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#1 RevGAM

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 09:12 PM

Does anyone know if UUKeys is safe?  I locked my kids out of their computer by changing the password, then spent the next 3 weeks out of town in hospital with my wife who has cancer.  By the time I returned, I couldn't remember the password.  I tried making a bootable flashdisk using the Microsoft program that makes a bootable USB drive with WPE.
MS must've patched the flaw in W8 that allowed people to use the advanced tools to make specific changes to get in (in this case, it was suggested that devman.exe be replaced with cmd.exe so that you could then execute it from advanced tools and then change the password, but I could not get my laptop to do this as it only showed the one user account).

I just found a link http://www.uukeys.com/reset-windows-10-password.html#part2 and wondered if this would be a safe choice.  If not, does anyone else have a suggestion?


VirusTotal had two hits on the installation program itself and none on the link above.

Dr Web marked it as Trojan.MulDrop6.35423
JiangMin marked it as 
Trojan/Regrun.cxs

 

On Jotti, only Dr. Web marked it (same).


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 11:00 AM

I went to virustotal and ran a URL search on www.uukeys.com/, every entry was listed as "Clean site".

 

The website that I've seen this program suggested have good reputations, so I would be inclined to say it is not only safe to use, but a good program as well.


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 03:42 AM

That was my thought, as well, but I wanted to check with experts like you.  Sometimes programs like this that seem so great are trojans....


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 09:46 AM

It's always good to read a few reviews or ask question about applications you are not familiar with.  It's also a good idea to download the applications from the author's website.  Even then you face the possibility that third party applications will be included in the download.  For this reason it's a good idea to use the custom installation option.  If you use the recommended method it will automatically install all of the third party applications along with the application you wanted initially.  If you use the custom option you will have the opportunity to read through each application offered and the choice to install the applications. 


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 09:53 AM

Thanks, I'm aware of those tips.

It turns out that UUKeys is only of use if you BUY it.  The trial version can boot you into the menu they show, but you can neither create a new account, nor reset your password.  I've found references to a few other programs to reset the password, but I'm wary.

 

I found an article on PCWorld about resetting your password by replacing Sticky Keys (I wrote above devman.exe, but that is wrong) with cmd.exe.  Unfortunately, to do that you have to have the password you forgot in order to use the CLI (command mode) in advanced tools!

I had a spot of bother with both this and MS's ADK WinPE USB boot disk.  They just wouldn't boot up.  The instructions on the page I was using neglected to mention that I would have to turn off secure boot, switch from UEFI to CSM and even try turning off USB 3.0.  Since UUKeys didn't work, and I figured out how to make the USB drive boot, I'm now trying to locate the previous set of instructions.  I will advise if I get this figured out.


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 10:19 AM

I'm guessing that without this password you can't boot into Windows?

 

Is this computer used primarily by the kids?

 

If it is and there isn't a great deal of important data on it you could just reinstall the operating system.


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 12:12 PM

I assume this will work for other versions of Windows - at least Vista, 7, 8 and 10.  I did this on W8.1.  Sorry if anything is unclear.  It's late and I'm tired, so feel free to ask questions.

 

STEP 1:  Make a bootable USB flashdrive/CD/DVD
Do this on a separate computer. In case it's not obvious, you'll need to use that computer (which is not malware-infected) to create the bootable drive (or disc), preferably a flash disk as it's not always possible to boot a USB hard drive.

 

In order to get access to your password, you need access to the command prompt.  But, to do that, you either need a password reset drive/disc made within Windows (oops, I bet most people don't even know they can make one!), you need a bootable drive with a 3rd party password recovery/reset program, or a bootable USB drive.  Not having the former, and not knowing which 3rd-party apps are trustworthy, I chose the third option.  You could also create a bootable CD/DVD, but this wasn't an option for me.

