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Registry and task manager locked

By Zadman
Dec 23, 2009
  1. Hi,
    can any one help me out with this, well whenever i install a game and start its registry setup it says that registry is locked by the admin, and i am the admin. so how do i unlock registry. and also when I start the task manager it says that the task manager is locked aswell. So can some help me out with this plz.
     
  2. Zadman

    Zadman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    forgot to tell my windows is XP
     
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    Sorry to say - that is most commonly a symptom of a virus infection. What is your anti-virus package and firewall and operating System version XP what, service pack what? You should request a free online scan from one of the various suppliers of such things, such as Trend Micro housecall http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ and also closely study our own virus help pages, starting from http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic58138.html
     
  4. Zadman

    Zadman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    this is actually happening in my freinds computer. He doesnt have antivirus and internet, he has service pack 2.
     
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    "He doesn't have antivirus and internet, he has service pack 2"...

    So this computer has never been connected to the Internet? If so, try restoring it back to an earlier time using System Restore
     
  6. Zadman

    Zadman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    k what is system restore? and how do i access it?
     
  7. Zadman

    Zadman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    what is system restore andhow do i access it?
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  9. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

  10. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    'Zadman', even if your friend claims to have never connected to the internet, do you believe him? And do you really suppose that he has not shared games with others through P2P interconnection, or installed copied/pirated CD/DVDs or via plug-in USB drives?

    The point is, his PC is almost certainly infected via one route or another. No PC should ever be without anti-virus.

    I hope 'WinXPert', you are prepared to explain what downloading and installing whatever is delivered by downloading from a file-sharing site will do? It could be a virus or key-logger? Hope not, but you really should explain.
     
  11. Zadman

    Zadman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey the file u told me to download i downloaded it. I installed but nothing happened.
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    So did you check this link? Do you know what a Windows restore is now?
     
  13. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    I respectfully disagree with the above post that everyone should install an antivirus software. I have not had a virus since running Vista and then 7. Some antivirus software like Norton are actually more annoying than the actual virus. Also as a side note I reformat my PC every few months which I think everyone should get into the habit of.
     
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    "I respectfully disagree with the above post that everyone should install antivirus software"...

    "Also as a side note I reformat my PC every few months which I think everyone should get into the habit of doing"

    Those 2 quotes do fit together. To expect a computer user to reformat every few months in unrealistic and foolish... To run a PC on-line without active and updated antivirus and other malware software is also a foolish thing to do
     
  15. Zadman

    Zadman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah i know what it is now. If i restore system will all the other data in the hard disk get erased?
     
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    No, your programs and user data should not be touched, as long as they were created or installed before the restore point you choose to apply
     
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