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WindowsXP generates random passwords for login


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hyeok

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I've arrived here in Korea at my Aunt's house, and her computer is acting very strangely. It seems to place a random password for Windows XP login so that one can't log on to use the computer. And yet, the password is not there at other random times so that one can use the computer. My aunt tells me that someone who's been at her house to fix her computer insists that it is someone hacking into her computer, although i find that hard to believe. Any ideas? I'm afraid to do any banking/email from this computer at this point because im afraid perhaps there is a keylogger that is submitting info to whoever this hacker is. thanks a lot!

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EDIT: Her computer is running Korean Windows XP SP1.

Edited by hyeok, 31 July 2005 - 05:28 AM.

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I think it is more likely a corrupted SAM or SECURITY hive.


when you say that the password changes at random, do you mean that she cannot log on to her own computer at these times because her password is not accepted, but then rebooting later, she can?
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I think it is more likely a corrupted SAM or SECURITY hive.
when you say that the password changes at random, do you mean that she cannot log on to her own computer at these times because her password is not accepted, but then rebooting later, she can?

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To be more precise, she does not have a password set at all for her computer. She simply turns on the computer and presses on her name to log onto her windows account. But, windows asks for a password at random times when she turns on the computer. Of course, the computer returns to not requiring a computer some time after.
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I should also probably add that on these occasions that the password is randomly created, when one enters the wrong password, an error dialogue pops up saying something about how the server could not authenticate the password.
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