i did some research online and have reset the jumpers on the MB with no changes. When in the bios/cmos settings, the Supervisor password IS accessible and NOT set up; the User password is "grayed-out" and cannot make changes to that setting. I have removed the hard drive and connected it to my main pc via a docking station for reading it as a usb drive, ran malwarebytes and found/removed several I:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\bar\1.bin\...dll files and one I:\Windows|System32\f3PSSavr.scr .
Before i replace it in the original system, i wanted to know if i can possibly change the admin password some way by accessing the files on the *usb-ed* drive? I have attempted the system restore and Last Known Good Configuration.. nothing changed.
i am not an expert, but know my way around computers pretty well. Any guidance is greatly appreciated!
HP Pavilion a6244n
500gb Hitachi Deskstar hdd
Vista Home Premium SP1
Please let me know what other information you might need to help me with this conundrum!
*** UPDATE!!*** i just ordered recovery software from HP i am going to start over with this pc!
Edited by dbkate, 16 November 2010 - 11:23 AM.