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Are programs part of XP?

By dudleymorris ·
Judging from the ZoneAlarm alerts & Security Event Log entries I've seen lately, I think my computer may be networked to someone else's. I don't want this! In the Windows folder, I see SQL, Win NT and some other, smaller programs listed. Many of these programs list 9/17/01 as their date of creation. That date is the last time someone else had free access to my computer & wrote programs in it, trying to network it to a desktop at work. ZoneAlarm is asking if M. Office programs can access the network, not the internet. Please answer one of these questions: Are these programs part of Win XP home version? Have I been networked and not realized it until now? Thank you!

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by zekeallmon In reply to Are programs part of XP?

A quick answer is that No, those programs are not a part of win XP. Some secondary programs could have come in a package deal if you bought your computer from a major corportation (i.e. dell, hp, gateway). But, you may have gotten some spyware that is trying to access the internet, i suggest downloading ADAWARE, and scanning your system. you can find it here:

http://www.lsfileserv.com/aaw.html

As far as you being networked and not knowing it, thats a long shot, but it is a possibility.I hope this helps.

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by TheChas In reply to Are programs part of XP?

First, to be networked, you need a physical connection to an external computer.

While you can be networked through a modem, the typical connection is an RJ45 'ethernet' connector plugged into a network interface card.

If you have Office 2000, or XP, if it sees the protocals installed for a network, it will try and access the network.
This is one of the 'features' Microsoft added to 'help' us.

What type of networking were they trying to install?
If all you were trying to do, was connect to a single desktop PC, you may just have Direct Cable Connection installed.
Or peer to peer.
Removing the unneeded protocals from Control Panel, Networks should eliminate the problem.

Caution: You do need a few protocals for access the internet.

Chas

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by dudleymorris In reply to Are programs part of XP?

Sorry, I'm sure this is a great answer, but I'm a beginner & it's over my head.

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by TheChas In reply to Are programs part of XP?

Okay Dudley, I'll try to simplify my previous answer.

First, to be networked, you need a physical connection to an external computer.

Is your computer connected to a network of any type?
How do you access the internet from your computer?

If you have Office 2000, or XP, if it sees the protocals installed for a network, it will try and access the network.
This is one of the 'features' Microsoft added to 'help' us.

Is Micosoft Office 2000 or Office XP installed on your PC?

Whattype of networking were they trying to install?

If I know what type of networking your office staff was trying to install, I can provide a better answer for you, and help remove any leftover components.

I hope this helps make things clearer.

Chas

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by dudleymorris In reply to Are programs part of XP?

1. The IT person tried to physically connect the laptop (not current one) to my desktop at work. Said he couldn't without network card. That desktop used dial-up service but the attempted (?) connection was actually to a dsl account. IT person was (is) former boss's husband; they had dsl at home. Current laptop shouldn't be networked to any computer.
2. Current laptop (CL) uses dial-up internet access. CL has infrared connection that I don't use.
3. CL has Office XP.
4. On 12/3, I found a "new" program on hard drive and was able to open one file. Much of file is encrypted--except commands such as "machine\system\current control set\control\lsa\disable domain creds", "machine\system\current control set\control\lsa\everyone includes anonymous" and "se remote interactive logon right *S-1-5-32-544." Thanks for continuing to help! Should we move this question to the discussion listing so I don't have to keep submitting "unacceptable" ratings?

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by TheChas In reply to Are programs part of XP?

I suggest that you keep the question in the Q&A forum. More peers will look at it here.

If you decide that we are not makeing enough progress, just close this question, and open a new one.

1. Current laptop shouldn't be networked to any computer.
2. CL uses dial-up internet access. CL has infrared connection that I don't use.
3. CL has Office XP.
4. On 12/3, I found a "new" program on hard drive and was able to open one file.

A couple of new ideas.
Does the CL have a network interface port built in?
This would be referred to in the specifications as NIC, Ethernet, Network etc.
You may have a connector on the CL, or a cable that came with it that looks like an oversized telephone connector.

Are you using one of the major name Iternet Service Providers? (AOL, Earthlink, Juno, MSN, NetZero)
If so, they do install programs on your PC, and update them from time to time.

Do you have automatic update enabled for either Windows XP, or Office XP?
If so, they are going to access the internet from time to time, and install updates for you.

The next thing I recommend to you, is to download and run AdAware from www.lavasoft.de
This program searches for, and removes spyware that some programs and websites installfor 'your benefit'!
These programs also access the internet, and send information to the home web site.

What was the name of the new program, and the files you found?
The file you were able to open and look at sounds like an INI file that is used to set parameters for how a program operates.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to Are programs part of XP?

The log entries look like normal information for an attempt to install networking components, and then removing them.

Again, I don't think that you have anything to be concerned about with the system.

I understand what you are saying about home-made programs. It is possible that some monitoring or reporting software was installed by the person who attempted to setup networking on your PC.

If you are really worried about this, the 'best' option is to back up your data files and settings, and follow the restore proceedure for the laptop.
If you believe that you may have a 'rouge' program, the only way to completely remove it, is to format the drive, and re-install all software.

Chas

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by dudleymorris In reply to Are programs part of XP?

This is definitely helpful. Thank you! Yes, CL and previous laptop have ethernet--disabled on CL. I installed Ad-Aware & it removed 2 programs. My concern is that it might not recognize homemade programs. I found the file in windows, security. That file & the one below were created on 9/17/01, the date the IT person was in the previous laptop. Below: some of the file scesetup in windows, security, logs. Thanks again!
Monday, September 17, 2001 10:53:15 AM
Administrative privileged user logged on.
Parsing template defltwk.inf.
----Configuration engine was initialized successfully.----

----Reading Configuration Template info...

----Configure User Rights...
Configure S-1-5-32-546.
remove SeInteractiveLogonRight.
Configure S-1-5-32-547.
remove SeNetworkLogonRight.
remove SeSystemtimePrivilege.
remove SeRemoteShutdownPrivilege.
remove SeIncreaseBasePriorityPrivilege.
remove SeInteractiveLogonRight.
remove SeProfileSingleProcessPrivilege.
remove SeShutdownPrivilege.
remove SeRemoteInteractiveLogonRight.
Configure S-1-5-32-551.
remove SeBackupPrivilege.
remove SeInteractiveLogonRight.
remove SeRestorePrivilege.
remove SeShutdownPrivilege.
Configure S-1-5-19.
add SeAuditPrivilege.
add SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege.
add SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege.

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