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Windows 7: Guest Account has Admin folders as shortcuts

22 Apr 2012   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

If I may butt in and add a little :)

Are you seeing those "S-1-5..." when hovering your mouse over your user account names in the Belarc screen? If so, those aren't passwords. They're the Windows' security identifier numbers (SID); it's how Windows handles user accounts. You know your account by the username that you assign, Windows knows them by the SID, but Windows also knows the names you've assigned and shows them to you rather than the "internal" SID.

You ought to be able to see the SID for the Ali account also, by hovering your mouse over the Ali username.

You should not see any user account passwords in the Belarc report, as it doesn't access user account passwords.

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07 May 2012   #22

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Thank you for making it so clear. I knew the SID identified the account and used the wrong word- password. I am learning so much with this forum. I am still using the crippled system but all the shortcuts are gone. Just seems as if I have 2 accounts running. I remove yahoo mail and it reappears again. Had not had time to do anything further on my system. Great to have your input.
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30 May 2012   #23

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Short cuts still. Network taking over.

I am still loosing date. Shorts cuts and now network is taking over.
Please advise better security settings.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Hello Avie, I am afraid I am not sure what you mean in your above post ^?

I got a little confused. Do you mean that you are sharing folders and/or sharing public folders and the guest account has access to files stored in them? I do not know of any other way in which the guest account can access Admin account folders. If so, type "Change advanced sharing options" without quotes into the start menu search bar, and select options to NOT share public folders and NOT share folders and printers. In addition, make sure you DO select password protected sharing to force a password requirement for all network connected computers in the event you decide later on to start sharing (added security).

If I missed the mark, please explain further. Hope this helps
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30 May 2012   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Avie View Post
I am still loosing date. Shorts cuts and now network is taking over.
Please advise better security settings.
I'm sorry, but I'm afraid you're going to have to more fully explain what is going on. When you say "loosing date" do you mean losing data? Further to that, does that mean losing shortcuts (ie, data)? And I have no idea what "network is taking over" really means...

Have you done any restores, reinstalls, or malware scans to correct your issue? Can you fill in your system specs and let us know what firewall and antivirus apps you're using? It would also be nice to know how you're connecting to the internet and whether that connection has other computers (that work properly) that use it.

Also, did you try any of DustSailor's previous recommendations?
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30 May 2012   #25

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Hello again Avie. Well shucks, lets see if we can fix this for real this time.

PLEASE, in the post right above this one, answer EVERY question, otherwise your problem is not going to get resolved. In addition, how you are connecting to the internet:

Answer all of these questions as well:
  • Are you able to connect to the internet? Are you connecting wirelessly or wired? Do you have a router and modem that your computer plugs into (both) or just directly into the modem?
  • Like F5ing said, are other computers able to connect to the internet?
  • Try this tutorial from Dinesh: Internet Troubleshooting Guide <- you might try to disable add-ons to see if things get better. One of them could be a culprit right there.
  • I still don't quite know what is being created and how the network is taking over. Perhaps there is a program installed on your computer that is doing this? You might post a screenshot of all installed programs. I saw in your previous screenshots some shortcuts to random things. Are they gone now? And your antivirus is coming up clean, and you've done this tutorial?: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
  • Update all add-ons and programs and windows. This closes security holes
We'll get this thing working sooner or later
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30 May 2012   #26

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Short cuts ,etc.


Cox Internet connection is cable directly into modem. No wireless, nor router.
I am a single computer in my home. Sometimes I have to reset to default PUBLIC profile through advanced Firewall setting.

I have found Firefox in 3 locations and with usb and network. All my settings are gone. . (ie #1 Users>Ali>All Data>roaming>Profile. 2. Users>Ali>All Data>local 3. Users>Ali>All Data> local low.) Some are locked and some have several profiles and one was part of XP which said Application Data instead of App Data, and then there is a Network icon. I just keep restoring to get going again. I think it is 2 footed 10 finger virus.
I spent 2 hours with my yahoo mail trying to find why my emails are being "hacked" by an address change. i.e. is returned as undeliverble showing address. Did it again this am. I need my computer safe because I am faced with all the legal stuff I am working on. Trying to get a case in Criminal /Federal court. Relatives and lawyers, accounts took all my money.
And I am determined to beat this with your help. I am sure my cable was on a splitter. Because the attic hatch was opened and my cable is under the bed. So I don't know it wireless is happening or just another connection. Belarc showed the Dlink Switch (one cable in and up to 5 out.) and now there is just another router
name. So the attic hatch is to screwed close. It could be anywhere with common attic space.
I did uninstall all addons. I have about 3 clean installs for Firefox. The profiles are a bit confusing. Wanted ot ask about the "no network" setting in the Tutorial for Firefox profiles. I found 23 pgs they left on how to programming my H.P. all-in one-printer for networking. I cannot even change the setting to print front toback..
My antivirus is clean. I think my scannow did not work the last time I tried. but I may have not have put in the command in correctly. All is upgraded. I lam really at the point of leaving cox cable it so shared!I am goin to sign off and go to Dinesh.

I can give you my list . I was unable to use program from this forum. I installed IE if it might work automatically.
I am happy. More later.
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30 May 2012   #27

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Hello Avie. Your Yahoo mail shouldn't have anything to do with your computer as it is a part of Yahoo. I am not sure why the address is changing, nor which address you mean. Your yahoo email address cannot change, ie Is an email contact changing? Which address is changing? When you click on a link in the email, do you mean that the link is taking you to the wrong location? Such as wehn you click Aplace Fashion Store & Magazine | Established 2007 | Stockholm, it turns up (please don't go to those locations, they were made up just now).

