Windows XP Locked with "Windows XP Startup Password"
Posted on 2014-09-25
Today I encountered an XP computer which starts up presenting a login window titled:
"Windows XP Startup Password" with a blank space to enter a password.
There are numerous references to this around. It comes as a result of nefarious "social engineering" which lets strangers into the computer.
My understanding is that they use a Windows "feature" / syskey to force the use of an additional logon password.
That's not much understanding! :-)
Anyway, I want to know an effective way to FIX this situation. I have all manner of live CDs but I haven't got the foggiest idea what to do.
What is the best recommended fix procedure?
My belief so far is that this is NOT a parasite that can be found and removed. Rather, it's a Windows setting having been made. Right?