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All folders & files changed to read-only

January 2, 2010 at 23:35:52
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ALL my computer's folders are set as read-only as well as many of the files.
i cannot change any of these from "read only" i use windows xp professional.
i am the administrator. i have not changed any settings etc. i've restarted the computer several times. tried to "take ownership" of several folders. i'm the only user on this computer. i don't understand why this has even happened let alone what to do please help!

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#1
January 2, 2010 at 23:45:20

What about trying it in Safe Mode? (F8 before Windows starts to load)

Also you might want to run a full updated Antivirus scan
I'd also suggest downloading Free Malwarebytes and running a full updated scan (removing all found Malwares at the end of the scan)
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam-do...


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#2
January 2, 2010 at 23:48:08

Read Only
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

You Cannot View or Change the Read-Only or System Attribute of Folders
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326...


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#3
January 3, 2010 at 00:45:38

tried the above 2 options, neither has worked please more help is still required!

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#4
January 3, 2010 at 04:35:24

Well at least you're malware free now

Try XP SP3: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pr...

And if you already have that installed, try..
Start > Run > SFC /ScanNow


EDIT:

And did you -1 Johnw above?
Because that response has helped many (most) in the same situation
Its not a "bad" answer!


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#5
January 3, 2010 at 06:22:46

What makes you think the files are read-only? Are you getting errors of some kind? More detail/information would be good.

LIR


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#6
January 3, 2010 at 18:51:26

the reason i think the files are read-only is that(like the folders) when i go into their properties, almost all have "read-only" checked. some don't (music files (mp3 and wma only) and only 3 video files that i can find (all wmv format but other wmv format files are still read-only))

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