Hi folks, new to the forum. I wish I had been here on this forum before this happened but I may have something more insidious. I too got the same pop up window re: userinit.exe [I’m on update 2007-12-18 13:33:48]. First I said delete the files & Windows didn’t seem to be totally right. So, I restored the system to a prior time and all was fine but still got the warning. I then tried the option of not deleting them. I should mention here that I was in the process of an upate to a newer version of Kaspersky AV. I encountered a problem with the install [which I think KAV has pinpointed the problem as a Zone ALarm issue] & had to restart. Once I restarted, my system comes up to the log on screen. Trouble is that I don’t use a password so this screen does not normally come up, the machine just goes directly to Windows. I was unable to get in so I started Windows in safe mode. This time the log on screen came up but with an “administrator” account in addition to my name. I have never set up an administrator account on this machine. I am totally locked out of the machine unless I can find a way around this log on screen. Clicking on the avatar does nothing. I’m thinking that someone got on my system by way of a trojan and locked me out. Am I right in my thinking or did I ■■■■■ up something when I was dealing with the false positive & Kaspersky thing? Hope someone has an answer.
Found this online somewhere:
You can easily change or wipe out your
Administrator password for free during a Windows XP Repair. Here’s how
with a step-by-step description of the initial Repair process included
1. Place your Windows XP CD in your cd-rom
and start your computer (it’s assumed here that your XP CD is bootable – as
it should be - and that you have your bios set to boot from CD)
2. Keep your eye on the screen messages
for booting to your cd Typically, it will be “Press
any key to boot from cd”
3. Once you get in, the first screen will
indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.
4. When you get to the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press ENTER to
Setup Windows now
5. The Licensing Agreement comes
next - Press F8 to accept it.
6. The next screen is the Setup screen
which gives you the option to do a Repair.
It should read something like “If one of the following Windows XP installations
is damaged, Setup can try to repair it”
Use the up and down arrow keys to select
your XP installation (if you only have one, it should already be
selected) and press R to begin the Repair process.
7. Let the Repair run. Setup will now check
your disks and then start copying files which can take several minutes.
8. Shortly after the Copying Files stage,
you will be required to reboot. This will happen
automatically – you will see a progress bar stating “Your computer will
reboot in 15 seconds”
9. During the reboot, do not make the mistake
of “pressing any key” to boot from the CD again! Setup will resume automatically with the
standard billboard screens and you will notice Installing Windows is highlighted.
10. Keep your eye on the lower left hand
side of the screen and when you see the Installing Devices progress
bar, press SHIFT + F10. This is the security
hole! A command console will now open up giving you the potential for
wide access to your system.
11. At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. Voila! You have just gained graphical
access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel.
12. Now simply pick the account you need
to change and remove or change your password as you prefer. If you want
to log on without having to enter your new password, you can type "control
userpasswords2" at the prompt and choose to log on without being asked
for password. After you’ve made your changes close the windows, exit the
command box and continue on with the Repair (have your Product key handy).
13. Once the Repair is done, you will be
able to log on with your new password (or without a password if you chose
not to use one or if you chose not to be asked for a password). Your programs
and personalized settings should remain intact.
All this assumes that you have a windows install disk or can do a repair from your disks. If that is not true, you should look for utilities online that will show you your passwords. I have seen ones that can show you the Log on passwords. You will need to create a cd to do this, so you will need access to a computer where you can download and make a cd.