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Help needed saving registry settings

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    Help needed saving registry settings


    Hi all, I wonder if I could get some help?

    Background:

    I started to notice that google searches weren't displaying the correct results. e.g. searching for Spotify brought up loads of Spotify-related links, but not the official Spotify site itself.

    After running various checks, I found I had a fair bit of malware, which I proceeded to get rid of using malwarebytes, spybot and a couple of others.

    The issue appears to be that something managed to change my proxy settings in internet options (LAN settings, Use a proxy service...). A note at the bottom of that window would also advise me that some settings can only be changed by an Administrator (That's me!)

    Un-checking the box wouldn't work, the proxy would always be present.

    I searched online and saw others had similar issues, and someone suggested a solution that lots of people reported success with. Changing the registry setting under: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings, and changing the ProxySettingsPerUser key from 0 to 1.

    This works perfectly, until I restart my machine, and the proxy settings get added again.

    Any ideas at all how I can solve this?

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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Try doing it from the true Administrator account. See how to enable or disable admin account here:
    Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
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    Thanks for the suggestion, but just tried that, and after reboot, same again unfortunately...
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Tripledrop View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion, but just tried that, and after reboot, same again unfortunately...
    Does your version of Windows have a Policy Editor? It should show in Control Panel if so.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    What does your Proxy page look like ?

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    Charms Bar/Settings/Change PC Settings/Network/Proxy

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripledrop View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion, but just tried that, and after reboot, same again unfortunately...
    Does your version of Windows have a Policy Editor? It should show in Control Panel if so.
    I can't see one...

    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    What does your Proxy page look like ?

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    Charms Bar/Settings/Change PC Settings/Network/Proxy

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    Try---

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    Unfortunately that doesn't work... The option to save is grayed out as soon as I start changing the settings.

    The only way I seem to be able to make the changes, is to change that reg setting...

    EDIT: I guess I can't change because of the "not administrator" message:

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Don't worry about being grayed out.
    Just turn proxy off & see if your problem goes away.
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    No it doesn't, straight back on again. Please see my edited post above for the reason I think I can't change the settings...
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