Is my Pc still safe? help please

March 8, 2009 at 19:23:45
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.16GHz/2GB
Hi guys some help pls. a few days ago I changed some setting concerning the "Network List Service"..Obviously I didn't have any Idea of what I was doing. Anyway the setting I changed was on the "log on" tab. In fact the original setting was log on "this account" where there was a password that I never created by the way...I purchased this PC just a few days ago...and service status originary was "Started"...the change I did was to log on with "LOCAL SYSTEM ACCOUNT", The result is: 1.I strongly suspect that my PC is not as secure as before and furthermore I do have a Red "X" on the Icon that indicates my wireless connection. If I put the mouse on this Icon it says:"the Account specified for this service is different from the account specified for other services running in the same process". I obviously tried to restore the previous configuration by clicking again on the log on under "this account", but it won't start again. it tell me to enter a valid pwd. By the way I am logged on this PC as Administrator and I never created that pwd...I also tried to restore my computer at 2 days earlier but guess what...It doesn't restore my system...So guys pls help This service depend on other services as described on the "dependancies tab" and those dependent service use the same password I believe... this service was using the same password I believe, before I changed the setting...Really don't know what to do....I was thinking to change all the passwords of these services but not sure where to start from, since until 1 month ago I was just using a computer with Win Me...and by the way I couldn't find any spot on windows Vista where to set up with 1 click the passwords for these services...ok guys I hope I have not been to messy in explaining my problem...I hope to get some help as soon as possible....bye


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March 9, 2009 at 06:08:24
Did you buy the PC used?

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March 9, 2009 at 19:47:15
A pc is not secure if it is connected to the internet.

If you want to be a bit more secure remove it from any network.

Second best might be to only connect with live cd's that don't mount the hard drive. See Knoppix disks.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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March 9, 2009 at 19:53:14
Hi it's a new computer...Anyway thanx for ur time..oops i almost forgot...I solved the problem by restoring my system in safe mode, everything is back, but pls if u hv any Idea on how to set up those pwds"the ones on log on this account"...I am still studying Windows Vista since I was just using win Me till 1 month ago....I noticed that if I pick any service under the administrative tool, and u look inside u can find a panel where it talk about passwords that expire or never expire....I'd like to set up those pwds with "never expire" , but guess what when I click on that panel nothing happen though I am the administrator..I believe there has to be anothyer way to change those pwds...If u have any idea pls let me's important for me to know that, since I am trying to slove some problems with my little LAN and I am sure the prob. is in those services that for the moment I can't touch till I find out how to set up the services passwords...well if u know, just let me know....bye


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March 9, 2009 at 19:58:59
By default, Vista passwords don't expire, as far as I know.

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March 9, 2009 at 19:59:42
hi Jefro problem solved, but thanx a lot 4 ur time...anyway if u hv any idea on how I can set up those pwds "in never expire", let me know It'd be of great help here. I am not familiar with Windows vista yet...Thanx again...bye


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March 9, 2009 at 20:14:42
Hi Guapo, but do u hv windows Vista? if so u can have a look urself. In fact u can pick any service select it then properties then click on "log on" tab, then select log on "this account" and then click on Browse " a new window" will open, and here click on advanced...U 'll see under " Common Queries" that there is a panel and a box with written"non expiring password"...unfortunatly on my computer that box is not checked...that's why I believe passwords expire...Anyway if u have a look on ur computer remeber to put back everything as it was, so dangerous to touch those services....well Thanx again, bye


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