How to Remove a Syskey Password


Syskey is a specific kind of computer spyware, which when attempting to remove by selecting it, a window will appear asking for a password. It is important to remove this file because it can quickly spread and infect multiple programs. It is programed as a .dll file, which is used by multiple programs and contains information in the systems registry.

  • Locate the syskey.dll file. Do this by Selecting "Start," "Search" and "All files and folders." Type in syskey.dll into the search bar. Once the file is found, place the cursor over the file. The file's path will be displayed. Copy and paste the path into a word processor or write it down. This path will be used later when removing the file.

  • Click "Start" again and select "Run." This will bring up a small window. In the search bar of the window type "cmd" and hit "Enter." This will bring up the command prompt window.

  • Type "cd," leave a space, then type or paste the path of the syskey.dll file and hit "Enter." This will bring up a window which will allow you to remove syskey from the registry. Do this by typing in the syskey file's path, followed by "regsvr32/u" and the file name "syskey.dll." Hit enter one more time and the file will be removed from the registry. The syskey and its password will now be removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • There is also a Syskey file which is part of Microsoft Windows and is run in conjunction with the Security Accounts Management Database. For more information about this particular file see the "Microsoft Syskey Utility" link in the Resources section


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