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Boots Straight To My User Profile

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#1 batya7


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Posted 24 April 2006 - 10:59 PM

I have Dell Dimension 3000 with Win XP SP2 Professional at the office. I am user 85% of time.

Normally when I boot up, it comes to a screen with a list of the user accounts (2 with Admin privileges, me and the systems person, and 1 Guest). Both Admin accounts have passwords. However, it boots up and goes straight into my personal user account. I didn't change the PW or settings. This problem just started recently...all of a sudden. I didn't see anything applicable on Microsoft Knowledge Base.

I don't want any of our non-computer skilled personnel at the office to be able to use my computer and mess up the computer. That's why I put a PW on it in the first place. I don't want auto-login.

Yes, I ran Ad-Aware, Spybot, Spyware Blaster, Microsoft AntiSpyware. Have Trend Micro PC-cillin, Mailshell AntiSpam. All settings current.

Any suggestions?
Thank you very much!
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#2 Herk


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Posted 24 April 2006 - 11:30 PM

Go to Start -> Run and type in:

control userpasswords2

Check Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer

Here is an article on how to set user passwords.

Keep in mind that if you forget your password or it becomes corrupted, you won't be able to get into your machine. There is a utility to create a password reset disk. You can make it and hide it in a safe place. (Like, take it home with you and store it, then if you can't get into the machine because you forgot your password, you can use the disk to boot the machine and change the password.)

Here are some tips on setting up accounts.

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 11:45 PM

One suggestion -
Surfing the internet with an account that has administrator rights gives any malware or viruses that might be downloaded while using that account administrator rights as well.

The best thing to do is set up a limited account to use for browsing the net.

Also - settings like the one you mentioned do not change by themselves.
Something caused them to change.
I suggest updating and running a deep scan with your resident AntiVirus program and whatever adware - spyware - malware aps you have.

Then run several of these online scans using Internet Explorer:
Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these as they require ActiveX to function.)
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
File scanner and virus scanner

Panda Activescan

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Avast Online scan

F Secure online scan

Trojan scans
Sygate Trojanscan

Windows Security Trojanscan
See instructions for it here:

#4 Herk


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Posted 25 April 2006 - 10:19 AM

Also - settings like the one you mentioned do not change by themselves.
Something caused them to change.

Like other users with admin priveleges.

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