Someone please help! Last week, SUDDENLY, I could not access my control panel programs. I keep getting this warning: "Access to the specified device,path, or file is denied" and a big red circle with a white "X" in it. ???? I tried to change my date and time by right clicking on the desktop and then properties and i get this warning again. I can get to the control panel but when i click on ANYTHING in it i get the same warning. Am dumbfounded. Have done spyware and virus checks non-stop - nothing. I even did a wondows 2000 repair and the problem remains. The problem remains even in SAFE MODE. I have tried all that i know. some other people have the same problem but i have yet to find a fix. CAN ANYONE HELP ME with this. THANKYOU!!!!!! Erin :hotbounce Putting an email on a forum is asking for SPAM! Removed email.