilizing your pre-installed security/antivirus software and perform a full scan.
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nobusCommented:
>>  Won't even let me install anything bc it tries to write files to that drive.   <<   connect the drive to another PC and scan it from there
if no pc available, use Kaspersky cd to scan it  http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/rescuedisk
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Hamid Reza MolahadiCommented:
have you tried taking the ownership for C driver to administrator?
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johnb6767Commented:
"When i am in safe mode i can view all subfolders of the C drive except the actual root."

Do you get the denial messages in Safe Mode as well?

Autoruns
http://live.sysinternals.com/autoruns.exe

I would be curious to see if you could produce an .arn file from this util.....

In the options above, please uncheck "Hide MS and Windows entries"..... Attach it here....
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jmkotmanAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys,
i was able to fix the problem by connecting the HD to another PC via a sata - usb cable and changed the permissions.

Thanks for the help
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nobusCommented:
that is exactly what i posted -why no credit for me???
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