Saturday, October 20, 2007

Spyware - can't use Control Panel

One of the frustrations in removing spyware is that some varieties disable the tools you might use to remove it. I ran into one of these that couldn't be removed by the usual spyware tools (see other entries). This one corrupted and blocked the Control Panel. I found that there are a few registry entries that can make or break the Control Panel. Following is how they should look in a working environment.[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]Start_ShowControlPanel=dword:00000001[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\WebView\BarricadedFolders]shell:ControlPanelFolder=dword:00000000[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartMenu\StartPanel\ControlPanel\Policy\NoControlPanel]@=[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1645522239-1580436667-1060284298-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]Start_ShowControlPanel=dword:00000002If you find that regedit is also broken here are some...

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