My original thread is not that old: https://www.techspot.com/community/topics/file-recovery-rogue-scanner-infection.184904 Broni helped me get my PC back under control, but one thing that didn't resolve was the issue of getting full access to my files. For example, I have SEO software that allows me to upload fresh proxies before running. I also have software that needs updating, but when I try to write over the old files (updating or changing proxies), I am given an "Access Denied" error. When I check the "program (x86)" folder (I am running Windows 7 64 bit), I see the permissions are set to "read only." When I try to reset the permissions to "full" under "Security > Advanced" as recommended by Microsoft here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...t-access-denied-when-opening-files-or-folders I get the "Access Denied" error. Every time I un-check "read only" or try to give myself "ownership" (under Security > Advanced, as Microsoft recommended), the dialog opens up and it seems to work, as if it's changing the permissions/ownership: but it keeps reverting back. Since this is a recent infection I'm not sure if I need to run the 5 steps all over again, or if Broni has other suggestions (or anyone else). Please let me know ASAP as I've got to access these tools in order to work for my clients and my own projects.