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Thread: Unidentified user account in winxp?. Has my pc been compromised?




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    Default Unidentified user account in winxp?. Has my pc been compromised?

    Hey all!

    Been a while since I posted here!. But I'm back once again looking for some advice!.

    The story is thus.....

    I have recently moved house and have just hooked up my PC.
    (Specs 350GB SATA, 1GB RAM, ASUS SK8V mobo, AMD 64 FX-53, ASUS X800, WIN XP PRO OEM). The machine was a "home" build by myself 3years ago or thereabouts.

    While messing about tonight setting up my WLAN and Broadband I decided to change my login password as I haven't done so since building the thing, when to my shock I discovered an extra user account that does not display itself when the windows logon screen appears!. The account name is "ASP.Net Machine A" it is a limited account and password protected!.

    I have no idea how this account came into being as I am the only person to have ever used or setup this machine!.

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated as I'm seriously concerned that my machine has been compromised!.

    Any opinions oon this?

    What would be the ramifications of deleting this account?
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    Default Re: Unidentified user account in winxp?. Has my pc been compromised?

    I'm not sure if it matters if you delete that one or not. I just leave it alone. It appears with one of the .net updates direct from Microsoft so it must be a good thing......... .
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    Default Re: Unidentified user account in winxp?. Has my pc been compromised?

    Delete the account but leave the files it uses. As Prariedawg says, it appears after the .NET updates.
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    Default Re: Unidentified user account in winxp?. Has my pc been compromised?

    some .net stuff won't work if you delete that account (although i've never had any problems with deleting it

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    Default Re: Unidentified user account in winxp?. Has my pc been compromised?

    No offense, but telling someone that some stuff may not work, and then not listing any examples at all does not help much. I have never heard of anything not working from deleting it, and it makes no sense that something would not work with that account deleted.
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    Default Re: Unidentified user account in winxp?. Has my pc been compromised?

    Thanks for the replies.

    After all the debate I've done some research (which i probably should have done lastnight, but it was late and i was tired and freaking about the possibility my pc had been hacked!). From what I've found it seems that the accounts appear naturally are not worth worrying about!. But thanks for the replies guys!. Much appreciated!.
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    Default Re: Unidentified user account in winxp?. Has my pc been compromised?

    Quote Originally Posted by casecutter View Post
    No offense, but telling someone that some stuff may not work, and then not listing any examples at all does not help much. I have never heard of anything not working from deleting it, and it makes no sense that something would not work with that account deleted.
    I'm not offended, I was just pointing out that MS recommend that you don't delete it

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