Windows 7 undesirable log in for unauth. user

April 30, 2011 at 23:30:06
Specs: Windows 7, 4gb
I just caught someone using my computer, even though it is supposedly locked with a password via log on screen. How are they bypassing my password-"protected" log in and HOW can I disable the path they are using for good? URGENT! The computer is the only one up and running on a homebased network. The unauth. user had access to a different computer that was allowed into the network, not sure if this has any bearing but it makes me wonder.

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#1
May 1, 2011 at 06:22:33
Do you know how this person was logged in?
Check Control Panel>User Accounts and Family Safety>Add or Remove User Accounts and see what is listed there. You should typically have Your account (listed as administrator), a Guest Account (should be listed as turned off), and possibly an Administrator account (if you activated it or you are using pro or ultimate). Delete any other accounts you see, disable or delete Guest Account. Run Malwarebytes to search for keylogger or other malware that may be left behind to regain access. Change your password(s) and consider activating the high level administrator account (Google for instructions for Home Premium). If you use sleep or hibernate, activate the password for that also. Turn off remote desktop. Post back results, especially if you cannot figure out how they got in before.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
May 1, 2011 at 06:37:46
There are no active user accounts, the Guest Acct feature is still turned off. It is already set up to require pw upon 'waking up'. I changed my password but there really was no way they could have known the first one either as I don't leave stuff like that laying around. And they are not that sophisticated (I know the person ;-) ). I disabled remote desktop now. I just think it's strange that after they used the computer for HOURS, there is absolutely no trace evidence anywhere. And, believe me, I caught them 'in flagranti'! ;-)

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#3
May 1, 2011 at 15:00:55
Apparently a good actor. probably more tech than you thought. Check with Malwarebytes to be sure no surprises were left to copy your key strokes since that is about the only way they could have got the password unless they have/had a hidden camera or were watching when you did not realize it when logging on once before. As far as leaving no trace, there is Private Browsing as far as internet is concerned, and there is a program called Portable Apps that can be loaded on a flash drive that can run many programs without leaving any trace behind if they are careful.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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