How would someone infiltrate and access registry?

May 4, 2016 at 08:52:47
Specs: Windows 10
I recently ran into a virus that disabled keyboard, touchpad, and external USB mouse, leaving all else ok. I re-installed the driver for the touchpad, using keyboard shortcuts, and re-booted, but to no avail. I figured out from this article
that it was likely a registry problem. If you have another computer, you can look up what the registry setting should be, and run regedit and fix it. If you're not comfortable running regedit, and have a backup including a backup system image, you can restore from that and get around it. I did not find this fix on much of any tech support forum, so I thought I'd post it here to help others. I saw some older threads where people were struggling with this problem and no real conclusive answers.

Question to hacker people - how would someone gain access to your registry, and what can you do to prevent it?

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May 4, 2016 at 09:17:36
I'm not a hacker but it is very easy to put things into your registry using a reg file. There is no specific way to prevent this particular action, only careful browsing and the usual anti-virus programs.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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May 4, 2016 at 11:24:21
Well, that specific link would require UAC to be disabled, or for you to allow the attack by answering "yes" when the screen dimmed and the program requested to make changes to your computer.

So if that's what happened, don't do that. Chances are good it's some other problem, though.

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May 4, 2016 at 13:17:19
Assuming there's no hardware problem, the mouse/keyboard are only disabled in Windows. So all you'd have to do is boot off a Rescue Disk to remove the infection.

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