Bothersome error message

By ComputerN00b
Jul 1, 2008
  1. Every time I try to open almost any program, from the Speech function, MSN messenger, or even Firefox, I get a message "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

    Now at first I checked and the account I'm using is the computer administrator (duh)

    Then I went on to use Sbybot Search and Destroy, to see if it would help, but the same message came up, also when I tried a number of other programs, I had to switch to another account just so I would be able to use Internet Explorer, and have been ever since.

    This problem occured while I was removing spyware from my computer, using search and destroy, and one day it was just like this.

    If anyone can help me out here I would appreciate it greatly. Thanks :)
  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    What Antivirus and firewall are you using
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    You can try doing a System Restore to date right before the problem began. However, know that if spyware was a part of the cause, the restore might not work.
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