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System Clock Continually Offsets by even amounts of time, and Time Zone is Correct

Posted on 2006-07-19
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I don't know why, I have not installed any new software lately, but around two weeks ago, I noticed my system clock was off by five hours (behind). Since it was exactly that amount compared to the DC, I thought it was something to do with the time zone getting shifted somehow, so I checked, and it was set to the proper time zone. So, I reset the time, and around 20 minutes later, it had changed again, five hours behind. This time I used the net time command to force it to look at the DC, it changed the time and 20 minutes later is was behind again. This happens whether I have an active connection to the internet or not. I thought it would cause me to have problems working the domain enviroment given the obvious offsets, but it has not so far, just showing inaccurate times on file edit, creation and email tracking. It is a relatively speaking, small problem, but it is driving me nuts.

Question by:ber8630
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Expert Comment

ID: 17144259
in the end, its <some> program that is setting the time. check the services, if you have running this worthless time update service and disable that. also open up the taskman and list any process name thats suspicious to you

Author Comment

ID: 17150718
I believe you are right, if I open up the clock dialogue and just watch it, it tends to take longer. It "waits until I am not looking" to change. The problem is, I have opened task manager and to watch any process fire at the same instance the time changes, but it is not working out. Is there any particular process you would watch for? It does seem to change everytime I receive an email. Does that help? Or, am I just dreaming. I am not running any atomic clock software or anything of that sort.

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Expert Comment

ID: 17154358
the time-updater service i.e. runs under the name "svchost.exe", so you cannot really make them out in the taskman. click start -> run -> enter "services.msc" and check for a service name like "winows-time-updater" or somehow. look into the properties by doubleclicking on it, you should see a service name "W32Time". click on "stop", then choose above the type "deactivated". it really sounds like its up to that service :)
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Author Comment

ID: 17209552
OK, none of these suggestions are giving me much direction. I have tried several things and tried to monitor when it changes relative to processes in the system manager. Nothing is giving much of a hint. I was out of town for the last week and not connected to the domain, so watched it there. It was have similar issues with the clock changing there. What I have noticed is that is retards my time by exact 5 hours everytime. Even if I change the time zone to something different and change the time its does the same thing. Now, if I leave the clock set at 5 hours behind, it seems to be happy in perpetuity. I dont know if this helps any, but I am just trying to narrow the field of possibilities.


Author Comment

ID: 17293099
I am increasing the points, because this is frustrating me. I am not sure it is really affecting much, but I still would like to know how to fix it.


Author Comment

ID: 17449884
Too bad. This will be the first time that this site has failed me.
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Expert Comment

ID: 17450401
sorry, dont have much ideas left. i still suspect some running process. if you experience the next time-change, simply close on of your applications - then wait again. repeat that until all applications are gone. this way we are sure those applications are not the reason. the next would be killing "not familiar" processes in the taskmanager (the "process" tab).some tasks arend terminatable. for making this work a bit easier, click on start -> run, enter "cmd" and enter into the console window the line "tasklist". now click with the mouse on the icon in the upper left corner of the window, select edit and then select. now you can select all the printed processes with the mouse. then right-click and select copy. paste the content (process names are enough) here, so i might show you some processes which seem to be suspect.

Author Comment

ID: 17453338
Thanks for your input!!!


