Do you know who these people were?
by MarkFlax - 5/29/12 6:19 AM
In Reply to: Answer by debdedoos
It was a scam of course, and if we knew who they were we might be able to find out more about their methods.
In any case I am a bit mystified. As far as I am aware there are only two methods of password protecting computers;
1] BIOS passwords
I doubt these can be set remotely because any remote control is extinguished when the system is restarted and it would have to be restarted for the BIOS password to be set. The BIOS password screen would be displayed immediately when turned on and certainly before any OS loads, so I can't see how such a password screen could say "XP is protected" as the BIOS knows nothing about which OS is installed.
2] Windows' Account Passwords. All Accounts are equal and none takes precedence. So on bootup and after the BIOS has done its POST, (Power On, Self Test), routine and reports, the Welcome Screen should show a list of Windows Accounts available. All of them should work and none of them can exclude others from working. There is no method of including a Master Password before allowing user account access.
Can you tell us, clearly, when this little box message appears. From turning the computer on, what do you see before this box is displayed?
Since this is XP, have you tried to boot into Safe Mode to see if the hidden System Administrator's account is displayed? If so, try that.
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