administrator hijack?


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Is it possible for a virus to hijack the administrator account?
I can not log in as administrator, it does not show up on the welcome page
and I never have used it because my personal account has had full privelages.
Now, I have limited privelages. I can not run any tools or download, etc.
 
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Shenan Stanley

Colleen said:
Is it possible for a virus to hijack the administrator account?
I can not log in as administrator, it does not show up on the
welcome page and I never have used it because my personal account
has had full privelages. Now, I have limited privelages. I can not
run any tools or download, etc.

Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition?

If Windows XP Home Edition - you have to boot into Safe Mode to access the
"Administrator" user account.
If Windows XP Professional - at the "Welcome" screen, press CTRL+ALT+DEL
twice in succession and then log in as "administrator" with whatever
password you had assigned for that account.
 
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Steven L Umbach

Sure it is especially if you were logged an as a user with administrator
credentials when the malware was installed. The built in administrator
account can not be deleted but non default users can be removed from the
local administrators group or administrators can have their user rights and
permissions changed. You can use the command net localgroup administrators
to see who is in the administrators group. See if Shenan's advice
lps. --- Steve
 

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