The wife of a friend of mine has a Toshiba laptop (Satellite P105-S6114) running XP Home, and she asked if I could get it running. She said that she had received warnings from her AVG program that five viruses (or something--she's not very conversant in computer lingo) had infected her machine. The next day, she had this logon/immediate logoff problem.
I've read through and tried most all of the fixes I've seen on this site and another: Safe Mode (still logs off immediately), Bart's PE, going into the registry, etc. I've pulled out the hard drive and plugged it in as an external drive on my computer to try to yank the user My Documents files. When I performed the userinit.ex fix, the file was successfully copied. After all of these, the logon/logoff problem is still there.
Everything seems to go fine with all of these approaches until I reach the user files. When I was attempting to alter the user key in the registry, access was denied. When I tried to copy the user's Documents folder, access was denied. A password was never put on the machine, so that's not the problem. When I ran the cursor over the folder, it indicated that the file was empty, but I know that files are in it--or at least were.
I would like to be able to salvage those files. Does anyone know why access is being denied? Is this a symptom of the malware infestation?
Thanks for any responses.
Edited by Windwardman, 27 January 2010 - 03:02 AM.