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As of yesterday, suddenly if my external drive (300g usb drive) is connected while I'm booting, I get locked out of my computer - winxp (sp3) comes up with the logon screen and asks me for a password for my user name (also admin) but there is none. so I just click thru and it says it can't continue because it needs a password. so I turn off the computer (or simply restart), disconnect the "g" drive and it loads just fine. then I can reconnect the drive and have access to it, if I want. I was running norton a/v but it didn't find anything. I unloaded and installed avg virus and it didn't find anything either. I mostly use the g drive to store files - photos, docs, movie fies, extra font files, there are a few executable files (like cab file backups of files for my cel phone) but I run NO programs from. I've gone back to a previous restore point, cleaned & compacted my registry, so I have no idea what this is. could it be some corruption on the hard drive or something damage on the computer side when the drive is connected? but it sure smells like a virus - but why reside on an external drive?
There's a lot of malware out there these days that will slip past your AV, or get inadvertently installed when you download or install something else. The best program for scanning for this stuff at the moment is Malwarebytes AntiMalware, available for free download from www.malwarebytes.com. Download and install it, update it, and then scan your system. You should allow it to fix any problems it finds..
This problem you are describing, however, sounds like something that could be caused by a corrupted user profile. Here's a link to an MS article that might help you, and another at Kelly's Korner.. Also see this link, and consider googling logon problem + corrupt user profile + password.
You mention that you cleaned the registry, and that sets off some warning bells in my mind. Registry cleaners are known to have caused a lot of problems by cleaning areas where things were best left alone...see this article.
If you want to check the hard drive, you could run chkdsk after you get logged on...see here and here.
I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
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