I'd like to see the installed program list, which may help pinpoint programs that may be interfering with your work. You can uninstall add-ons that you don't use, but keep ones such as adobe, shockwave, flash, etc.

I will need to see this router name, because I am not sure what you mean. Give me a screenshot. You just told me before that you didn't have a router connected to your computer, only a modem with a splitter. Even with a splitter, you aren't getting hacked. People might share your bandwidth with a splitter, but not your personal information. You are safe, so long as you do not have a virus installed (which your antivirus says you don't).

The printer problem is specific to your printer and not a computer problem. Does your printer have the ability to print front to back? Is the most current driver installed for it? This is no reason to believe you were hacked.

Again, any pictures you could post here indicting where and how you believe you are unsecure on your computer would help us tremendously. Be careful that you yourself are not modifying system files or important settings which may be causing you this trouble to begin with. You mentioned Black Viper before. Perhaps you disabled something that is preventing normal operation? The more you modify and don't tell us about, the harder it will be to fix your computer. Eventually you may just have to save your work to a usb drive and completely reintall the whole thing. So the more you tell us about the things you've changed on your computer, the more we are able to help.

If IE is working for you better than firefox, thats fine. Consider uninstalling firefox if you no longer use it, or reinstalling it if you plan on using it but want to try and fix it.

Were the shortcuts still being created randomly? Can you post another screenshot?
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31 May 2012   #28

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
shorrt cuts, etc.

Dust Sailer,
Passed all ipconfig. google, yahoo, but <default gateway> said incorrect syntex.
flush dns, release, renew. IPV6 Default, 3tunnel adapters , isatap, DNS, tunnel Pseudo, Tunnel 6T04 adapter. IPv6 & 4. OK Subnet Mask, Default Gatewasy. all good addresses.
FF failed up restart. "the instructions at 0x77412245 referenced memory at 0x77f174e8. The memory could be red. FF has stopped working". Ok after restart.
Scannow done and attached log. sfcdetails.txt

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31 May 2012   #29

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

You have windows mail installed? Can you uninstall it, and reinstall it? It is called microsoft live essentials in the bundle, and you can select to remove individual programs out of it (the live mail part). (Reading the list you just put up, i didn't see the program. have you had it in the past?)

*Gasp* holy crap. It can't repair windows defender either. But defender shouldn't be running if you have MSE...

Just which services on your computer did you change?

Uninstall MSE using control panel>uninstall programs, and install the newest version here: Spyware Protection | Free Spyware Protection | Microsoft Security Essentials

Run it, update it and let it scan (full scan takes longer but scans more).

Did you reinstall firefox (Only if you are planning on using it)

How come you are looking through the C: drive folder contents? Have you been changing files/folders in there? For most users, you shouldn't even BE in there...
I still don't know what settings you've changed on your system, could be anything. From some of the screenshots you've posted, it seems like you've been digging deep into your computer system. BAD IDEA! If you change something that deep, it could mess up normal operation. And it is starting to sound like this is exactly what happened.

I don't mean to put you on the defensive, but it just may be possible that the reason you are having all of this trouble is because you brought it upon yourself

I can help you reinstall your whole computer if interested, or we can continue working through these problems and see if we can't find somewhat of a solution. Up to you, bro

I'll talk to you more about the picture you just put up of your programs in the next post I write:
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31 May 2012   #30

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

  • Your Java is old and needs to be updated. This is important as it is a big tool in an attacker's ability to compromise your system. Some people don't even need java and uninstall it to keep more secure. Some rarely used aspects of Openoffice require java to run:
  • Be VERY careful with CCleaner. Most of the time i recommend not using it because most of the time, people don't know exactly what they are deleting when they use the registry cleaner. And it isn't an important thing to do by any means, either. It can potentially delete a key required by the system (unusual) or program (more often). This could cause you problems on all kinds of levels. It isn't worth it unless you know for certain what you are doing
  • This is purely a suggestion (Highly recommended), but I'd remove Prevx completely. If you are using MSE and malewarebytes, the only thing it will do is get in the way. There is some controversy surrounding that program too, something I would stay away from. To remove it, I would suggest using Revo Uninstaller Free (you already have it installed, but you may need to update it) to remove every last bit of it. Just in case, here is how to use Revo: How to use Revo Uninstaller - YouTube - Use the advanced method to uninstall
  • Do you use wordpadfix? Is it important to have when you use openoffice (I don't know about wordpadfix)
  • Do you need both adobe reader X and Foxit reader, which do the same thing?
  • Peerblock, does it work as a block list, firewall, or both? If it is a firewall, I would recommend the windows firewall over peerblock. But that is up to you. I do not know that program
  • I would remove system requirements lab unless you use it.
  • Some of the programs you have that keep your computer more secure (Keyscrambler, security task manager, prevx, etc) may also be what is causing you problems (Though I am not sure of this, it is only possible). The more secure you are, the less functionality you have. Completely secure would mean disconnected from all input ports and disconnected from the internet. Obviously not a realistic situation. I would think the only security programs you would need are malwarebytes and MSE, but if you feel that you would rather have more, that is entirely your choice. Many people prefer to be kept safer on their computers. I'm just saying that it is possible the problem could be with one of these extra programs and some conflict or other, but I can't be sure of this.
The problem could very well have nothing to do with these extra security programs I've mentioned and be something else entirely. This could be a start though in finding the problem. Start small and slow to clean this up. If you do not want to be rid of something or some program, please don't feel that I am forcing it on you. But let me know so I can keep on the same page as you
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