C:\Program Files\Support Tools>tasklist

Image Name                   PID Session Name     Session#    Mem Usage
========================= ====== ================ ======== ============
System Idle Process            0 Console                 0         28 K
System                         4 Console                 0        236 K
smss.exe                     740 Console                 0        388 K
csrss.exe                    812 Console                 0      4,952 K
winlogon.exe                 836 Console                 0      9,684 K
services.exe                 880 Console                 0      4,968 K
lsass.exe                    892 Console                 0      6,608 K
svchost.exe                 1092 Console                 0      5,652 K
svchost.exe                 1160 Console                 0      9,320 K
svchost.exe                 1196 Console                 0     39,836 K
svchost.exe                 1252 Console                 0      3,856 K
svchost.exe                 1408 Console                 0      9,236 K
CCSETMGR.EXE                1556 Console                 0      4,580 K
SNDSrvc.exe                 1572 Console                 0      2,732 K
SPBBCSvc.exe                1584 Console                 0      1,292 K
CCEVTMGR.EXE                1640 Console                 0      2,864 K
WLTRYSVC.EXE                1752 Console                 0      1,624 K
BCMWLTRY.EXE                1764 Console                 0      9,380 K
spoolsv.exe                 1824 Console                 0     10,080 K
scardsvr.exe                1872 Console                 0      2,692 K
AluSchedulerSvc.exe          208 Console                 0        620 K
BAsfIpM.exe                  240 Console                 0      3,388 K
cisvc.exe                    256 Console                 0        640 K
Czfmdser.exe                 288 Console                 0      2,188 K
Iap.exe                      416 Console                 0      1,624 K
inetinfo.exe                 432 Console                 0      7,952 K
MDM.EXE                      496 Console                 0      2,884 K
sqlservr.exe                 528 Console                 0     15,764 K
NAVAPSVC.EXE                 584 Console                 0      1,700 K
NicConfigSvc.exe             604 Console                 0      5,284 K
NPFMNTOR.EXE                 648 Console                 0      3,568 K
nvsvc32.exe                  660 Console                 0      5,056 K
svchost.exe                  768 Console                 0      6,504 K
symlcsvc.exe                 808 Console                 0        200 K
wdfmgr.exe                   120 Console                 0      1,756 K
WebUpdateSvc.exe            1360 Console                 0      2,312 K
exmgmt.exe                  1484 Console                 0      5,188 K
alg.exe                     2480 Console                 0      3,164 K
wmiprvse.exe                2660 Console                 0      6,740 K
explorer.exe                3452 Console                 0     12,936 K
jusched.exe                 1592 Console                 0      2,008 K
quickset.exe                2876 Console                 0      6,580 K
WLTRAY.EXE                  3044 Console                 0      5,956 K
DVDLauncher.exe             3300 Console                 0      3,488 K
tfswctrl.exe                3424 Console                 0      4,208 K
CCAPP.EXE                   3608 Console                 0     18,236 K
hpgs2wnd.exe                3720 Console                 0      4,832 K
CZFMDxpk.exe                2820 Console                 0      3,284 K
rundll32.exe                1776 Console                 0      3,924 K
type32.exe                  3784 Console                 0        412 K
hpgs2wnf.exe                 980 Console                 0      4,216 K
point32.exe                 1780 Console                 0      5,684 K
cidaemon.exe                 508 Console                 0        296 K
hpwuSchd2.exe                488 Console                 0      2,652 K
PSDiagnostic.exe             732 Console                 0     14,112 K
iTunesHelper.exe            2276 Console                 0      4,668 K
qttask.exe                  3852 Console                 0      2,852 K
iPodService.exe             2252 Console                 0      3,616 K
ctfmon.exe                  2936 Console                 0      3,872 K
cidaemon.exe                2960 Console                 0        916 K
msmsgs.exe                  2808 Console                 0      8,728 K
wcescomm.exe                3148 Console                 0      6,808 K
atidtct.exe                 1188 Console                 0      4,280 K
rapimgr.exe                 3416 Console                 0      7,164 K
msnmsgr.exe                 1788 Console                 0      6,980 K
PlaxoHelper.exe             3432 Console                 0      8,264 K
DLG.exe                     3860 Console                 0      3,404 K
hpqtra08.exe                 284 Console                 0      7,948 K
sqlmangr.exe                1116 Console                 0      5,968 K
STATUS~1.EXE                1520 Console                 0      6,668 K
javaw.exe                   2740 Console                 0     50,180 K
hpqgalry.exe                4088 Console                 0     15,624 K
svchost.exe                 5264 Console                 0      3,456 K
OUTLOOK.EXE                 5048 Console                 0     75,064 K
WINWORD.EXE                 3472 Console                 0     26,444 K
mstsc.exe                   5872 Console                 0     17,988 K
cmd.exe                     2136 Console                 0      2,636 K
npadmer.exe                 5908 Console                 0      8,252 K
iexplore.exe                6056 Console                 0     23,936 K
AcroRd32.exe                6764 Console                 0     11,872 K
ttermpro.exe                4144 Console                 0      4,368 K
NomadSP.exe                 5460 Console                 0     16,372 K
cmd.exe                     7644 Console                 0      2,644 K
tasklist.exe                6612 Console                 0      4,468 K
wmiprvse.exe                8124 Console                 0      5,700 K

