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By ojmj ·
Running Win 98SE, PIII 400 MHz clone. 256M RAM, 20M H/D. New January 15, 2000.

Command Anti-Virus has been running for 3 years, with latest DefFiles entered every time I am notified -- usually semi-weekly.

For the last 6 months or so, I havebeen having periodic date changes on the machine. It will change from 2001 to 2002 for no apparent reason. The first indication I have is when I'm surfing between websites and an error message comes up informing me that my 'certificate' is out of date.

Don't believe it is a virus. Don't think it is a bad CMOS battery (1 1/2 years old). Have reinstalled Windows and have latest patches.

Any experience with this?

O.J.

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by Rob Baugh In reply to Unexplained date change

I think you hit the answer with a bad battery. You never know how long that battery sat on a shelf before it was put on your motherboard.

Good Luck

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by donmars In reply to Unexplained date change

Does the time also change, or just the year? Did you say your AntiVirus engine has been upgraded or only the definations? Which virus checker are you using, upgrade the engine at the website, 3 years ago was prior to Y2K! Maybe a bad Y2K patch, the engine could have been from much earlier. If the time did not change I do not think it is your battery, what about the date and month, did that change? let us know.

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by ojmj In reply to Unexplained date change

Only the year changes. Month and date remain correct. Using Command AntiVirus. Engine has upgraded periodically during the three year period. Last updates were in April 2001 and June 2001. Don't remember before that, but I did regularly upgrade to the latest versions. Long, long ago (end of 1999) I used a MicroSoft Y2K patch called PTLY2K. I have checked my Win.ini and system.ini files -- also the registry -- and found no reference to that being called up on bootup.
Does that help?

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by donmars In reply to Unexplained date change

Hmmm... sounds like an interesting problem, I honestly do not see a battery problem here affecting only the year change. I have seen only the year change happen with y2k problem. I don't think thats the problem now based on what you state. Is this machine on a network as a workstaion? What about your BIOS can you track down available flash updates for it at the motherboard MFG website? We can safely check off the Virus software and the battery as not being at fault. Does this event only gets triggered when you are online? Try to note that. Let me check a few things and get back to you.

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by donmars In reply to Unexplained date change

One other thing, when the problem occurs if you reboot without correcting the problem does it correct itself? In other words the year is back to the correct time on reboot? If the problem is the same then try booting with a boot disk to dos and issue the "time" command to see if that shows the correct year.

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by ojmj In reply to Unexplained date change

I'll try that next time it occurs. Thanks for your help. This is only a nuisance -- not a big deal -- but thought maybe someone else might have encountered it and overcome it. Guess not.

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