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    ctrl+alt+del

    well i ve been always curious about this

    in 2k,XP,2k+3 and following series ask for ctrl+alt+del to login , they say that it keeps the P/W safe
    exactly how does this key combination keep the P/w safe.??

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    It's not the key combination itself, it's the actions it causes.


    IIRC, it temporarily suspends all but certain running processes or something.

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    http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000...secureboot.htm

    Pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE before logging on guarantees that the authentic Windows 2000 logon prompt appears. Requiring the use of CTRL+ALT+DELETE increases security and helps to thwart certain Trojan horse programs.
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    Pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE before logging on guarantees that the authentic Windows 2000 logon prompt appears. Requiring the use of CTRL+ALT+DELETE increases security and helps to thwart certain Trojan horse programs
    exactly how does it help to thwart torjan horse programs?

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    It suspends the system, so any keylogging program cant get your password. Or at least it helps prevent logging this.
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    in otherwords.

    alt+control+delete keypress will stop any abnormal prcesses and guaratee that the ones running (like what you put your password into) is authentic

    there is no plainer way to say it.

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    The control+alt+del key combination cannot be trapped by any program except Windows itself. Thus, enabling this setting makes sure that the box into which you are entering your password is a genuine Windows dialog box.

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    Originally posted here by cgkanchi
    The control+alt+del key combination cannot be trapped by any program except Windows itself. Thus, enabling this setting makes sure that the box into which you are entering your password is a genuine Windows dialog box.

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    that is the correct answer. On NT/w2k/xp ctrl+alt+del does NOT suspend the system, it just happens on win9x.
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    so what you actullay mean is win introduced the key combination of ctrl+alt+del on for the sole purpose of protecting the p/w's from key loggers ??is that it nothing else. M$ put it only for protection against keyloggers only , i thought it had much more to do that just keyloggers....

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    No windows did not introduce ctrl+alt+delete. The good old 3 finger salute has been around on almost every computer system i have ever touched.many many moons ago in the days of "DOS" before we had theese nice GUI's that you young wipper snappers are so used to ctrl+alt+delete was a way to reboot a computer. But it didnt bother to bring upa task manager or anything. Just a few beeps as the machine POST'ed again. AFAIK it has allways worked on UNIX based systems as well. Just alittle different. Im not sure since i juts woke up and aint thiking straight yet

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