Last night all was well. But this morning several MS programs produce the same error message, "Microsoft ® HTML Application host has encountered a problem and needs to close". We are sorry for the inconvenience...". The programs affected are IE6, OE6, Services, System Restore, User Accounts, NAV, etc. I also found the Remote Assitance box checked under System Properties, when I know I had unchecked it some time ago, and disabled the associated services. I also get random Access violations in User32.dll
Using a diagnostic known as AIDA32 (no longer being upgraded), I was able to find a couple of suspicious entries under the SERVER folder - Opened Files, Global Groups, & Account security. The opened files screen is grayed-out, but the AIDA32 Account security page lists these items (that I'm certain I did not create):
Computer Role Primary
Domain Name SEZ4550
Primary Domain Controller Not Specified
Forced Logoff Time Disabled
Min / Max Password Age 0 / 49710 days
Minimum Password Length 0 chars
Password History Length Disabled
Lockout Threshold Disabled
Lockout Duration 30 min
Lockout Observation Window 30 min
I've read a similar Topic in this forum about someone who had a similar experience in Jan 06, but there seemed to be no resolution to the problem.
Although I'm not a computer novice, I am not experienced with the Windows Server. Based on what I've been able to find I suspect "someone" created a new user account and "adjusted" the permissions on several key Windows system files.
I'm hoping the collective knowlege in this forum can help me diagnose the problem, and hopefully come up with a solution that doesn't involve reformatting the HD and reistalling Windows. Is that possible?