Something along those lines. Anyway, I ended up fixing the problem by using regedit to edit the permission settings of the MSFS folder. However, I was still getting the error except this time the registry location ended at OptionalComponents so I edited the permission settings of that too until I could finally uninstall the [bleep] Reader without the error. Needless to say, I edited quite a few permissions. I was following advice from this official Adobe support page: http://kb2.adobe.com...329/329137.html
Unable to access key within HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\OptionalComponents\MSFS. Log in as Administrator.
However, I cannot remember to which folder I had stopped messing with the permissions.
I had another program try to access C:\Documents and Settings\A2Z\Local Settings\Application Data\Equilab\info.ini and was hit with a
Encountered a sharing violation when accessing info.ini
Also, when I open msconfig (mainly to disable/enable startup entries) and end up going over the services tab (either by clicking it by accident or what have you), as soon as I press Okay to confirm things, it will give me an Access Denied error:
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 run Windows XP with one account, no guest accounts, but there is an Administrator when I boot in 'Safe Mode'. If anyone has this setup, let me know what the default is in the 'Group or user names' when you access the Permissions settings by right-clicking each of these in regedit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\OptionalComponents\MSFS. Please see the above Adobe link for details on what I had altered.
If anyone has any other solution or idea how I may have got this to happen let me know. After all, I have been running these malware scans all day (OTL, ComboFix, DDS, you name it), perhaps one of them could have changed some registry settings?
Last thing: does anyone know where MSCONFIG is located in the registry? Maybe that will help as to whether or not the permission settings effected it. It could only have affected it if MSCONFIG is located within or somewhere along the way of: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\OptionalComponents\MSFS.