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Suddenly it wants a password!

by jrey / April 6, 2005 8:36 AM PDT

My sisters laptop, Win XP Pro/SP2 has worked for three months with no password set, just click on her name icon.
Today it wants a password entered before she can get in.
What has happened?
More importantly, what to do?
Any help much appreciated!
Jan Rey

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Could you add more information
by Steven Haninger / April 6, 2005 11:20 AM PDT

It should be displaying a username. Is it your sister's? Presuming it's not the result of some malware, you might try to use the System Restore function. You can set it back to a time when no password was required.

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A worse thought: Her
by tobeach / April 6, 2005 4:12 PM PDT

and the person now in control has entered an unknown password to prevent access! Scary thought! I would keep 'puter disconnected from the net (physically unplug) until more is known or problem cured.

. Pay the toll and get back in. has a tool that lets you back in.
Above is one suggestion from a Bob Profitt post in 11/26/03. You could use search and check other answers re: Logon : lost password. Good Luck ! Happy

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Missing part of 1st post: Her computer ...
by tobeach / April 7, 2005 4:21 PM PDT
In reply to: A worse thought: Her

has been taken over by trojan or hacker and is being held at idle to use in a DSO or other co-ordinated multi-puter attack and the person....
Sorry for the missing bit. Very paranoid sounding I know but this is how dozens of DSOs are done each year!
Best of luck!! Happy

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Strange behaviour of XP
by mjlee / April 7, 2005 6:24 PM PDT

Lord knows I'm not XP expert Happy actually I'm daily frustrated by the strangeness of it, but I had an exact same problem awhile back which eventually caused me to dismantle my entire computer and replace parts, and in the end all I had to do was press enter. Don't enter any password if none is set, just leave it empy and press enter, it worked like a charm for me. Hey sometimes trying the obvious things do work!

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