virus' and multiple user accounts

August 9, 2005 at 13:36:45
Specs: win xp sp2, 256

Not sure about this. A stand alone home pc, that is set up with multiple user accounts (6-7) where the whole family logs on under their own profile, is badly infected with several virus' and tons of spyware/adware. Short of slicking it and re-installing the OS, does the running of Nortons A/V, spybot and ad-aware have to be done within all user logons separately or does running them in one account "get" the system as a whole if full system scan is selected? I know to disable system restore and to try to run the "tools" in safe mode. There is a problem with Nortons in safe mode. I just want to try to get it to a point where the sys is a bit more workable for starters. They never did any kind of maintainence and the sys had tons of unneeded files and crap on it. Thanks in advance.

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August 9, 2005 at 13:53:12

If you run the adware/virus scans when logged on as the Administrator, there should be no problem accessing, deleting suspected files.

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August 9, 2005 at 14:30:03

Thanks for the reply and I have one more question. In this xp HOME edition, how can you see what rights/permissions each user may have? IE: "read" "write" or whatever. I cant seem to find this section like I can in win2k or xp-pro. Thought I was going crazy. I know there is a page where all the user accounts are displayed and when you click on anyone of them, you see what their "rights" are and can edit if you choose. I just dont see this in xp-home. Thanks again.

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August 10, 2005 at 00:53:33

Here is all it says from the home edition.

XP HOME Computer Administrator
Install Programs and hardware, Make system wide changes, access and read all non private files, create and delete user accounts, change others peoples accts, change your own acct, change your picture, create change or remove your password...

the Limited only allows you to change your picture and create your own password. (and of course run those installed programs/files that the admin installed)

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