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Virus changed admin login password..

Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows XP and Vista' started by pleasance, Mar 30, 2011.

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  1. pleasance

    pleasance Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi there,

    I think my desktop computer got hit by a virus that somehow changed the administrator login password such that I can't log in on to my desktop anymore.
    Before this started happening windows would keep reverting back to the login screen 4 to 5 times a minute before I went to control panel, user accounts, and unchecked fast user switching.

    I've googled for answers but I'm not savvy enough to reboot from a thumb drive or use some software to reset the password or any of the suggestions I've read, so I'm guessing I will have to reformat? What are my options? I don't have the original windows xp disk.

    Please help! Thanks so much!!
     
  2. Jack

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    Pretty bad sounding. To bad you lost the Admin account, else you couldve started in safe mode and logged in. If you have no access to the computer to get rid of the virus...................................... It is not that hard to start the computer in Linux off of a flash drive. You will probably want to do this to recover any important documents before you attempt to reformat the computer.
     
  3. pleasance

    pleasance Notebook Enthusiast

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    Wow. I dont like the looks of that at all. lol.
    Besides reseting the password, your computer is bound to have numerous other issues. I also suppose you would want to use windows now?
     
  5. pleasance

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    ^^ Yes, because I'm not really familiar with any other softwares...
     
  6. linuxwanabe

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    I think that your first lesson is that setting up an Admin password is a bad idea, at least in most versions of Windows. It doesn't offer you any real security

    Second, you most likely would be able to recover your data by booting a lightweight linux distro from a thumbdrive. Google it.

    Third, stop using Internet Explorer. Use a Mozilla browser or Chrome.

    Fourth, obtain a commercial internet security software suite. Some are better than others. There's always the free Microsoft alternative, although I don't exactly have a lot of confidence in it because, after all, it's from Microsoft.
     
  7. Jack

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    Setting the admin password is a bad idea. But, whats worse, using the admin account everyday. Use a limited account everyday. Just do those two things after you are all reinstalled. I am also not sure where you are going to get the XP install, unless the computer is good enough and has drivers to support Windows 7.

    Or learn how to use Linux and be safer from viruses.
     
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    I believe I had the free AVG virus protection software installed and I was only using Chrome.
     
  9. pleasance

    pleasance Notebook Enthusiast

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    Actually, I have a friend who has a copy of the windows xp install disk. I will just reinstall the entire program... sorry if this is a dumb question, but how do I do this? Is there a "reboot from cd" option somewhere before start up?
     
  10. Jack

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    Put the CD in, and it should boot from it. You would see a "press any key to boot from CD..." than the XP disc says. If it dosen't, you will have to change some settings for it to work.
     
  11. linuxwanabe

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    Well sure, if you don't want to recover your data?
     
  12. Jack

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    He said there was nothing important. However...........

    @OP
    I do want you to think, though. There may be some important data that you should maybe recover before it is wiped away. Just try and think of any music, pictures, or other files that you need.
     
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    Repair your windows and reset the password
     
  14. Mihael Keehl

    Mihael Keehl Notebook Evangelist

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    Another roundabout way to save your information is to physically remove your HDD and connect it to another computer via USB/SATA connection and pull off files that you would like to save. Of course, make sure you have a decent Anti-Virus Program (Norton/AVG/McAffe)...
     
  15. AESdecryption

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    I agree with Mihael Keehl, but NO NORTON as it is worthless for its price. Any reliable antivirus program like Kapersky can be used. The other computer should be safe booted (was it F3 of F8 where you had the booting options), immediately start scanning the infected hard drive when it is connected.
     
  16. Mihael Keehl

    Mihael Keehl Notebook Evangelist

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    Thanks, yeah I probably should have been more clearer when I stated Norton. Anyway, I wasn't recommending buying it, just download and install the 90-trial version for the time you need it and afterwards just get rid of it.
    What's Kaspersky? Avast? I may have to start using these programs now...
     
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    I am still using Norton 360, lol...I won't renew this June and switch to Avast or something.
     
  19. JOSEA

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    IF this does not work, ^^^
    I am not sure how this thread go way off topic, but I have a program (Linux) that will reset the password. Sorry I did not see the thread sooner.
    Can someone let me know if it would be ethical to post a link to where I DL'ed it? I know it works great on XP have used it many times in a Corp environment.
     
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