 

The reason for the bootable device/disc is that you cannot access the command prompt in the Troubleshooting>Advanced options screen - accessing it normally (via the repair menu) will just result in you banging your head because you don't have the password for the account *unless you have access to a different account on the same computer, in which case you can jump to STEP 4 and skip STEP 5.*

 

Microsoft supplies the instructions to create the WPE bootable USB drive/CD/DVD (do it all, including downloading and installing the ADK), then go to the next step below.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825109.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

 

STEP 2: CHANGE YOUR BIOS SETTINGS

Note: Unfortunately the MS article above (which is no longer maintained) said nothing about changing from UEFI to CSM for your boot drive, disabling secure boot, or even disabling USB 3.0 (although it does suggest avoiding USB 3.0 ports) - but you may not have to do all three.  I had to fiddle with it - the first time I turned off all three, it didn't work, but after turning them on and off, I was able to get my flash disk to boot up.

 

NOTE: You'll need to get into BIOS (your system settings) to turn those 3 things off.  You'll also need to change your boot order to USB first or, if your system allows it, select which device to boot from just once (e.g.: on a Toshiba Satellite, you press f12 and it allows you to choose which device, enter setup (BIOS), or even recovery).

 

STEP 3: BOOT THE USB DRIVE/CD/DVD

Once you've got your system set to boot from your USB drive, insert it and boot up to it.  From there, Windows PE should load right into the command prompt, which allows you to create the temporary access point explained below.
 

STEP 4: CREATE AN ACCESS POINT

One choice is to replace utilman.exe (Ease of Access).  http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/reset-password-windows-8.htm  (steps 1-4 only)
An alternative to the copying of utilman to C: would be to just rename utilman.exe to utilmanold.exe or something else ("rename utilman.exe utilmanold.exe"), then copy cmd.exe as utilman.exe ("copy cmd.exe utilman.exe").  I think this is easier.  Later (after changing your password!), do NOT forget to change things back!

 

STEP 5: CHANGE YOUR BIOS SETTINGS BACK TO NORMAL

Once you're done close the command prompt and pull your flash drive out (actually, once the command prompt appears, you can remove your USB drive).  Your system should reboot, and then you'll need to get back into your BIOS (pre-Windows basic system settings), which varies depending on the maker of your computer.  Turn USB 3.0 on, UEFI, too, and then you can turn on secure boot after that (it's dependent on UEFI), and change your boot drive back to your normal setting (your C: drive/main hard drive).

 

STEP 6: REBOOT

Restart your computer so that your real Windows loads to the login screen.

 

STEP 7: ENTER THE COMMAND PROMPT

Once you're at the login screen, you click on the Ease of Access icon, which will open the command prompt you prepared in STEP 4.

 

NOTE: If you never turned off Sticky Keys in your control panel, then you could have chosen Sticky Keys as your temporary access point.  You'll have changed that file in STEP 4, with the filename being "sethc.exe" instead.  Press shift 5 times at the login to enter the command prompt.

 

STEP 8: CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD :)

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/reset-password-windows-8.htm  (steps 7-8 only)

 

 

STEP 9: LOG IN WITH YOUR NEW PASSWORD :)

 

STEP 10:  OPEN THE COMMAND PROMPT IN ADMINISTRATOR MODE

How you do this varies depending on which version you use.  It may be from the search programs and files box in the startup menu in W7 (type "cmd"), or by clicking on the search icon in the start menu of W8 (type "cmd"), or something else (like using the run box in older version in administrator mode).  You'll then need to right click on the program and left click on "run as administrator" - if you do not, you will be unable to complete the next step!

 

STEP 11:  GET RID OF THE TEMPORARY ACCESS POINT (EASE OF ACCESS OR STICKY KEYS)

Either http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/reset-password-windows-8.htm  (step 11 only).  Don't forget to change "sethc.exe" if that is what you used before instead of "utilman.exe"!

 

or (do not do both the above and the below! Do what matches what you did in STEP 4.)

 

Once it is open, move to the correct directory -  type: "cd c:\windows\system32".  It should change the directory shown in the prompt.

Get rid of the command prompt file - type: "del utilman.exe" or "del sethc.exe" depending on which you used.

