I've lost some admin rights. Is that due to BitDefender ?

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  1. Posts : 1,203
    Windows 10
       #11

    Try3 said:
    But the OP has not said that.

    Denis
    they mentioned losing the admin account form the login page well if they cannot reactivate it by typing the command from a admin user group then something strange is happening.
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  2. Posts : 373
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #12

    .
    Try3 said:
    Use the
    Code:
    net user
    command to confirm that the account still exists.
    Denis
    .

    Results:

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>net user

    User accounts for \\DESKTOP-P52R3T1

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Administrator <me> <me2>
    DefaultAccount Guest <a guest>
    TestColours WDAGUtilityAccount
    The command completed successfully.
    .
    Thanks
    .

    .
    Last edited by OldGrantonian; 18 May 2023 at 13:56.
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  3. Posts : 16,913
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #13

    Which was the account that used to appear on your login screen but no longer does?
    For that AccountName, run
    Net user AccountName
    and check the line in the response
    Account active
    as I suspect it is now disabled so would report
    Account active - No.


    It is unusual to use Guest accounts these days. I assume <a guest> was just your way of saying Somebody else rather than it actually being a Guest-type account. This should be clear in the
    Net user AccountName
    response in the line
    Local Group Memberships


    All the best,
    Denis
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  4. Posts : 373
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #14

    @Ghot said:
    .
    ---------------------------
    As for C:\Program Files\WindowsApps, I believe Windows itself blocks access to that folder.
    I had to use "Take Ownership" to access that folder...
    --------------------------
    .
    I also would need to use "Take Ownership".

    However, I wasn't referring to:

    C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

    I was referring to:

    C:\Users\<me>\AppData

    Thanks
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  5. Posts : 16,913
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #15

    OldGrantonian said:
    I also would need to use "Take Ownership".
    I was referring to:
    C:\Users\<me>\AppData

    Your Appdata folder should, by default, be owned by you and you should have Full control over it.
    This is all getting very messy.

    Do you have a system image from before all this hassle started?
    You could copy all your own files to an external backup drive, restore that old system image and then copy all your own files back.
    [I always make a system image of the current state before repairing things or restoring old system images. That way, I can be confident that the very worst that can happen is that I end up back where I am now.]


    Denis
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  6. Posts : 373
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #16

    @Try3 said:
    .
    --------------------
    Which was the account that used to appear on your login screen but no longer does?
    For that AccountName, run
    Net user AccountName
    and check the line in the response
    Account active
    as I suspect it is now disabled so would report
    Account active - No.
    --------------------
    .
    My laptop has already been restored to a pre-BitDefender Macrium. So, your question has been overtaken by events. But thanks anyway.

    Before the Macrium restore, I tried the entire suite of possible "Net user" variations. None of these showed the account name "SecondAdmin" (or similar).

    Thanks
    .
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  7. Posts : 16,913
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #17

    "None of these showed the account name "SecondAdmin" (or similar)."

    If it wasn't reported by the bare
    Code:
    net user
    command then it no longer existed.
    It would still have been reported even if it was disabled or corrupted.


    Denis
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  8. Posts : 23,164
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4291 (x64) [22H2]
       #18

    OldGrantonian said:
    @Ghot said:
    .
    ---------------------------
    As for C:\Program Files\WindowsApps, I believe Windows itself blocks access to that folder.
    I had to use "Take Ownership" to access that folder...
    --------------------------
    .
    I also would need to use "Take Ownership".

    However, I wasn't referring to:

    C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

    I was referring to:

    C:\Users\<me>\AppData

    Thanks



    Sorry, my bad. You can just do Take Ownership for that folder as well.
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  9. Posts : 373
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #19

    @Ghot said:
    .
    ---------------------------
    Sorry, my bad. You can just do Take Ownership for that folder as well.
    --------------------------
    .
    After the Macrium restore, I no longer need to do that. All the Admin rights that I had before BitDefender have been restored.

    I can see everything on my laptop. That includes everything in AppData. (I have Level 2 UAC set.)

    Long before iDrive was invented by Al Gore, I was using scripts such as the following to back up AppData files.

    ---------------------
    REM This bat copies files from sd to dd
    @Echo Off
    Set "sd=C:\Users\<me>\AppData\Roaming\CintaNotes\backup"
    Set "dd=D:\1SoftwareRelated\Backups\CintaNotes"
    Set "ds="
    If Not Exist "%sd%" Exit /B
    For /F "Tokens=1-3Delims=/ " %%A In ('RoboCopy/NJH /L "\|" Null'
    ) Do If Not Defined ds Set "ds=%%A_%%B_%%C"
    If Not Defined ds Exit /B
    RoboCopy "%sd%" "%dd%\%ds%" /E
    Pause
    --------------------

    That BAT file is dated 2017.

    I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the folks in this thread might not be allowed to run that file.

    Thanks
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  10. Posts : 16,913
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #20

    OldGrantonian said:
    I have Level 2 UAC set.
    Since, like so many of us, you are using an Admin account as your day-to-day user account, I believe that it is worth raising UAC to its highest level.
    I reviewed lots of malware a few years ago that claimed to be able to elevate itself to run as Admin and hence be more invasive. None of it was able to do so if UAC was at its highest setting. I've kept UAC at its highest ever since.


    All the best,
    Denis
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