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Error Applying Security

An error occurred while applying security...

 
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The folder or file has one or more of these issues: It is set to read-only, it is encrypted, and/or your current logged in account does not have permissions to access the items.

 
 
   
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  Error Applying Security 

 
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  An error occurred while applying security information to:

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Access is denied. 

 
Typical location
  C:\Windows\System32\

 
Issued By
  dllhost.exe

 
OS
  Windows 7

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  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
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Remove Read-Only Attribute
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Check to see if the file is read-only.

To do this, open Explorer, locate the file, and right-click on the filename. Select properties. You will see the file attributes at the bottom of the properties dialog.

If the Read-only attribute is set, toggle the check-box off.

In rare cases, the entire folder (or drive) may be set to read-only. In these situations you may need to clear the read-only state from the drive or folder, following the steps above, but going into the properties of the folder or drive.

Before changing the read-only state on a folder or drive, consider if there were good reasons why read-only was set before clearing the flag. Also consider if another writable location would be better.

 
   
 
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Change Permissions
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In this example, we want to delete the keylogger file that resides in the system32 directory (we wish malware was so easily identified). As with most files in this directory, the permissions deny us access to the file so we can't delete it even with administrative privileges.

To change permissions or a file or folder perform the following steps:

  1. In Explorer, right-click on the folder name or file name and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Security Tab.
  3. In the Groups or user names box, select the group that fits. For example Administrators.
    solution1 screen
  4. Click on the Advanced button.
  5. Select the Group or Users who you wish to change the permissions. You may need to be an Administrator to make these changes.
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  6. Click on Edit button.
  7. Another almost identical screen appears with a few additional options (not shown). Click the Edit button again. Now you can actually make the changes necessary!
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  8. In the lower Permissions for SYSTEM box, change the permissions. For example, to provide full control, make sure a checkmark appears in the Allow column for Full Control and remove checkmarks in the Deny column if present.
  9. With the permissions set correctly, click on Ok .
  10. Within some folders (but not all) you'll get a warning message. Be sure to click Yes or your changes will be discarded!
 
   
 
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