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Weird login screen behavior from Windows 10

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Greetings Geeks,


You may be familiar with the login screen on Windows 10, the one with the rock formation that you can kind of peer through. When you hit it, the login password window opens up. Recently it's being doing weird things. Infrequently, intermittently. One of the weird things is that after you've inputted the password it reverts back to the initial rock formation shot and you have to repeat it again at which point you can successfully log on. What's that about? Weird. There's no apparent pattern to when it will happen. Another weird thing, and it just happened again this evening which is what's prompted me to check it out with you experts is that - again at logon - after inputting the password it goes to a sky-blue screen and says 'wait a moment' and then after what seems like forever it asks you to complete a security question to get a code and re-set the password - even though you yourself have not instigated a password reset! It does it by itself. So I had a bit of a search and tried to disable password expiry but you can't do that on my machine. Anyway, there was never a password expiry set - at least not by me, which led me to a fit of paranoia and a search through the system log. I share a flat and wondered if my friend had been up to no good in my absence (what else are you going to think, aliens?) but the System log is clean which seems to rule that out unless he bypassed it somehow. During the time of my absence, there were no logged logons. So it's an annoying mystery at this stage. It was only a few weeks ago that this first happened, the instigation of a new password for login, I mean and here I am again having to change it at the behest of a machine. I'd prefer to be in charge of when I reset it myself. Why would this be happening? Any ideas? Any fix? THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ANY HELP.


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Are you using a Microsoft login or a local one?  I could see a Microsoft login being attacked on one of their websites.  You wouldn't know about it but it might cause you to be locked out and need to change your password.


Let's look and see if anything looks funny in your logs:


  • Get FRST from http://www.bleepingc...very-scan-tool/You need to download the appropriate tool for your PC.  If you don't know if you have a 32 or 64 bit system get them both.  Only one will work and that's the right one.
  • Right click to run as administrator (XP users click run after receipt of Windows Security Warning - Open File). When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Check the Addition.txt box
  • Press Scan button.
  • It will produce a log called FRST.txt in the same directory the tool is run from.  
  • Please copy and paste log back here.
  • It will generate another log (Addition.txt - also located in the same directory as FRST.exe/FRST64.exe). Please also paste that along with the FRST.txt into your reply.


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