C:\Program Files\Support Tools>
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Expert Comment

ID: 17464947
> svchost.exe
every of these svchost processes is a service. please see your services and double-check if those really need to be turned on all. have we already cleared out that this time-update-service is disabled? i dont know its exact description or title, but please please please check for that!

> CCSETMGR.EXE                1556 Console                 0      4,580 K
> SNDSrvc.exe                 1572 Console                 0      2,732 K
> SPBBCSvc.exe                1584 Console                 0      1,292 K
> CCEVTMGR.EXE                1640 Console                 0      2,864 K
> WLTRYSVC.EXE                1752 Console                 0      1,624 K
> BCMWLTRY.EXE                1764 Console                 0      9,380 K
dont know them. are you sure they have to run? BCMWLTRY sounds like only giving you a TRaY-icon on the taskbar. search for all those .exe-files and find out to which application they belong. i suspect most of them are not needed to be active all the time. maybe one of these already continously updates the time?

> AluSchedulerSvc.exe          208 Console                 0        620 K
Scheduler-something? very suspect! find out which application this starts

> BAsfIpM.exe                  240 Console                 0      3,388 K
> cisvc.exe                    256 Console                 0        640 K
> Czfmdser.exe                 288 Console                 0      2,188 K
> Iap.exe                      416 Console                 0      1,624 K
> inetinfo.exe                 432 Console                 0      7,952 K
> MDM.EXE                      496 Console                 0      2,884 K

> NicConfigSvc.exe             604 Console                 0      5,284 K
> nvsvc32.exe                  660 Console                 0      5,056 K
> symlcsvc.exe                 808 Console                 0        200 K
> wdfmgr.exe                   120 Console                 0      1,756 K
same to these.

> WebUpdateSvc.exe            1360 Console                 0      2,312 K
Web-update-something? what the hell is this? please dont say you dont know

> exmgmt.exe                  1484 Console                 0      5,188 K
> alg.exe                     2480 Console                 0      3,164 K

> jusched.exe                 1592 Console                 0      2,008 K
> quickset.exe                2876 Console                 0      6,580 K
> WLTRAY.EXE                  3044 Console                 0      5,956 K
> DVDLauncher.exe             3300 Console                 0      3,488 K
> tfswctrl.exe                3424 Console                 0      4,208 K
> hpgs2wnd.exe                3720 Console                 0      4,832 K
> CZFMDxpk.exe                2820 Console                 0      3,284 K
check these too.

> rundll32.exe                1776 Console                 0      3,924 K
very suspect!!! where does this come from? kill this immediantly with "TASKKILL 1776" (of course, now it may have another number - so do TASKLIST first. of course, you can also use the task-manager to kill processes)

> type32.exe                  3784 Console                 0        412 K
> hpgs2wnf.exe                 980 Console                 0      4,216 K
> point32.exe                 1780 Console                 0      5,684 K
> cidaemon.exe                 508 Console                 0        296 K
> hpwuSchd2.exe                488 Console                 0      2,652 K
> PSDiagnostic.exe             732 Console                 0     14,112 K
> iTunesHelper.exe            2276 Console                 0      4,668 K
> qttask.exe                  3852 Console                 0      2,852 K
> iPodService.exe             2252 Console                 0      3,616 K
> cidaemon.exe                2960 Console                 0        916 K
> msmsgs.exe                  2808 Console                 0      8,728 K
> wcescomm.exe                3148 Console                 0      6,808 K
> atidtct.exe                 1188 Console                 0      4,280 K
> rapimgr.exe                 3416 Console                 0      7,164 K
> msnmsgr.exe                 1788 Console                 0      6,980 K
what in the world are you running all? is the last MSN messenger? maybe this one updates the time?

