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Windows 7: Getting "Preparing Security Options"

27 May 2016   #31
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Hi

I've been on the computer for most of the day (instead of doing the DIY!)

I've done a near 3 hour scan using MS Safety Scanner and no issues were found.

I've run another 'scannow' and it is still saying that the WSCAPI.dll file is missing or deleted. However, after a bit of digging around I've found the file in windows\system32. I've also run a McAfee and Malwarebytes Scan on that file and both say no issues.

So why would scannow say the file is missing when it's not?




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27 May 2016   #32
comtrjl

win7 x64
 
 

Perhaps wscapi.dll needs to be 're-registered'.
There are some instructions here:

http://www.solvusoft.com/en/files/missing-not-found-error/dll/windows/microsoft/msdn-disc-4455-01/wscapi-dll/
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28 May 2016   #33
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Thank for the reply. Are you or anyone else able to help in Roy's absence (trust that he is OK).

Regarding the previously discussed changes to the registry which aren't staying. I have this morning booted in safemode (with net connection) and going into the registry, it states the correct numbers, i.e 1 for refcount, 100 for state (shown on gif 2) However, re-booting normally, it has changed to recount 2, state 0 (in gif 1). So some programme / application / service is changing my registry from what it should be. Would a simple changing the registry permissions resolve this? Or should I try to track down what programme etc is causing the change. How would I go about this?


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28 May 2016   #34
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi LevelBest,
Been reviewing the thread,
Im concerned that the reinstall via the image was also corrupt.
IT should have had at least 3 profiles
Admin, User and Guest, they are bulk standard on a prime install.
(something must have changed them prior to your image creation, Admin only!)

can you run this, check all options please
MiniToolBox Download

what is drive E

Roy
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29 May 2016   #35
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Hi Roy

Glad you're back! v What I don't understand is that I've used that system image to rebuild my computer 3 years ago and it was fine. I'm not sure what you mean by 'IT'. I've never changed or created a new profile. It's always just been me as administrator.

Not sure what you mean by Drive E. I have a C and D, E may show up if I use a USB perhaps.

I've attached the log. Bit concerned about these 'wild tangent' games. I've never downloaded games nor do I play games. I've seen something on the net about viruses masquerading as quotes from famous novels. Can I uninstall / delete them?

Gif of accounts.


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29 May 2016   #36
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi LevelBest,
IT (meant your image),
When i asked you to look at 1 5 21, i needed to know the last 4 digits 1000 or 1002, to see the profile(user) in use.
see my screenshot
>> same as yours <<, your 1002 is missing it shouldn't be, something removed it >>BEFORE<< your image was made!

Wild Tangent
This comes as bloatware on most OEM machines. you can uninstall the program folder with no ill effects to you.

Now lets get back to the log

Plusnet Protect
McAfee WebAdvisor
More bloatware uninstall the above, when you update Flash UNcheck the little box for Mcafee, your AV suite allready does these.
The Knowhow prog can also be removed, your out of warrenty, they'll charge you if you use them now.

NOW more importantly
Office
You have both 7 and 10 but your restore point info says 10 removed?
did you uninstall it via progs and features or use the MS removal tool.
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
Microsoft Office File Validation Add-In

Seem to have been a few problems with certain Office updates lately, did your system start acting up after installing any of them,( 4weeks ago, check your installed updates log for about then)
now the last file listed above performs an licence activation check, when the system starts.
can you run this tool, copy/paste results
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=52012


Other comments
Do you have additional language packs installed

B6AA-47Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition - its no longer supported
Windows Live Mail - update KB3093594 known to cause problems - being phased out

Roy


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29 May 2016   #37
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Hi Roy

I understand now about the 1002 line missing in the regedit profile, thanks.

Mcafee is my AV and paid for monthly as part of PlusNet, I would not want to remove the webadvisor as I rely on it to let me know of any dodgy sites.

I use MS Office 2007 which I purchased when I got the laptop. I went to uninstall MSOffice 10 in progammes thinking it was Windows 10 but then realised it was not W10 and cancelled. I tend to make restore points before doing any changes to give the computer a safety net.

When I did the system image, apart from installing McAfee and IE11, I made no further changes for a few days as I wanted to be sure everything was stable (which it was) before adding further programmes and software. From memory, my feeling is that the PSO began after an overnight update of windows updates. I've checked and don't have the KB update you mentioned.

I don't have any other language packs that I'm aware of.

I can't attach the logs. It comes up as a cabinet file which there isn't an option to attach as. I've attached as screenshots over the next few posts.
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29 May 2016   #38
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

I've attached screenshots of each screen, hopefully that will give you the info:


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29 May 2016   #39
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

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29 May 2016   #40
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Level,
please compare your WU list to mine, i dont have Office,
list your extras i'll check them

Did the office 10 uninstall/cancell happen just before the problem?

Do you know anyone with a W7 disc?


Roy
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