|My friends laptop has started asking for a logon passwrd after a severe spyware issue.|
Before she didn't have to logon but now she does, she has never set up a password for this laptop.
I googled the issue and it seems that some spyware/viruses may change the registry to 'wsaupdater.exe' from 'userinit.exe' thereby asking to logon.
Various sources suggest simply copying/replacing the offending reg entry for what should be the original.
I can't do this as I've no way of getting past the logon....I logon by hitting the return key and the laptop tells me it's saving settings the logs off/shuts down.
I can't boot up in safe mode as it asks for a logon there...same issue.
I can access command prompt using various bootdisks/cd and when I do get I don't know which of my drives is the C: drive.
One source suggested using the XP cd and then access the recovery console. I'm a bit reluctant to do this as I'm not sure how to access the recovery console.
When I boot from XP CD it goes thru the checks as usual then gets to the point where it asks
'to setup xp',
'to create a partition'
or 'to delete the selected partition'
I don't get the 'welcome to windows XP' page that everybody says I should get or do I need to 'go' thru an install?
Or is there another way of getting the laptop not to ask for a logon?
Thanks in advance!!!!!