> PlaxoHelper.exe             3432 Console                 0      8,264 K
> DLG.exe                     3860 Console                 0      3,404 K
> hpqtra08.exe                 284 Console                 0      7,948 K
> STATUS~1.EXE                1520 Console                 0      6,668 K
> hpqgalry.exe                4088 Console                 0     15,624 K
> mstsc.exe                   5872 Console                 0     17,988 K
> npadmer.exe                 5908 Console                 0      8,252 K
> ttermpro.exe                4144 Console                 0      4,368 K
> NomadSP.exe                 5460 Console                 0     16,372 K
nearly your whole list is suspicious. i should have advised you before to close all visible applications - so we may clear out a lot of them.

> wmiprvse.exe                8124 Console                 0      5,700 K
this is not very suspicious as long as it only runs shortly. check again - if this runs all the time then kill it.

man - this was too much :( i am not sure if you really have a control over your system. prove me wrong and get me all application names to the EXEs :P guess what? lets try another thing. i think most of these processes are launched when windows starts. so click on start -> run, type "regedit" and navigate the the following key:
\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. now make a list of all names and values listed there. you can do this by focusing the "Run" key and then select "export" from the window menu. save the file where you will find it. then open this file with notepad - now you can easily copy those lines and paste them here

Author Comment

ID: 17547257
Don't kick me out yet, just been really busy with a new baby on the way and that has put me behind, AGAIN. I am still diving into these.


Author Comment

ID: 17555484
Thanks for your patience on this. here is the information from Regedit you requested.  I have also looked into the other programs that are running. Nothing sends a red flag so. In other words, I have searched in all directories for these files and verifid they arae where they are purported supposed to be. Now there are two I was unable to get anywhere with. The first was status~1.exe and the second is the Rundll32.exe. and below is the list of modules that are supposedly running with it, if it tells you anything.


ntdll.dll, kernel32.dll, msvcrt.dll,        
                                 GDI32.dll, USER32.dll, IMAGEHLP.dll,        
                                 ShimEng.dll, AcGenral.DLL, ADVAPI32.dll,    
                                 RPCRT4.dll, WINMM.dll, ole32.dll,            
                                 OLEAUT32.dll, MSACM32.dll, VERSION.dll,      
                                 SHELL32.dll, SHLWAPI.dll, USERENV.dll,      
                                 UxTheme.dll, IMM32.DLL, serwvdrv.dll,        
                                 umdmxfrm.dll, comctl32.dll, comctl32.dll,    
                                 V0060Pin.dll, CFGMGR32.dll, setupapi.dll,    
                                 CtCamPin.crl, msctfime.ime, MSCTF.dll,      
                                 WINTRUST.dll, CRYPT32.dll, MSASN1.dll      

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"Apoint"="C:\\Program Files\\Apoint\\Apoint.exe"
"NvCplDaemon"="RUNDLL32.EXE C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup"
"nwiz"="nwiz.exe /installquiet"
"SunJavaUpdateSched"="C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jre1.5.0_06\\bin\\jusched.exe"
"Dell QuickSet"="C:\\Program Files\\Dell\\QuickSet\\quickset.exe"
"Dell Wireless Manager UI"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\WLTRAY"
"DVDLauncher"="\"C:\\Program Files\\CyberLink\\PowerDVD\\DVDLauncher.exe\""
"UpdateManager"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Sonic\\Update Manager\\sgtray.exe\" /r"
"Synchronization Manager"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,\
"ccApp"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Symantec Shared\\ccApp.exe\""
"Symantec NetDriver Monitor"="C:\\PROGRA~1\\SYMNET~1\\SNDMon.exe /Consumer"
"Share-to-Web Namespace Daemon"="c:\\Program Files\\Hewlett-Packard\\HP Share-to-Web\\hpgs2wnd.exe"
"VF0060 STISvc"="RunDLL32.exe V0060Pin.dll,RunDLL32EP 513"
"type32"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\\type32.exe\""
"IntelliPoint"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft IntelliPoint\\point32.exe\""
"PrintServer Diagnostic"="C:\\Program Files\\Print Server\\PTP\\PSDiagnostic.exe"
"iTunesHelper"="\"C:\\Program Files\\iTunes\\iTunesHelper.exe\""
"QuickTime Task"="\"C:\\Program Files\\QuickTime\\qttask.exe\" -atboottime"
"SSBkgdUpdate"="C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Scansoft Shared\\SSBkgdUpdate\\SSBkgdupdate.exe -Embedding -boot"
"HP Software Update"="C:\\Program Files\\Hewlett-Packard\\HP Software Update\\HPWuSchd2.exe"
"TomcatStartup 2.5"="C:\\Program Files\\Hewlett-Packard\\Toolbox\\hpbpsttp.exe"






