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Why are the default settings never set to default, even after a clean install?

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Running XP Pro, single user. All updates, anti-virus, anti spyware etc..

I have been pondering this question for about a year now.

Why is it when I first set up my Local Security Configerations and Analysis, or Local Security settings the default settings,  as per Microsoft,  in help,  are never set to the default settings?
Example: Under Local Security Policy/User rights the following few wxamples are already set.

Adjust memory quotas for a process. Default setting is Local System. Mine is set for Local Service and Netwrok Service

Generate Security Audits: Local System. Mine is set for Network Service and Local Service

Log on as a service. Default setting is none. Mine is set for Netwrok Service

I know how to change them, I am just very interested as to why they are not at deafault? Is this OK? Normal?

There are others too, Like Create a page file, Create a token object,
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This is normal if you have IIS installed.

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IIS is not installed.
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What else is installed on the machine?

Anything like SQL or Office?

I'm not sure if either of these would do it but trying to find the culprit without some other leads will be rough.....  :)

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by:chick7t7
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NO.  I do not have any Office, SQL...nothing.
What I did just find...and is very very interesting is  under Application Data/ Outlook Express.
I do not use OE. I do not configure it. I uninstall it (so they say) in Add/Remove/ Windows Components.
Yet today,  cruising around my files I noticed Outlook Express had Inbox files, Outbox files etc...all with files in them.
Of course, when I went to open them it was  encrypted.
 I then opened Outlook, and found under tools, it said I had AD set up. WHile doing this I received a pop up that said "Do you want to hang up the modem before going offline"
I never set up AD, OE, and I usually have my modem disabled.
So, I removed system permissions to OE, disabled my modem, and now under Application Data are files for more than 1/2 of my program files that were not their before?
What am I not getting here?
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This almost sounds like an intruder on your machine.

Run a complete virus/spyware/adwware scan and make sure you have your firewall enabled.

May also want to check your event logs and turn on auditing of logon/logoff events.

My guess is that you have a bigger problem than your policies being different than default.

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by:chick7t7
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I am one lucky girl!!! You were absolutely correct...I had an univted guest. Luckily I  (you) caught it before any real damage was done (my fingers are crossed). I was able to pin point when this visitor came, what changes were made, what files where not mine, and got rid of them, went through a series of scans to double triple check, and so far so good.

How did thid happene with all the updates in place, security set, firewall, anit-virus, anti-spyware you ask?  Eell, someone ( oops) had to reinstall last week, never set her password, and left the PC on....and connected....:) :(...

Thank you very much...and go ahead you can laugh at me...:)
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Having an unwanted intrusion on your computer is never a laughing matter.

I'm just glad you were able to track it down before any serious damage was done.  :-)

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