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Admin rights loss

Discussion in 'Software' started by Jntler, May 5, 2008.

  1. Jntler

    Jntler Private E-2

    Hi there,

    I run Windows XP sp2 on a T42, an old company laptop I was given when I left a company. I was overzealous in wanting to clean up my drive. I used ERASER and obviously erased a bunch of files I shouldn't have. Bottom line is that many of my settings are gone. Prior to using ERASER I had downloaded and used CCleaner, Advance Windows Care V2, iObit defrag, nCleaner, Recuva, and Undelete Plus. I used Recuva to identify (or I thought) files that I wanted to delete, I used ERASER to erase them all. Since then I can no longer use any of the freeware downloaded (except CCleaner). The message is always the same: I do not have Administrator's rights to use the program. It is the same with many tasks like checking the User Accounts (it defaults to the Administrator username and is asking for the password that of course I don't have). I am not able to download any more software from majorgeeks. Every time I open IE it takes me to the "new settings" page. I set it up but it doesn't save anything apparently.

    I am a little bit at a loss and don't know where to go next. I do not have a backup of my system. I have tried the system restore to go back to a previous check point but it won't let me do that either. It won't let me use PC Doctor (because of lack of admin rights).

    I have read a lot on this site and it seems like I need to fix the admin rights problem before I will be able to do anything else (malware problem after that). I have seen recommendations for using ERD commander. Is this the thing to do at this point? (if it is where can I find it and how difficult is it to use?). I do no longer have an antivirus, tried to download AVG but download doesn't work.

    Anyway, any help, if still possible will be appreciated.
  2. thesmokingun

    thesmokingun MajorGeek

    Is the administrator account blank? (meaning no password)
  3. Jntler

    Jntler Private E-2

    Yes it is.
  4. thesmokingun

    thesmokingun MajorGeek

    what i mean is, can you log in as administrator? without putting in a password?
  5. Jntler

    Jntler Private E-2

    Apologies...You can obviously see my limitations...

    No, I can't. I have always logged in as a user with my user name and password after the CTRL ALT Del. I don't even know how to log in as an Admin since I have never created an Admin account. I have seen a screen pop up with the Admin user name and no password I believe when I tried to check the user's rights. I hit the Enter key but that wouldn't work.
  6. Tobster

    Tobster Private E-2

    just my two penneth, but you get offered to log in as administrator when you start in safe mode - is that helpful?? I don't know.
  7. Jntler

    Jntler Private E-2

    Thank you Tobster. Can you please tell me more on how to proceed? I rebooted in Safe mode with networking but it defaulted to the same log on screen than regular mode. I did not see an option to log on as admin.
  8. thesmokingun

    thesmokingun MajorGeek

    try hitting ctrl-alt-delete twice in the welcome screen, it should bring up the login prompt. and type administrator as username, and no password. This is assuming that there was no administrator password set during installation...More than likely, there is an administrator password since this is a company laptop, but, maybe not.
  9. Jntler

    Jntler Private E-2

    Hitting twice doesn't do anything different. It doesn't change the logon screen. I changed my username for "administrator", with no password; as you had guessed that doesn't work.

    I will follow the instructions in the Read and Run Me First article as much as I can and attach logs of the programs I can run (Combofix, etc.). That may be helpful..

    Thank you for your time.

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