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ID: 17561426
OK, I have spent several hours this morning changing the clock and staring at process list to see what consistently fires everytime the time changes. And, here is what I have deduced visually. ALMOST everytime that Outlook fires, especially when reminder windows are involved, the time resets to five hours behind the current local time. In other words, the time is not simply subtracting five hours from what the computer is set to, because even if I set it 10 hours either side of what it keeps resetting to, it still goes to five hours behind the current local time (CT). So, is there a way to log the process that is making this change?

Thanks Again!
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ID: 17599575
congratulations and best wishes for your new baby :)

ive googled to find a problem with outlook resetting the time, but havent found anything. are you really sure? you said "ALMOST", that makes me wonder it wont reset everytime outlook "fires". maybe outlook itself has an option for that? look under menu "extras", "options", "calendar options", "timezone" - maybe this has an incorrect setting?

if it really comes down that only outlook can be the issue, i dont have any ideas left. your registry data has a few suspicious entries too (especially "C:\PROGRA~1\FDD_FM~1\CZFMDXPK.exe" - watchout for that!!) but i dont have much hope we find the error there...

oh - this one might be a bit stupid, but does the "time reset" also happen when youre offline? and i really mean offline: disable your network interface in the device manager or unplug your lan cable...

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ID: 17604325
Thanks, I checked the Outlook Settings and everything appears to be correct in terms of the time zone and no secondary zone selected or setup. It does appear that when I have reminders pop up when my time tends to change. I have tried to watch it as much as possible and not have other programs running to see and verify.

As for the c:\progra~1\FDD_FM~1\CZFMDXPK.exe, that is related to my Floppy Drive and Memory Card reader in one. Not really sure why it needs software running when I don't have the device plugged in (Plugs in using USB).

I think I tested the offline stuff, but I will double-check it before saying for sure.

Thanks Again!

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ID: 17604799
OK, I ran for an hour and even when reminders came up, nothing changed on the clock.

Don't know what this tells us.


Author Comment

ID: 17604885
I think I am still wrong. Now that I have plugged it back into the network, the time is changing, but not relative to the Reminder's Opening up anymore. Boy, what an issue.

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AmigoJack earned 2000 total points
ID: 17605244
well, if everything is fine offline then it must be some application using the internet to constantly "update" your time. lets do another one (we did something similar): start -> run -> "cmd", then type "tasklist /svc". post the results here (you can leave out those lines which have no value in the third column). this way we make sure its no service which annoys you.

if you would have time enough, i would simply suggest you do install a desktop firewall, which gives you a dialog for each application trying to talk to the internet. but if you never touched that, its a long way to just find out the "problem" prog with this...

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ID: 17605366
C:\Program Files\Support Tools>tasklist /svc

