HolidayBuyer's Guide

Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

someone has hijacked my computer; someone else is now the administrator

by bowneline / April 1, 2004 5:39 AM PST

I think someone has hijacked my computer. First, everything began running really slow, including the internet. Second, anit-virus software either would not open, or shut itself down shortly after starting. Third, everytime I try to open a program the computer asks me whether I want the program to "run as" the administrator or my own account. If I try to run it as the administrator, it asks for a password that I do not know. Fourth, if I try to sign onto the internet, it says that only the administrator has the ability to connect to the internet and that the current user does not have access. I am not sure how to rememdy the situation. I have unplugged all of my outgoing and incoming internet cables. Please help.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: someone has hijacked my computer; someone else is now the administrator
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: someone has hijacked my computer; someone else is now the administrator
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
The "I've lost my admin" account issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2004 6:13 AM PST
Collapse -
Thanks
by bowneline / April 8, 2004 6:59 AM PDT

Thank you. I was finally able to solve the problem!

Collapse -
Tell us what
by tcantrelln / April 14, 2004 10:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Did the trick???

Collapse -
Re:The
by jehrico76 / April 13, 2004 6:17 PM PDT

I have a question, and I really, really don't mean this in a disrespectful manner. But why is it that lostpassword.com is always given as advice on here, when there are well known freeware utilities out there that will get you back into Windows? Granted, lostpassword.com's software will do much more than that, but in this particular case, it doesn't provide any additional benefit. I've seen in mentioned on this board several times. Do you guys get kickbacks from that company or something, or do you have a policy about advertising certain utilities or anything like that? Again, I don't want to come across wrong here, I'm not blasting, but rather very curious, as I would not recommend lostpassword.com myself to anyone who simply doesn't know the local administrator password on their machine. I'm sure you guys have a good reason.

Collapse -
My answer. It's like this. Not a safe tool.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 13, 2004 9:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Re:The

"I have a question, and I really, really don't mean this in a disrespectful manner. But why is it that lostpassword.com is always given as advice on here, when there are well known freeware utilities out there that will get you back into Windows?"

The freeware utility is not an assured fix plus it has been known for some to lose all the drive contents. Seems it need work. As such, how can I (with my little red "m") offer it?

"Granted, lostpassword.com's software will do much more than that, but in this particular case, it doesn't provide any additional benefit. I've seen in mentioned on this board several times. Do you guys get kickbacks from that company or something, or do you have a policy about advertising certain utilities or anything like that? Again, I don't want to come across wrong here, I'm not blasting, but rather very curious, as I would not recommend lostpassword.com myself to anyone who simply doesn't know the local administrator password on their machine. I'm sure you guys have a good reason."

I wrestled with that too. I don't point to some vendor unless in response to some inquiry. And I have no ties, past or present with the few I mention except I or someone else has done prior business with them. The Forum policy allows me to offer a direct response to a vendor and product, but not to "top post" as some advertisement for such.

In short, if the freeware didn't have that risk factor plus had a near spotless record, I would indeed note it. But it doesn't.

Bob

PS. Full disclosure. Two years ago CNet sent me a coffee cup during December. If this is kickback, it's not worth it.

PPS. What I'd really reccomend. A Knoppix CD to boot and copy off the files before any repairs...

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2017

Cameras that make great holiday gifts

Let them start the new year with a step up in photo and video quality from a phone.