"An access denied error was returned while attempting to change a service. You may need to log on using an Administrator Account to make the specified changes".
I then click on OK to the error message and then the text box pops up stating the usual
"You must restart your computer for some of the changes made by System Configuration to take effect". "Restart" - "Exit without Restart".
In other words, even though the "Access denied" error message pops up, I can still do what I intended to do in the System Configuration Utility. The error message is basically just an annoyance.
I have run NOD32, Ewido, Spybot, Adaware SE, Stng260, CWShredder, you name it and my system comes up clean.
I also have a backup copy of msconfig which I used to replace the msconfig in %systemroot%/PCHealth/HELPCTR/Binaries in case msconfig was corrupt in some fashion. Still get the same annoying error message, which does not stop me from initializing changes in Msconfig.
Have also run djlizard's Repair_Permissions to no avail. Have completely shutdown Kerio4 firewall in case that was the cause, still get that annoying error message.
Have run HJT and kept the log. Can post that in the Malware forum.