When accessing "Internet Options" for Internet Explorer 8, the "Advanced" tab has been hijacked by some sort of malware that inserts some restrictive policies on the Advanced Tab which is highlighed in gold that reads :
"Some settings are managed by your system administrator"
(same message at the bottom, but on the Advanced tab in my case)
I've cleaned-up most of the malware, because the machine already had an anti-virus app & multiple anti-malware apps installed.
AVG 2011 was installed, but was out of date on it's definitions and version.
Spybot, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, Windows Defender, Rootkit Buster, & Hitman Pro (which will not run without a successful internet connection) were installed also.
I couldn't update the applications, but most of them were updated about a week ago before the problem existed.
I ran all of the apps, but not much was found in terms of malware because the machine was "worked on" before I started working on the problem.
I removed and replaced the winsock keys in the registry, ran winsockfix, and looked for but couldn't find the restrictive policies reg keys for the Advanced tab in the IE 8 as well.
I re-registered the DLLs for IE 8 and reset the default options several times, but the message highlighted in gold at the bottom won't go away and I still can't establish an internet connection.
I was also going to unistall IE 8 and re-install it... but IE 8 must have been installed prior to the install of SP3, which apparently removes the button in "Add/Remove Programs" to uninstall IE 8 if IE 8 was installed before the SP3 update.
Oh, and the Windows Firewall will not and can not be turned on... I've tried many of the suggestions that are availabe to restart the service, but none of them are successful.
Any suggestions on what I'm missing here, or what else I might be able to try ?
I guess the priorties are :
1) Remove the "Some settings are managed by your system administrator" issue.
2) Re-establish an internet connection.
3) Re-enable the Windows Firewall.
This post has been edited by Richhs: 01 February 2011 - 05:36 PM