Odd thing happened after logging out of my administrator settings, into another user, then back to the administrator - got a different desktop, more the default out of the (win 2k sp4) one, with the hokey 'connect to the internet' icon and everything.
The other user settings also has admin privileges (i know, may be a bad idea) and I can open the documents/settings folder, and I now see there are two "administrator" folders, one is just 'administrator' and the other one says "administrator <computername> which has nothing else in it than 'my pictures' so it would appear I'm in THAT user at the moment.
This happened when I was prompted to change the pw for a different user (the one I am in now) and for convenience, I entered the same pw as previous, which win 2k allows. When I went back to the admin user, the fun started.
I verified I'm logged in with the correct password, I tried going with an incorrect one and was prompted. So it appears to be two users, both called 'administrator' - I know, you shouldn't call them that and I ought to restrict admin privileges but hey, it's a home computer.
Can I rename the incorrect user? I can't say I've ever had to do much adding/removing of users in the past.
Security-wise, I had Norton Systemworks 2006 (I know) and had just uninstalled all the av stuff and left only Norton Utilities and Norton ghost (which I'm getting the impression, 'expires' too - I assumed it would just keep working and the av was the only subscription item....)
I have Spybot search & destroy, CCleaner, and AVG installed, I must say I got a message a day or so ago that some AVG related .exe had crashed but I've probably rebooted since then and it says it's ok. I'm currently scanning with spybot and will boot into safemode and maybe run 'stinger' for a second opinion, but nothing detected - Sophos anti-rootkit says there were hidden registry errors but said I didn't have access to them, so I assume they may be related to the admin user and I can't access them from this user?