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ACESS DENIED when deleting registry key

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Hi there, I am pretty sure I have a virus. I downloaded a utility program off the internet and I installed it using Total Uninstall ( https://www.martau.com/ ) . When I executed the program a black "cmd" window popped for about 200 msec and then disappeared. The utility did not open a GUI and did not provide the functionality it was supposed to. So I immediately uninstalled it using the Total Uninstaller snapshot. However, Total Uninstall reported two uninstall errors, registry entries created by the program which could not be deleted. I have tried everything under the sun to get rid of them: permission changes, etc. running as administrator etc. and nothing works. Should I be worried about this? The first registry entry shows up in regedit:



The second registry does not show up, but is shown in the Total Uninstall report:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\[email protected](Default)


I tried going in using Hirens and ran the PE registry editor, but it displays a whole lot less keys than regedit and I am not sure where they have gone.


Thanks for your help!!!




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Take ownership of the key:




Above is for win 7 but should work on other versions.


Once you are the owner you can change permissions to give your login full control.  Then you can delete the key.

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