Image Name                   PID Services
========================= ====== =============================================
System Idle Process            0 N/A
System                         4 N/A
smss.exe                     752 N/A
csrss.exe                    824 N/A
winlogon.exe                 848 N/A
services.exe                 892 Eventlog, PlugPlay
lsass.exe                    904 Netlogon, PolicyAgent, ProtectedStorage,
svchost.exe                 1116 DcomLaunch, TermService
svchost.exe                 1180 RpcSs
svchost.exe                 1320 AudioSrv, BITS, Browser, CryptSvc, Dhcp,
                                 ERSvc, EventSystem, helpsvc, HidServ,
                                 lanmanserver, lanmanworkstation, Netman,
                                 Nla, RasMan, Schedule, seclogon, SENS,
                                 SharedAccess, ShellHWDetection, srservice,
                                 TapiSrv, Themes, TrkWks, w32time, winmgmt,
svchost.exe                 1360 Dnscache
svchost.exe                 1580 LmHosts, RemoteRegistry, SSDPSRV, WebClient
CCSETMGR.EXE                1740 ccSetMgr
SNDSrvc.exe                 1756 SNDSrvc
SPBBCSvc.exe                1776 SPBBCSvc
CCEVTMGR.EXE                1828 ccEvtMgr
WLTRYSVC.EXE                1976 wltrysvc
BCMWLTRY.EXE                1992 N/A
spoolsv.exe                  192 Spooler
scardsvr.exe                 232 SCardSvr
AluSchedulerSvc.exe          732 Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler
BAsfIpM.exe                  812 BAsfIpM
cisvc.exe                    868 cisvc
Czfmdser.exe                 120 CZFMDSER.EXE
ETCNet2Services.exe         1168 ETC PCTime Service (NTP) (Ver:,
                                 ETCBootpService (Ver:
Iap.exe                     1264 Iap
inetinfo.exe                1300 IISADMIN, W3SVC
MDM.EXE                     1464 MDM
sqlservr.exe                1508 MSSQL$SHOWSIM
NicConfigSvc.exe            1720 NICCONFIGSVC
NPFMNTOR.EXE                1920 NPFMntor
nvsvc32.exe                 1936 NVSvc
HPZipm12.exe                2024 Pml Driver HPZ12
svchost.exe                  372 stisvc
symlcsvc.exe                 492 Symantec Core LC
wdfmgr.exe                   540 UMWdf
WebUpdateSvc.exe            1436 WebUpdate
exmgmt.exe                  2056 MSExchangeMGMT
wmiprvse.exe                2612 N/A
alg.exe                     2968 ALG
explorer.exe                3108 N/A
svchost.exe                 3752 HTTPFilter
jusched.exe                 2572 N/A
quickset.exe                1784 N/A
WLTRAY.EXE                   172 N/A
DVDLauncher.exe             2560 N/A
tfswctrl.exe                3872 N/A
CCAPP.EXE                    884 N/A
hpgs2wnd.exe                3908 N/A
CZFMDxpk.exe                2488 N/A
rundll32.exe                3964 N/A
type32.exe                   392 N/A
point32.exe                  600 N/A
PSDiagnostic.exe            1620 N/A
iTunesHelper.exe            1644 N/A
qttask.exe                  2220 N/A
hpwuSchd2.exe               1856 N/A
hpgs2wnf.exe                2404 N/A
ctfmon.exe                  2448 N/A
iPodService.exe             2428 iPodService
msmsgs.exe                  2436 N/A
wcescomm.exe                1016 N/A
atidtct.exe                 2660 N/A
msnmsgr.exe                  896 N/A
PlaxoHelper.exe             2356 N/A
GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe   2812 N/A
DLG.exe                      288 N/A
hpqtra08.exe                3092 N/A
rapimgr.exe                 3268 N/A
sqlmangr.exe                3284 N/A
hpqgalry.exe                3824 N/A
STATUS~1.EXE                3840 N/A
javaw.exe                   2604 N/A
OUTLOOK.EXE                 4992 N/A
WINWORD.EXE                 4440 N/A
cidaemon.exe                3916 N/A
cidaemon.exe                3028 N/A
WCESMgr.exe                 1748 N/A
mstsc.exe                    292 N/A
iexplore.exe                2424 N/A
cmd.exe                     4684 N/A
HPBPRO.EXE                  5756 N/A
tasklist.exe                4908 N/A
wmiprvse.exe                1564 N/A

C:\Program Files\Support Tools>

Author Comment

ID: 17605378
I do notice a service called ETCNet2Services.exe         1168 ETC PCTime Service (NTP) (Ver: This is interesting, it is part of a package I use to program Electronic Theater Controls DMX networks. I will look into this as well.

