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Unauthorised Access To My Pc


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#1 lordski1

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 06:26 AM

Can somebody help me please?

I am running Windows XP on a home PC and have a single User Account which is password protected, to prevent unauthorised access, mainly by my son, who can't appear to leave things alone, as he is always changing settings, downloading questionable files and programmes etc. Anyway, access has been gained to the PC and a second User Account set up, which I have since deleted. I believe that the Account was set up by first starting the PC in safe mode and then creating the account, thereby eliminating the need to log on using the password protected account.

Is there any way that I can prevent this happening again? I don't wish to deny access to other family members but I really don't want my kids enjoying unsupervised access to the PC in my absence.

Many thanks in anticipation.

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 07:07 AM

Change your son's account to limited user if you haven't already done so.
Adding accounts still takes admin rights whether in safe or normal mode.

Are all Admin accounts password protected including the default Administrator account that Windows installs by default that doesn't show up on the fast user switch screen or the regular login screen when you add an additional admin account?

To access the hidden administrator account you go to the control panel and click on Users.
Click "Change the way a user logs on"
Untic BOTH boxes
Click the start button - logoff - then when the logon box appears type "Administrator" without the quotation marks.

Password protect the account.

Edited by Enthusiast, 31 July 2006 - 07:17 AM.


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Posted 31 July 2006 - 08:28 AM

If he's able to bypass your security, I'd suggest more than just passwords. It seems that he knows quite a bit about computers - so the normal precautions probably won't work (password protecting the BIOS, Windows Shared Computer Toolkit, etc).

But, since he's not able to hide his tracks - you have the ability to tell when he's been doing it. How's about a few consequences on top of the tips above? It'll make it more difficult to get in - and he'll have to think about the consequences when he's doing it.
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