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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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)

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January 2, 2010 at 23:48:08
Read Only

You Cannot View or Change the Read-Only or System Attribute of Folders

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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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January 3, 2010 at 04:35:24
Well at least you're malware free now

Try XP SP3:

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


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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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.


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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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