can a key logger program steal admin password when you install program from limited user account

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by someone@somewhere.com, Feb 20, 2011.

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    I have admin and limited user account on my PC. I always run in
    limited user account, except when installing program and doing other
    system maintenance work.

    In limited user account, when I install a program, it will pop up a
    dialog to ask for admin password.

    Suppose that under limited user account, I by mistake downloaded
    virus/trojan, can this virus/trojan/key logger steal the admin
    password when I try to install a program?

    I know that I'll be safe if I switch to admin account to do the
    installation.

    And yes, there is a possibility that the virus will change the program
    I want to install. Let's ignore this possibility for now.

    I am running Win7.

    Thanks.
     
    , Feb 20, 2011
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  2. Re: can a key logger program steal admin password when you installprogram from limited user account

    wrote:
    > I have admin and limited user account on my PC. I always run in
    > limited user account, except when installing program and doing other
    > system maintenance work.
    >
    > In limited user account, when I install a program, it will pop up a
    > dialog to ask for admin password.
    >
    > Suppose that under limited user account, I by mistake downloaded
    > virus/trojan, can this virus/trojan/key logger steal the admin
    > password when I try to install a program?
    >
    > I know that I'll be safe if I switch to admin account to do the
    > installation.
    >
    > And yes, there is a possibility that the virus will change the program
    > I want to install. Let's ignore this possibility for now.
    >
    > I am running Win7.


    Deja Vu.
     
    FromTheRafters, Feb 21, 2011
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  3. On Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:11:38 -0500, wrote:

    > I have admin and limited user account on my PC. I always run in
    > limited user account, except when installing program and doing other
    > system maintenance work.
    >
    > In limited user account, when I install a program, it will pop up a
    > dialog to ask for admin password.
    >
    > Suppose that under limited user account, I by mistake downloaded
    > virus/trojan, can this virus/trojan/key logger steal the admin
    > password when I try to install a program?
    >
    > I know that I'll be safe if I switch to admin account to do the
    > installation.


    I can't believe that you'd be safe.

    > And yes, there is a possibility that the virus will change the program
    > I want to install. Let's ignore this possibility for now.
    >
    > I am running Win7.
    >
    > Thanks.


    The best path I see is to obtain a bootable antivirus CD or DVD and boot
    from it to clean your system. *Before* doing *anything* else.

    --
    Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 21, 2011
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