Remotely kill Vista laptop

June 24, 2009 at 18:52:38
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello, does anyone have any tips on remotely
disabling a Windows Vista laptop? We have
LogMeIn access to one of our laptops that has
been stolen and the person who stole it
doesn't know it has this LogMeIn software so
is currently using the laptop online and we can
see it in our list of computers.

The boss has asked me to go in and remotely
disable it (but not format - leave all files on
there) so that when/if we recover it through the
police, we can get back into it. It is quite easy
to recover from a changed password, so does
anyone have other options other than that (i.e.
corrupting the registry etc)

Any suggestions? I will only have a limited
time to get into it to run something before the
user may notice me moving the mouse and
shut the thing down.


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#1
June 24, 2009 at 19:20:29
I suppose you could install a nasty virus or something. Your best though it to just change the password and then get the laptop back.

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#2
June 24, 2009 at 19:54:50
Thanks for the reply. The problem with that though is the
laptop is still part of our domain, so they are using the locally
cached password (for which they know - an ex employee
stole the laptop). I think changing the password will just pop
up an error about not being able to contact the domain.

It is a Vista Business notebook and the local administrator
account doesn't have a password. I suppose I could login and
quickly change the local administrator account password and
then try and remove the laptop from the domain (even though
it won't be connected). Any other ideas are much
appreciated..


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#3
June 25, 2009 at 00:32:06
Just thought of an idea:

You could change the value of the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit to point to a non-existent file.

The next time someone tries to login, the computer will immediately log back off.

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#4
June 25, 2009 at 02:10:03
Ahhh - that registry edit is the sort of stuff i'm after - thanks very
much. I'll definitely add that one to my list to do if and when the
laptop shows back up in LogMeIn, it hasn't been used in the past
2 days unfortunately so I can't do anything, however i'm checking
a couple of times a day...

Any other suggestions?


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#5
June 25, 2009 at 06:12:44
LogMeIn is never intended to do what you wanted to do. It is just a suite of software services that provides remote access to computers over the Internet.

I hope the laptop is recovered. If not, consider replace the corporate inventory of laptops with Lenovo laptops that have Constant Secure Remote Disable embedded within the BIOS. With Lenovo notebook, all you need to do is send text message sent from a cell phone to kill it. The drawback is that for this to work the stolen or lost ThinkPad must be in range of the GSM network.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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