Rename the real file (utilman.exe or sethc.exe)" ren utilmanold.exe utilman.exe" or "ren sethcold.exe sethc.exe" depending on which you used.  If it doesn't let you, like it didn't on my laptop, then replace "ren" with "copy".

Close the command prompt.

 

STEP 12:  MAKE A PASSWORD RESET FLASHDISK

Get a USB flashdisk you have no use for (but it must still function!).  It doesn't have to be very big.  Keep it in a safe place so that when you forget your password again, you'll be able to reset it more easily than this.
VISTAhttps://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/959061

W7http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1904.create-a-windows-7-password-reset-disk-and-use-it-to-reset-a-lost-password.aspx

W8http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/create-password-reset-disk/874e4fb6-e16c-4f7e-aa90-9e5bc7d1bd9d

W10http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-security/create-password-reset-disk-for-windows-10/816dbe42-bdfb-4074-b844-41bf8ba270a3

 

I hope that this information is clear enough and helpful to others who have lost their password. :)

 

 

NOTE ABOUT ACCESSING ADVANCED OPTIONS:  A faster way to access the Advanced Options screen is by holding down shift while choosing restart from the Windows login screen.  This is actually faster than pressing f8 to access the repair menu first, at least on my laptop.


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 12:14 PM

I'm guessing that without this password you can't boot into Windows?

 

Is this computer used primarily by the kids?

 

If it is and there isn't a great deal of important data on it you could just reinstall the operating system.

Boot into, yes.  Log into, no.

 

Yes.

 

True, but I abhor the waste of time and potential loss of data. :)  That's why I haven't reinstalled it (since June), and now my instructions in the previous message are proven - I'm back in! :)

Thanks for your help!


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 01:08 PM

I'm glad this worked for you.  Happy computing. :thumbup2:


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Posted 20 August 2016 - 05:37 AM

Honestly, I'd say this is a better solution than the Windows password reset flashdrive because it works on most Windoze computers, instead of just the one computer it was created for - if you know enough to be able to do what I did.  For a novice, I imagine it would be intimidating.


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Posted 01 September 2016 - 08:36 PM

UUKeys, iSeepassword, iSunshare, iSumsoft, asunsoft  are actually the same password recovery software from a single developer, but with different brands and website to promote. The GUI interfaces of these tools are almost the same. Do not use the software depend on spam advertising.



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Posted 02 September 2016 - 09:13 AM

UUKeys, iSeepassword, iSunshare, iSumsoft, asunsoft  are actually the same password recovery software from a single developer, but with different brands and website to promote. The GUI interfaces of these tools are almost the same. Do not use the software depend on spam advertising.

Thanks for the info!


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 02:05 AM

UUKeys, iSeepassword, iSunshare, iSumsoft, asunsoft  are actually the same password recovery software from a single developer, but with different brands and website to promote. The GUI interfaces of these tools are almost the same. Do not use the software depend on spam advertising.

 

 

Hey,  angela0, You're a sick competitor! !!  Maliciously attack UUkeys everywhere  !  !  !   A small person !! 


Edited by Dannly, 29 December 2016 - 02:05 AM.


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 08:06 AM

 

UUKeys, iSeepassword, iSunshare, iSumsoft, asunsoft  are actually the same password recovery software from a single developer, but with different brands and website to promote. The GUI interfaces of these tools are almost the same. Do not use the software depend on spam advertising.

 

 

Hey,  angela0, You're a sick competitor! !!  Maliciously attack UUkeys everywhere  !  !  !   A small person !! 

 

 

FWIW:  Your intro states that you came here "to learn".  I would consider this a first, important lesson, if I were you.

 

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 06:10 PM

Hi Dannly! I do apologize for my previous opinion that is completely wrong, and I am retracting my previous post.
So I wish it won't influence other people to make their own choices.
I've tried the latest version of UUKeys on Windows 7 and it worked like a charm!
Thank you for offering this great program at a low cost!

Regards,
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