What is remove users?

Question

I am having two problems. First, when I logout of my user and oither users created at the same time (a couple of weeks ago just after we got cox broadband.) the screen just goes black and I can not even control/alt/delete out of it. I have to reboot. I can switch users and it works, but can not logoff. My wife created a new user account that she can logoff from.

Someone said my computer was probably infected with a cookie like virus- which is why my logoff does not work- that my McAfee would not recognize, but a spy program would. Is that true?

The other thing noted os that the administrator does not show and files are all over the place due to our attempts to put them where we wanted them. I tried the system restore to the day before I made the user changes, but the mess remains untouched.

What is the best way to get back to just the administrator setting to start all over.

I have a P4 2.4 gh computer with 533 mh fsb with 256 mb ram (which I just purchased an additional 512 strip to instal. I would like to get back to normal before making another change.).

Thanks for your help!

Ron

Answer

This question was answered on October 25, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Why you should not run your computer as an administrator Running Windows 2000 or Windows XP as an administrator makes the system vulnerable to Trojan horses and other security risks The simple act of visiting an Internet site can be extremely damaging to the system An unfamiliar Internet site may have Trojan horse code that can be downloaded to the system and executed If you are logged on with administrator privileges, a Trojan horse could do things like reformat your hard drive, delete all your files, create a new user account with administrative access, and so on.

You should add yourself to the Users or Power Users group When you log on as a member of the Users group, you can perform routine tasks, including running programs and visiting Internet sites, without exposing your computer to unnecessary risk As a member of the Power Users group, you can perform routine tasks and you can also install programs, add printers, and use most Control Panel items If you need to perform administrative tasks, such as upgrading the operating system or configuring system parameters, then log off and log back on as an administrator.

If you frequently need to log on as an administrator, you can use the runas command to start programs as an administrator.

To delete a local group

Open Computer Management

In the console tree, click Groups

Where?

Computer Management

System Tools

Local Users and Groups

Groups

Right-click the group you want to delete, and then click Delete

Notes

To open Computer Management, click Start, and then click Control Panel Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management

hope this helps,

good luck

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 25, 2004