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A bandit with Administrator privileges

A rather interesting problem has come about on my computer. I found a new Administrator account on my system. The system is running XP Pro in my law office on a box with 256 megs of RAM and beau coup hard drive space. It's a 2+ gHz processor (Intel).

Normally, you would say, "Simply delete the account." Nope. You CANNOT delete this account. Why, you ask? Because whoever/whatever put this account on my system was too aware of that. There is no delete capabilty. Yes, I know how to delete user accounts, but there is nothing shown, except Change Password and change the picture.

I have put in a unique password that will never be figured out without a ton of work. But my question, and I have asked this in several such forums but never seem to get a good answer, is how do I REMOVE the darn account? If I cannot do it the regular way (but thy are somehow not shown), then can I delete it some other way, using regedit or whatever?

Would reinstalling XP Pro work?

I believe that this thing came via the Internet. There is no one smart enough on the cleaning crew to do this. None of my clients are computer literate enough. I think it was downloaded and activated inadvertently by a former secretary (that is why she is "former") who downloaded music off my the Internet by using my computer when I was out of the office. The name on the user account is King, if that helps.

Please advise.


Richard Bash
33 W. 10th Street - Suite LL4
Anderson, IN 46016
Tele: (765) 609-2274

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Re: A bandit with Administrator privileges

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You can try the suggested procedure from the following MSKB article:

Q281140 -" HOW TO: Disable the Local Administrator Account in Windows"


You should use the culprit account instead of Administrator account (as presented in this article).

Good Luck,


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,

T. S. Eliot

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this short cut will download a file called "delprof.msi"

as the name suggests the program is called "delete profile" and is one of Microsoft's extra tools (i think from their "XP Professional Resource Kit") - i've never used it but no doubt there will be something in "MS KBase" - this web page may also help with instructions on how to use it:-

hope this helps
PS "Zone alarm" is a good firewall program to stop those "bandits"!!

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