Computers come with a number of built-in accounts, and users can add a number of new accounts after they take possession of their machines. While most of these accounts will not cause a problem, there are times when an account can put your computer at risk. Knowing how to disable or delete these accounts can protect your computer and make sure you do not fall victim to a hacker.
Make sure you have administrative access to your computer. If you are working on your home computer, you probably have administrative rights, but if you are working with your office computer, you may not. You will need administrative rights to disable or delete any computer accounts.
Log on to your computer and click the "Start" button. Choose "Control Panel" from the menu and double-click the "User Accounts" applet.
Look at the list of accounts on the computer. If you see any accounts from users who no longer need access to the computer, right-click on those accounts and choose "Delete" from the menu. Confirm the deletion of the account.
Look for the "Guest" account, click it and turn off the account. In many cases, this guest account will be disabled by default, but it is important to check its status anyway.
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