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Windows 7: Error 5: Access Denied while using Admin account

10 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Error 5: Access Denied while using Admin account

So I've been recently having issues with permissions or something related to it. I first noticed it when I would always get this security prompt when attempting to open a shortcut to Teamspeak 3. Now I'm just trying to install a program and it's saying that I don't have rights to the /Local/Temp/ folder!



Obviously the first thing I checked what whether or not my account was still an administrator:


Check!

Then I made sure UAC was turned off:


Check!

Then I went ahead and attempted to give myself Full Access permissions to the entire C:\ drive:



Then I get these Access Denied errors using this process and I have no idea why!


Which also says the same thing about Program Files.

(It did allow me to take ownership of the drive(s) though).

Of course I attempted to Google the issue and tried many methods including several from these forums:
Error applying security!!!!!!!!
Sharing and Permissions

I don't know what else to try thus why I'm here!
Thanks


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11 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I was able to resolve the File Security prompt for opening shortcuts (i.e. Teamspeak 3) by enabling 'Launching applications and unsafe files' in Internet Options. BUT I'm still getting the permissions error and cannot give myself full access!

I've also noticed that there are about three updates that I cannot install. I'm sure this has to do with my permissions issue as well. If any of you are wondering my OS is installed on my primary SSD (C:\) which is one of the drives I'm trying to alter. The other drives seemed to work fairly OK with a few minor issues.
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11 Jan 2013   #3

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Lucky you!! You did only change permissions on C:\ only (so not on subfolders). this wasn't neccesary at all and don't do it again.

Enable UAC please and check if it's working. For example try to open a Elevated Command Prompt

Also post all permissions on folder c:\users\nathan\appdata\local\temp
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11 Jan 2013   #4

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When posting permissions on folder c:\users\nathan\appdata\local\temp be sure to click advanced. Post screenshot. Also click on owner tab and tell me who's the owner
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11 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I believe that I set myself Full Access rights to that folder as well as changing the Ownership, but I will post a screenshot when I can.
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11 Jan 2013   #6

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Rootkits are notorious for writing a hidden boot sector, hence a probable reason for denial to C:\Boot. Viruses deny access to certain parts of the software in attempt to quell any removal tactics. You should run some malware/virus removal tools just to be sure you are not infected.

Start by running TDSSKiller, to see if any rootkits are present.

Run Malwarebytes and see what it finds.

Another recommended program is AdwCleaner

Next, Make a copy of Windows Defender Offline on a different, clean PC. Then run it on the infected machine. Do not make this on a infected PC as this can compromise the scanner.
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11 Jan 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
Rootkits are notorious for writing a hidden boot sector, hence a probable reason for denial to C:\Boot. Viruses deny access to certain parts of the software in attempt to quell any removal tactics. You should run some malware/virus removal tools just to be sure you are not infected.

Start by running TDSSKiller, to see if any rootkits are present.

Run Malwarebytes and see what it finds.

Another recommended program is AdwCleaner

Next, Make a copy of Windows Defender Offline on a different, clean PC. Then run it on the infected machine. Do not make this on a infected PC as this can compromise the scanner.
Of course it's possible what you say, but it's quite normal you can't change permissions on C:\boot without elevated privileges.
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11 Jan 2013   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
When posting permissions on folder c:\users\nathan\appdata\local\temp be sure to click advanced. Post screenshot. Also click on owner tab and tell me who's the owner
Do you have ADOBE PROFESSIONAL? I helped 2 other persons before. Any update to that software changes the permissions on temp folder.... don't know why.
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11 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
Rootkits are notorious for writing a hidden boot sector, hence a probable reason for denial to C:\Boot. Viruses deny access to certain parts of the software in attempt to quell any removal tactics. You should run some malware/virus removal tools just to be sure you are not infected.

Start by running TDSSKiller, to see if any rootkits are present.

Run Malwarebytes and see what it finds.

Another recommended program is AdwCleaner

Next, Make a copy of Windows Defender Offline on a different, clean PC. Then run it on the infected machine. Do not make this on a infected PC as this can compromise the scanner.
Thanks I never thought about this since I have AVG (I know I should remove it and just use MSE instead). I haven't run any scans recently. I will try the programs you suggested as soon as I get home.


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Do you have ADOBE PROFESSIONAL? I helped 2 other persons before. Any update to that software changes the permissions on temp folder.... don't know why.
I have Adobe CS6 and I think Adobe Reader X but I'm sure. I don't remember ever doing any updates to them. Especially CS6 because I disabled updates.
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11 Jan 2013   #10

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Of course it's possible what you say, but it's quite normal you can't change permissions on C:\boot without elevated privileges.
It could be, but anytime you can't get to certain areas of your PC that were accessible before, the first thing to suspect is a infection, as most viruses will try to block you from getting to key points that can aid in removal. Better to confirm your machine is clean rather then going unchecked & have a virus hiding somewhere on the system. Paranoia is just another level of defense
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