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Internet access: Admin acct fine, 1 of 2 limited users not

by billyrave9 / March 13, 2008 2:47 AM PDT

I'm running WinXP Pro with ZoneAlarm Pro (and recently added AVG, and SuperAntispyware; previously used only Ad-Aware & Spybot), with a Verizon DSL connection (no router). I was using IE6, but when I added AVG etc I also added and now use Mozilla.
My problem: my Admin account accesses the internet without problem or delay, as it has for the 4 years I've owned the machine. But my 'Power User' account recently has essentially lost the ability to load pages; it takes forever and has become unusable. I get no error messages - it just shows 'transferring' or somesuch on the status bar for minutes per page item. On a whim, I created a new 'limited user' account, and it works perfectly.
Given that there's only one copy of the OS, browser, firewall, anti-blahblah software on the machine - what would cause a single user account among three to suddenly fail?

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Could be a corrupt profile.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2008 3:22 AM PDT

Or temporary files for IE have grown too much. Microsoft has been lax on the corrupt profile issue but you can see if it's that by create a new account and testing there.

NO. There is no tool to fix a corrupt profile today. Microsoft asks us to move to a new account.

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Thanks... But....
by billyrave9 / March 14, 2008 2:02 AM PDT

I had created a new profile as a test. It worked fine. I assumed there was a 'corrupt profile' but what I'm trying to understand is what gets corrupted? And is it possible it's not the profile but some permissions conflict with the new anti-(virus/spy/mal)ware software? I had that problem the first time I downloaded an update to my McAfee virus definitions file, after which the limited user account lost internet access.

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Just so you know.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2008 2:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks... But....

Microsoft has been lax to address this issue and I decline to delve into it. Sorry but it's a deep well and I wish you the best of luck.

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