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j-alexander

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Hi,

Currently trying to solve a problem of smitfraud.c spyware trojan with coachwife6 and miekiemoes in thread http://www.geekstogo...15 however an additional problem has arisen - an administrator password is asked for and I don't have one.

It's a very frustrating problem (as smitfraud.c is bad enough on XP systems but with this even the xp home restore disc can't do its work).

Because of the smitfraud virus I can't currently access the normal pathways to change/remove any passwords - I can't access any operational mode (DOS or normal startup into the WIMP configuration).

Please see the thread (above) to know more about the situation, particularly the last 4 posts between myself and miekiemoes as he has already given me some suggestions.

What I need, is any default or override commands to input into the system restore console at the point where it asks for the system administrators password. If I can bypass/override this then the problem can be fixed as I can uninstall SP2 and get on with removing smitfraud.c with help from the malware specialists and the hijackthis specialists.

Please Note: Normal conditions do not apply as operating systems cannot be accessed (even MS-DOS is out of bounds).

Any suggestions will be much appreciated,

Thanks in advance,

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Murray S.

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Howdy:

Most times that password is just blank (nothing entered) or admin ..

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j-alexander

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Howdy:

Most times that password is just blank (nothing entered) or admin ..

Murray

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Very true - but this doesn't work in this case. Have a look at the thread on the malware forum. It's a frustrating problem as I've tried every password I've ever had myself aswell, and anything else I could think that microsoft could use as a default password.

Unfortunately, the problem here is more complex than usual.

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Are you typing in "admin" with the quotes or without??

Who setup your system ??

Murray

EDIT: I see where you are trying to do a System Restore?? Why are you doing this through the Recovery Console rather than just going through System Tools>System Restore??

Murray

Edited by Murray S., 04 July 2005 - 03:18 PM.

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j-alexander

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without the quotes.

I'm using the recovery console because it's my only option other than a total c:\ reformat or re-installation of windows.

I can't get as far as system tools through any means as the operating system (even MS-DOS) can't be accessed due to SP2 in conjunction with smitfraud.c blocking the operating system from starting - one huge continuous loop begins (of restarts, boots, reboots, loading, restart...).

This problem is really testing my knowledge of computers. I've been using these things for a long time (like everyone on here), but have only been trained in basic programming, operating systems etc (far less than any of the moderators on this forum). I'm a bit out of my depth with this and am totally stuck - any solutions/tips are very welcome and much appreciated.

I set up the system myself. The first user account had no password on it. And I only use a basic set of 3/4 passwords anyway (I've tried them all - none work). There have also never been any multiple accounts on the laptop - only one account (mine - the administrators) has been active.

Thanks,

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You don't need System Restore nor do you need to wipe your system..

Go to the link I am about to give you and scroll dowm until you see a How To Do A Repair Install http://www.webtree.c...pair_xp.htm#How to Repair Windows XP by Installing Over top of Existing Setup

Just follow those instructions.. You will have to re-install all your Service Packs, etc but it should leave all your programs/files intact!!

Murray

Edited by Murray S., 04 July 2005 - 04:11 PM.

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I'll give it a try tomorrow - it's too late to do anything with it here (Scotland's around 9 hours in front canada (west coast) time). Im too tired.

Thanks a lot,

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can you get to the run command at all
if not try an ntfs dos boot disc.

Edited by peterm, 04 July 2005 - 08:23 PM.

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Which OS are you running?? not too clear from your notes.

cheers woody
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Woody:

You need to read the link in his first post..

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Sorry, I am at work and cant read the first page, but if you can log into safe mode, you should be loagged in as an admin, then edit the profile. again sorry if this has been suggested before, but can't really tell if he can boot into safe mode or not.

cheers woody
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Way too expensive.

cheers woody

edit due to not seeing the price of it. I will continue to look.

Edited by woody1977, 04 July 2005 - 11:36 PM.

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Right...

peterm - Cant actually run any commands and so that couldn't be done, unfortunately.

Woody1977 - Operating system in use is Windows XP Home Edition. Safe mode, unfortunately, is inaccessible due to the combination of the smitfraud.c Trojan Spy and the installation of SP2.

Will edit this post presently as to whether the instructions left by Murray have worked. - Edit: It worked! The system repair with re-installation disc worked and I can now access the operating system and MS-DOS mode. The loop no longer goes on.

Will now be moving onto the malware/trojan removal forum to fix the problem of smitfraud.c.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions everyone,

J-alexander

Edited by j-alexander, 05 July 2005 - 10:30 AM.

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I will post you a link which will give you access to freeware tools that could reset the password for you.

http://www.petri.co....password.htm#20
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When you originally installed XP, you would have been prompted to choose an Admin password. This one is different than your admin (user)account password. On XP Pro, tap Control-Alt-Delete twice at the Windows Welcome screen and log into the REAL admin account, not your user account. On XP Home, the admin account password is often blank, and to access it you must go via Safe Mode, or you can use TweakUI from MS Powertoys to give you the option to log onto the real admin account at boot. Best of luck.
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