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Registration Hacked?

By wareid ·
My friend just discovered that the registration on her PC has been hacked, and changed from her name to just "not you, no longer". How can she fix this? Can the hacker get back in and control her software too?

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Once compromised...

by gralfus In reply to Registration Hacked?

Let's assume this PC was compromised via the Internet and not by someone with physical access. Once a system has been compromised, pretty much anything can be done. This person decided to be obvious about it, others will just lie there watching private information go by and harvesting credit card numbers, social security number, passwords to email and websites, and so on.

I would wipe and reload the computer (using DBAN to really wipe it). Follow standard security for any computer connected to the Internet: have a router between your computer and the Internet, don't download toolbars and smileys and other spyward-laden crap, have an up-to-date antivirus, install anti-spyware utils like Ad-Aware and Spybot and use the immunize function, don't open emails from people you don't know, don't open email attachments that are executable, etc.

Most geek-types consider this stuff common sense, but the vast majority of people using computers have *no* understanding of what can be done to them over their Internet connection. I'm thinking of doing brownbag type classes to try and educate employees where I work, or maybe even a community college 1-day class.

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Is it possible that a virus changed the registered owner?

by NI70 In reply to Registration Hacked?

Many years ago I've seen this happen to a Windows 95 or 98 system. The user had gotten a virus that changed the computer's registered owner. I'd do as gralfus suggested, but go another step or two further.

You don't state what version of Windows your friend has. It it's Windows XP, download Ultimate Boot CD for Windows at You'll need a Windows XP CD, either SP1 or SP2, a CD burner/software to create the boot CD. This ultimate boot CD has numerous applications, such as antivirus, SpyBot S&D, CD burning software, and so on. Great CD to have in one's toolkit!

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