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Interesting .exe file permissions problem

By Ford Prefect ยท 6 replies
Aug 16, 2007
  1. Hi Folks,
    I've been given a small utility (.exe file) on a CD but when I try to do anything with it, such as open it, run it, copy it, I get the following message:
    "Access is denied. Windows is unable to access the device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
    But it's just a file on a CD. Can't even copy it to the desktop.

    I've already tried another copy which I was sent by e-mail.
    Still doesn't work, but both the original file on the CD and the e-mail versions work ok on my daughter's PC.
    Only difference is that she is on XP Home and I'm on XP Pro, both with SP2 and all current updates.

    Also, and I don't know if this might help, when I loaded the CD on my daughter's PC, the file shows up as a small picture icon, whereas on my PC it just shows up as a small blue square (like a DOS file)??

    Any ideas please?
  2. hynesy

    hynesy TS Maniac Posts: 389

    Do you have any kind of firewalls on the computer you are trying to run it on?
  3. Ford Prefect

    Ford Prefect TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, I'm running Trend Pc-cillin, set to "Low" because I'm also behind a Router.
  4. hynesy

    hynesy TS Maniac Posts: 389

    Try disabling PC-Cillin then executing the .exe, just make sure you know where the .exe came from.
  5. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    could be your file association has gone a little screwey?
  6. Ford Prefect

    Ford Prefect TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Folks,
    I did as suggested. Turning off Pc-cillin fixed the problem.
    I presume it's the virus checker as scanning it comes up with "infected file".
    However, it's from a trusted source and it works ok.
    Thanks for your help.
  7. hynesy

    hynesy TS Maniac Posts: 389

    No problem, glad its fixed. Anti-virus programs sometimes think legit programs are viruses. Just remember never disable your anti virus unless you trust the program.
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