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    Hello guys, I have a very strange problem. Instead of hiding my login password with bullets, my Windows XP shows it in plain vanilla text during login. I tried the Process Explorer from SysInternals and the Rootkit revealer, none of them shows anything obvious.

    I've also rebooted my PC, the problem persists. Any ideas? I don't know what I should google for...

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    What is your patching state like?

    Do you have an up-to-date AV running? How about sypware...have you gone through the steps to see what might be installed?

    I've not heard of this, and a google search for "Windows XP Not Masking Passwords" brings up a lot that isn't nearly filtered enough, yet.
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    Is this XP Pro or Home

    Are you in a home evironment or work???

    MLF

    Edit> looks like its related to some password recovery tool....sound familar???
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    Hi Folks, thanks for your replies! I'm running Windows XP Pro and don't have a virus scanner running. I used to run Norton Antivirus but it kept slowing down my system to a crawl... Can you recommend one? I've tried Spybot Search & Destroy 1.4 with the most current updates, it only found tracking cookies from HitsLink and WebTrends live.

    I have Service Pack 2 installed and cannot remember having installed some kind of password recovery tool lately...

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    Howdy.

    Are you using the default login screen, the blue one that says welcome?
    If so then you've been hit with a trojan that puts up a fake welcome screen thus your password is seen in plain text, and then stored. Once you connect to the internet it sends your credentials via email.


    cheers
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    Could be. Any ideas where I could find it? And how to get rid of it? Does it have a name, so I could research a bit about it?

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    The most important thing here is to know if you system is patched. It doesnt matter if you have an anti-virus or firewall you system can still be hacked into if you dont patch it. Go to windows update and update it now. ONLY HAVING SERVICE PACK 2 WILL NOT HELP PROTECT YOUR SYSTEM

    Second thing if your system is patched, then do you use admin account to surf the net ? If yes, then its bad. you must never use the administrator account, if you must then use it with DropMyRights

    Get more information here :

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/security/s...re11152004.asp

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/security/s...re01182005.asp

    Anyway get an online scan done at housecall or even at microsoft. Remember to disable system restore before you do this.
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    Well I guess it depends on your hardware...such as memory cpu harddrive speed and conflicts with other apps on how an av would affect your system

    Maybe someone else has installed a password recovery tool amongst other things on your system..

    MLF
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    The most important thing here is to know if you system is patched. It doesnt matter if you have an anti-virus or firewall you system can still be hacked into if you dont patch it. Go to windows update and update it now. ONLY HAVING SERVICE PACK 2 WILL NOT HELP PROTECT YOUR SYSTEM
    Strong local security policies can prevent this type of occurence, with or without patches.

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    Strong local security policies can prevent this type of occurence, with or without patches.
    I'm not trying to start a fight here because you are correct... But... How many times, in how many threads, are you going to use _exactly_ the same sentence without expanding on it sufficiently to be of use? It's beginning to get tiring on these old eyes....
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