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Something Overrides My Administrator Changes

Discussion in 'Malware Help - MG (A Specialist Will Reply)' started by faster, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. faster

    faster Private E-2

    I have NEVER chosen to have a public network. Yet every time I reboot, it is a public network. To change it back to a home network requires me to make two administrator changes. What can actually act as administrator on my system?

    It changes from home network to public. It also changes the file sharing and discovery options to allow them, and I NEVER do that. To return both of these changes to what I want, each one requires my authorization as administrator.

    As usual, I run S&D and other antivirus scans - and as usual, nothing.

    I need advice. I can cope with changing these every day, but what ELSE is this malware able to do that I haven't found yet?

    Thanks for all the good help you've given me in the past,
    Holly B.
  2. chaslang

    chaslang MajorGeeks Admin - Master Malware Expert Staff Member

  3. faster

    faster Private E-2

    Thanks for the help. Sorry I forgot to name my system W7.
    The first link helped me re-establish my network connection. It has been called Network 2 (which I couldn't change), but stopped doing that months ago. That's how I learned everything was a public connection.
    Your suggestion solved this problem. But I still don't know how my system got changed in the first place. I have never selected to make it public and don't ask me again.
    So you're right, about how to fix this, but not how I got this problem in the first place. if it was a malware, I've still got it, and it may be doing other things, or may repeat this problem.
    If I see other things when I reboot tomorrow, I'll write you.
    Thanks again!
  4. faster

    faster Private E-2

    Well, it's sad - what I did only gave my network the name I chose.
    It was right back at public network, sharing everything again.
    Since it changed to a setting I would never choose, I felt fairly sure it was malware.
    Now I AM sure of it.
    What can I do?
  5. chaslang

    chaslang MajorGeeks Admin - Master Malware Expert Staff Member

    As stated in my first message, you should run the malware cleaning process posted in the forum. I will put the link here but it is at the top of the list on every forum page.

    Read & Run Me First Malware Removal Guide (incl. Spyware, Virus, Trojan, Hijacker)

    I'm not expect that this is a malware problem though simply because I have never seen malware cause this issue. More frequently it is a Windows problem. But will know more after the cleaning process.
  6. faster

    faster Private E-2

    I don't mean to be difficult, but I have had some terrible experiences with scanners that automatically "fixed" things. When I had 98SE, I trusted scandisk to correct a large number of files it found - and the result was that most files - the worst being .txt and .doc files - were truncated. I had to try renaming them all. A thousand or more, and I still haven't recovered from that.

    I can't trust that to happen again, so I only use scanners that let me choose what to clean and what not to - never automatic.

    Do you know of such a scanner?

    BTW, why doesn't W7 have a scandisk? How can I fix disk or file errors?
  7. chaslang

    chaslang MajorGeeks Admin - Master Malware Expert Staff Member

    Are you implying you are still running the 18 yr old Win 98SE? You said you "still have not recovered from that". And what you ran was a Windows built in tool not the scanners we are asking you to run that are also 18 years newer. And we run them every day on many PCs with out a problem. Also the truncated files that you found were due to the fact that you had disk errors and the files were being recovered as best as the could.

    In addition the only tool in our in our instructions that we ask you to fix anything with is Malwarebytes. And you can by pass the fix part and just attach the scan log if you wish because I still don't expect that your problem is related to malware.

    And by the way, the scandisk feature still exists in Windows 7. It is chkdsk now. See: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2641432/check-your-hard-disk-for-errors-in-windows-7

    Also there is a tool to check system files. It is called sfc ( system file checker ). See: https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html
  8. faster

    faster Private E-2

    I think I mentioned I'm running W7. 98SE was better, but it became unusable, and rather than upgrading it, they replaced it. Now, many things I used to be able to do, I can't - and I've got a lot of megabytes that are useless to me.

    I have Malware Bites, and all it finds are PUPs.

    My truncated files vanished when my old HD failed, but I never was able to finish renaming them, even after a year. If it hadn't failed, I'd STILL be renaming them.

    I also used another scanner. CCleaner, that, when I let it fix everything, it erased all my videos.

    I've had to recover files before, and I know what it looks like when they have to recover files as best they could. My expert did and gave me CDs of what he could recover.

    My truncated files weren't remotely like that. It WAS malware. The disk they were on had no errors at all, according to Scandisk. It later failed due to a short circuit, not to errors.

    Being newer doesn't make a scanner better, any more than the newer OS,.W7, was better than 98SE.

    I once had a Registry Cleaner that let me make the decisions, but told me what was wrong with each one. It was very helpful, but won't work on W7. Of course.

    So if a cleaner app doesn't let ME decide what to do on every single thing, I won't use it. Twice burned.

    I still have to change to a homegroup and deny all the file sharing every day. Is it possible that was NOT caused by malware? That's TWO things I can only change as administrator - with the exception of the malware which can do it easier than I can, every bootup. It won't let me rename my connection, either, so it has easier control than I do. I at least have to click my approval as administrator - it doesn't.
  9. chaslang

    chaslang MajorGeeks Admin - Master Malware Expert Staff Member

    That may have occurred due to the folder name that they were stored or possibly due to some settings selected to cleanup up files from various applications.

    All the tools we have you run are in a scan only mode and when used to clean, they all let you select what to clean. So if you wish us to perform a detailed check for malware, we can do that if you follow the instructions in the READ & RUN ME FIRST. I'm still betting that it is not malware though and in that case I would suggest that you post in the Software Forum for help.

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