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What do you think the password is to this computer?

Asked by Dutchess_III (26698 points ) October 6th, 2013

Someone gave my daughter’s mother-in-law a lap top, and she, in turn, gave it to my daughter.

When my daughter first turned it on it told her she needed a password to log in. She couldn’t get a hold of whom ever she needed to, to find out what the password was, so she tried to break in.

There was a clue: “Can do what a spider does.”

What would your guesses be?

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glacial's avatar

Spider-Man, Spiderman, spiderman, spider-man, TheAmazingSpiderMan…

I’d go with variations on that theme. Although… technically it should be “Does whatever a spider can.” :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Nope. Man @Tropical_Willie, I tried versions of “Dreamweaver” and “The Spinners,” everything I could think of!

elbanditoroso's avatar

bite crawl

But on a more serious note… if I were the person with the laptop, I would immediately reformat the disk and install a new version of the operating system. I would assume that this person has years of private files and emails on the device, and you don’t want to carry all that baggage around.

Most laptops have the ability to hit F1 or F2 upon boot, and the open up a secret partition that allows the owner to reinstall back to factory mode. I would do that now, even before a password is figured out.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Just thought of something….will it then require another password?

johnpowell's avatar

It shouldn’t.

But if it does you can just stick in another Windows DVD and install from that. And if you don’t have a windows DVD you could always try Ubuntu.

Dutchess_III's avatar

How would she download that to her computer @johnpowell?

Seek's avatar

It’s harder than you would think to crack someone’s secret question. The one I use is a line from a Dr Seuss book, and the answer the following line. So to most people, it would appear to be an innocuous question, when really it’s a prompt to the answer.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Ah…in this case, not so hard, unless you’re like me who has to try hard to live by the KISS principal.

The password was “Spiderman.”

Tropical_Willie's avatar

OKAY, a comic book answer.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I’m glad she found it – but my advice to wipe the machine to factory is still valid.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I have the text ready to send…I’m just afraid that it’s going to lock her out or screw her up in someway that’s going to cost money to fix. Will she lose Word and all of those programs?

Seek's avatar

I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to hop onto my neighbour’s Wi-Fi. The name is ‘BlackGate’. I’ve tried every Mordor related word and phrase I can think of…

elbanditoroso's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr – have you thought about asking your neighbor directly?

Seek's avatar

Don’t know who it is.

glacial's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr It’s probably a fake out… perhaps the password is “fluffybunny” or something. Or maybe BlackKey.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Black Hawk Down.

Dutchess_III's avatar

P.S. Can I get an answer to my post up there: “I have the text ready to send…I’m just afraid that it’s going to lock her out or screw her up in someway that’s going to cost money to fix. Will she lose Word and all of those programs?”

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