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Reset/Bypass Bios Password (Recovered Stolen Computer)

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February 17, 2012 6:35:24 PM

I recently recovered a computer that was stolen from my home when I was broken into a few months ago. I now realize there is a password to get into my BIOS that I never set. What is the best way to reset/bypass this password? Also my computer is booting up extremely slow, I have Windows 7 and it hangs on Starting Windows for 5-10 minutes. What could be the causes of this?
February 17, 2012 7:07:52 PM

Normally we aren't supposed to assist with such things, but I will just hope you are telling the truth.

Try taking the battery out for 30 min and putting it back in.

Also, I would reinstall Windows because you have no idea what they did or didn't do to the computer when they had it. Not a repair, I mean a full reinstall. They could have done nothing but surf porn and download warez and gotten hundreds of different viruses on it.

For that matter they could have installed a keylogger and gave it back to you on purpose so the keylogger would email them with all the stuff you type into the computer from now on, including your passwords when you log onto banking websites.

Do yourself a favor and just blow it all away and start over.
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February 17, 2012 7:09:12 PM

This would be telling you how to bypass it. And we have no way to verify that its not you who stole it. So telling you will not happen as the one doing it would probably hit a ban for helping you to break the law. If it is your pc take it to a pc repair shop to have them help you would be my best advice. But sadly we have noway to know if you recovered it or stole it.
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February 17, 2012 7:21:49 PM

funny thing, how would the said repair shop know if it's his pc or not? bring them a receipt you purchased the computer with? :D 
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February 17, 2012 7:24:47 PM

AntiZig said:
funny thing, how would the said repair shop know if it's his pc or not? bring them a receipt you purchased the computer with? :D 



Most cops check pc repair shops and pawn shops for stolen pc's some people sell the pc as parts to a pc repair shop. So they generally have to write down the serial numbers and such. Plus before believing the person bringing it in they would call the police to verify the story.
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February 17, 2012 7:27:33 PM

zolton33 said:
This would be telling you how to bypass it. And we have no way to verify that its not you who stole it. So telling you will not happen as the one doing it would probably hit a ban for helping you to break the law. If it is your pc take it to a pc repair shop to have them help you would be my best advice. But sadly we have noway to know if you recovered it or stole it.


I definitely do feel bad about bending the rules in this case, and it kinda makes me hypocritical to give advise in this case, but it is better than how every 2nd person goes around telling people to use illegal OS licenses all the time.

If he were a thief that goes around stealing computers all the time, he probably wouldn't be in here asking about how to get rid of a BIOS password to begin with. Such people would already know how to do it or just google up the answer without trying to publicly draw attention to themselves.

Only a few times I have seen someone come in here wanting aid in learning how to do something clearly illegal out of many hundreds of threads. I never assist with those threads and if someone is thinking about breaking a real life law I almost always point it out and advise against it.

Anyway, here is hoping I don't get banned ~
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February 17, 2012 7:29:03 PM

Sorry, Tom's Hardware forum doesn't provide any guide to bypass password protection. We cannot verify if you are the legit owner.

Thanks for your understanding.
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February 17, 2012 7:30:18 PM

This topic has been closed by Nikorr
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February 17, 2012 7:33:22 PM

AntiZig said:
funny thing, how would the said repair shop know if it's his pc or not? bring them a receipt you purchased the computer with? :D 

Well, in cases like that it should be a policy to cover the repair shop, by taking down the personal information with copy of the ID or DL ....
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February 17, 2012 7:33:55 PM

Best answer selected by nikorr.
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