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ID: 17610593

svchost.exe                 1320 AudioSrv, BITS, Browser, CryptSvc, Dhcp,
                                 ERSvc, EventSystem, helpsvc, HidServ,
                                 lanmanserver, lanmanworkstation, Netman,
                                 Nla, RasMan, Schedule, seclogon, SENS,
                                 SharedAccess, ShellHWDetection, srservice,
                                 TapiSrv, Themes, TrkWks, w32time, winmgmt,

notice "w32time"? it is a service. PLEASE PLEASE do the following: click "start" -> "run" -> "services.msc" and then the services list. click on the column "status" to sort it and see all running services. watch out for a service named similar to "windows time". stop it. doubleclick on it and select as auto-start the option "disable". i dont know why you have this running, i told you in my FIRST TWO comments to look out for that. it is a service which coninously uses the time of some server in the internet to accurately set your local time (which is totally needless for almost all home users).

but maybe THAT service works alright and your "ETCNet2Services.exe" is misbehaving. this one is also a service, so watch out the services list also for this one to stop it and then to disable it (disabling it means it wont be started by windows ever again). normally services that dont come with windows dont have any description, so you should find this one easily.

there are also a lot of other services running which you will probably never need in your life - lets care for them after we solved the time issue, ok?

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ID: 17610762
I just gave you the points you have definitely earned. After seeing the ETC NTP Service, I decided to set it to manual and stopped it. I left the machine running overnight, and it is still showing the correct time. The reason I did not take your advice on the w32time service is because I do want my machine to be in sync with the two DCs we have in our network environment. You had me do the tasklist before, but for some reason I did not see the NTP associated with the ETC service. Sorry to make you work so hard. I should have paid better attention. I just did not realize that there was an NTP service running with ETC, so I have emailed their software engineering department to see what is actually serving the time for them. Again, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help on this. I am interested in learning more about the services I ". . .will probably never need. . ." in my life.

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ID: 17611797
glad we finally found out :)

> svchost.exe                 1116 DcomLaunch, TermService
"TermService" gives people from outside the the possibility to login via telnet. this is rather hazardous and i bet you dont need anyone to be able to login to your computer.

> svchost.exe                 1320 AudioSrv, BITS, Browser, CryptSvc, Dhcp,
>                                  ERSvc, EventSystem, helpsvc, HidServ,
>                                  lanmanserver, lanmanworkstation, Netman,
>                                  Nla, RasMan, Schedule, seclogon, SENS,
>                                  SharedAccess, ShellHWDetection, srservice,
>                                  TapiSrv, Themes, TrkWks, w32time, winmgmt,
>                                  wuauserv
"Dhcp" is only needed if youre in a network which constantly changes. in most cases you dont need it. "Schedule" is only needed if you use the windows scheduler to perform tasks at given times. i never use that - do you? "seclogon" gives you the possibility to logon as a second user while already being logged on. either this is the so-called xp feature "fast user switching" or it means the possibility to use "run as" for starting a program under another account. both cases are needed very seldom.

> svchost.exe                 1580 LmHosts, RemoteRegistry, SSDPSRV, WebClient
"RemoteRegistry" gives poeple from outside the chance to access (and modify) your registry. very dangerous! never fully understand what "WebClient" is, but it never hit me disabling it. sounds a bit like a useless frontpage thing.

> SNDSrvc.exe                 1756 SNDSrvc
> SPBBCSvc.exe                1776 SPBBCSvc
> WRYSVC.EXE                1976 wltrysvc
> BAsfIpM.exe                  812 BAsfIpM
> NicConfigSvc.exe            1720 NICCONFIGSVC
> HPZipm12.exe                2024 Pml Driver HPZ12
> wdfmgr.exe                   540 UMWdf
> WebUpdateSvc.exe            1436 WebUpdate
dont know them.

consider all services mentioned to set to disabled. you have to search for their display name a bit, you can orientate on the current status "running". for the services i dont know: try to review the manuals to the corresponding software, if its really needed to have all those services running. in most cases theyre only always running to recognize hot-plugged devices via usb or else. but if you have no problems with your computer regarding performance you may dont care about all that of course ;-)

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