I'm helping a friend who was unfortunate enough to take the call from the scammers and they got him a beauty. Even managed to suck $5k out of his bank while still on the phone to him. Poor bugger - anyway now to undo the crap those mongrels did. Here are the improtant bits.
Windows XP Home edition
After boot up but before getting to the desktop a little box pops up labelled "Windows XP Startup Password". Inside it says "This computer is configured to require a password in order to start up. Please enter the Startup Password below."
I've tried to do a recovery from the XP boot disk but that didn't work. Bought windows password key resetter program but no joy there. Went in through safe mode but still got the same little box. I'm thinking that a clean wipe might be the only fix but I thought I would throw it out there for the masses to shed some light on this issue.
Hope someone can help. Cheers.