detect a date change

Posted on 2000-03-14
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
How do you detect when the system date has changed?
Question by:millenisys

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ID: 2616183
you can periodically compare system date with a global variable which contains previous date
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mcrider earned 100 total points
ID: 2616185
Do you mean something like someone changing the date backwards to get around a license??

If so, before you end your program, do this:

   SaveSetting "MyApp", "Startup", "Time", CStr(Now)

Then when you start your program do this:

Dim lDate As Date

If Not GetSetting("MyApp", "Startup", "Time", "0") = "0" Then
    lDate = GetSetting("MyApp", "Startup", "Time", "0")
    If DateDiff("s", lDate, Now) < 0 Then
        MsgBox "You have moved the date back!"
    End If
End If

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Expert Comment

ID: 2616231
Windows sends the WM_TIMECHANGE message whenever the time or date is changed.  VB can catch this message if you subclass your form to intercept windows messages.  An example of how to do this is in this MS article:

"HOWTO: Build a Windows Message Handler with AddressOf in VB"

The article uses the WM_RBUTTONUP message as an example, but you will replace it with
Public Const WM_TIMECHANGE = &H1E

Note: If you use subclassing, do not pause the code or add breakpoints or VB will crash in the IDE.
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ID: 2616250
On the fly ??

Make a timer, interval = 1000

Sub Timer1_Timer
   Static vLastTime as single

   If Abs(vLastTime - Timer) > 1 Then
      MsgBox "You're messing with the time"
   End If
End Sub

Keep this program running, of course.

If you want to do it without running a program, or detecting it afterwards ... Then I don't know.

Expert Comment

ID: 2616395
Comment for mcrider:
Your code should do perfectly.
But you better replace MyApp with a string that can't be related with your program because it is one of the first places where hackers will look for the timestamp.
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ID: 2616467

<VBG> actually it was just an example... I store all of my keys and values in the registry as encrypted string... Can't read them, Got not clue what they do... <G>


Author Comment

ID: 2616567
Thanks for all your help, I was hoping that NT (or 95/98) kept a setting in the registry.
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Expert Comment

ID: 2616734
Thanks for the points, glad I could help!


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