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Locked out of my Control Panel functions and desktop display

by grat22 / August 24, 2007 6:04 AM PDT

I am locked out of my control panel functions ie. add remove program etc, I have run spybot, NOD32, AVG antispyware, cwsshredder and they have turned up with windows explorer and some other items which they have fixed. I am running XP, the message I am getting is This operation has been cancled due to rescrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system admin. I can not change my desktop even. I can still use all my internet functions but my homepage has been changed to google and I can switch it but when I restart it goes back to google by default. Any suggestions or help would be great, I dont really have the time or patiance to re config my computer.

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There is spyware/malware that makes entries in the registry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2007 6:45 AM PDT

There are NUMEROUS "NO" words in this branch of the registry. I'll supply which branch in a moment. Some think the scans would remove such but that is false. The scans only remove the malware and not what it changed or added.

For example the NoChangeDesktop, NoChangeWallpaper, NoClose, NoDesktop, NoFind, NoRun and more "No" words in might be found in

What's in yours?

Please read for another lock method.


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by grat22 / August 24, 2007 9:15 AM PDT

You kinda lost me on your help there? Can you put it in non techical terms, I am kinda new at this self comp fixing. Thanks

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2007 9:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Lost

But the issue and the registry is technical. If beyond you please print my response and ask those that work on your PC to look at the items I noted.

Sadly, Windows is not a click here OS. Sometimes we have to go deep.


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Kinda have an idea
by grat22 / August 24, 2007 12:10 PM PDT
In reply to: Sorry.

Is there any step by step guide or steps out there? I can get the reg, from the run menu. Where do I go from there?

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There is one next step.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2007 1:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Kinda have an idea

That is... You navigate to the registry folder or key I noted and look for the no words I listed or any other word with No in it.

It's that simple. Sorry that I don't know of a step by step beyond that .


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No Words
by trevorjones / April 24, 2008 1:52 AM PDT

Ive got the following in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2008 1:57 AM PDT
In reply to: No Words


Prevents users from saving certain changes to the desktop. Users can change the desktop, but some changes, such as the positions of open windows or the size and position of the taskbar, are not saved when users log off. Shortcuts placed on the desktop are always saved.

Try each of those NO words at and decide if you really want them. Sorry but most of the time this is either a workplace lockdown issue or spyware.

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