Re: Hacked or.....Would appreciate expert help

"Patrick Dickey" wrote:

> Hi Maryellen, my answers are in line....
> Maryellen wrote:
> > I am not sure how to post a reply, as you can see from the previous post. I
> > hope this is right because I can't believe, or I should say, I really can
> When you find a post that you want to reply to, simply click the Reply
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Thank you Patriclk. Thanks for understanding that I am not stupid just
because a) I'm a woman, and b)I have never used a newsgroup before.
I cannot believe the a-hole, Philip, who told me I might as well ask Sponge
Bob Square Pants for help. Like most male computer users, he diidn't hear
what I am saying because he assumed I am just the sort of stupid woman who
would go through four new dcomputers in three years, and spend a quarter of
my time trying to get help, because of just the event viewer? Give me a
break. I'll deal with him later.
> <Snipped to conserve space>
> > crazy about all the security holes and vulnerabilities in Windows XP that let
> > hackers practically just hop on and create a domain. If you want to
> > compare notes that would be great. If you find someone who knows what you're
> > talking about, please, please let me know. Okay, the new thing the NT
> > Authority is doing is to turn on my computer on every night at 11:58 p.m. If
> > I don't hear it running, they can be on for hours. Sometimes I turn it off
> > and it comes right back on. I now have to unplug it at night. I am a
> > standalone. No one uses my computer but me. I am not on a domain network,
> AFAIK (As Far As I Know) NTAuthority cannot turn your computer on from a
> Powered off state. That being said, Wake-On-LAN can do so, possibly.
> If the computer is in hibernation or standby, then Wake-On-LAN will most
> definitely turn it on.
> Wake-On-LAN is a feature of your NIC (Network Interface Card) that
> allows it to wake the computer up when an incoming connection starts.
> (For a more accurate description of Wake-On-LAN, I would suggest
> searching online for it).
> In your situation, NTAuthority **may** be the application that is
> receiving a connection, which would cause the computer to wake up.
> Instead of unplugging the computer tonight, try unhooking the ethernet
> connector, and see if it still wakes up at 11:58. If not, then it's
> something to do with Wake-On-LAN, which you can disable. However, if it
> does turn on, there is something installed on the computer which is
> causing it. But, once again, AFAIK, nothing can cause your computer to
> start up from a completely powered off state, except someone or
> something pushing the button.
> > and yet, NT Authority has become my domain and they have all the absolute
> > powers. In the middle of the night while I am sleeping, they are busy
> > creating new logans (exactly like the ones you mentioned), making policy
> > changes and disbursing auditing privleges. Sometimes I find the permissions
> I think you're under a misconception here. NTAuthority is not an
> organization or a person. NTAuthority is another term for the operating
> system itself. Or more accurately the System-Level account (much like
> Administrator or your user account). It is the authority that allows
> scheduled tasks to run. I'm sure someone else can give you a better,
> more accurate description of what NTAuthority is.
> <snipped to conserve space>
> > I have paid professional computer
> > people to work on this thing over and over until I got to where I am now: I
> > pretty much give up. All the computer people I have talked to don't know how
> > to do anything but reformat and install. Shit. I do that at least once a
> > month, sometimes more just to gain entrance to my computer for a while. They
> First of all, if you're paying someone to fix this, then they aren't
> doing their job (which you already know). The next time you Reformat
> and reinstall, try this method instead of what you've been doing in the
> past.
> 1. Backup ONLY your documents and pictures.. You can either do a
> backup with NTBackup, or simply burn CD's (my personal recommendation)
> Any programs that you have installed, you **Should** have setup programs
> (CD's or downloaded files) to reinstall them. Do not back them up at
> all. If you don't have the CD's or setup files, you'll need to get them
> from wherever you originally got them. Get them on a different computer
> (not yours).
> a. One of the files that you need to download is called MBSA
> (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer). You'll want to put this on a
> different CD, so you can install it after you've reformatted.
> b. In step 8, I discuss Firewalls and Antivirus software. If you
> don't already have one of these, I would download their installer and
> burn it to the same CD as the MBSA. Then, I would install them in step
> 2. Please pay special note to my warning if your System Restore CD
> provides you an Antivirus program.
> 2. Use the System Restore CD's that came with your computer. Install
> your programs from the CD's or setup files that you have. Don't restore
> your documents and pictures yet. Also, DO NOT go onto the Internet or
> even connect your network up until later on.
> 3. If you don't already have Service Pack 2, you'll be getting it soon.
> Open up the Control Panel (Start Menu---> Control Panel) then go
> into Administrative Tools, and double click on the Services icon.
> 4. Inside of the Services icon, do the following and only the following.
> a. Scroll down until you find a service called Messenger. Right
> click on this, and select Properties. Stop it, if it's running, and
> choose the option for Disabled in "Startup". Click Apply, then OK.
> b, Scroll down a little further, until you see Remote Procedure
> Call. (There will be 2 of these, you'll do the same steps for both of
> them). Right click on the RPC service and select Properties. DO NOT
> Stop the service or change the startup option. Click on the tab that
> says "Recovery" and change all of the options to "Take No Action."
> Click Apply and then OK (Do this for both of them).
> You can close the Services window after this.
> 5. Install the MBSA (that you downloaded prior to reformatting) and
> then run it. It will give you steps for disabling Anonymous login and
> the Guest account. Follow these steps exactly. It will also recommend
> updates that you need (which will be most of them, since you haven't
> updated yet).
> 5. In the Control Panel window (should be at Administrative Tools),
> click the Back Button. Go to Users and turn the Guest account OFF (If
> it's turned on).
> 6. Also, in the Control Panel, you'll want to double click on Internet
> Connection Firewall (Windows Firewall) and turn it on.
> 7. Now, you're ready to connect to the Internet. The FIRST site you
> need to go to is Get all of the
> Critical Updates, even if it takes a week to download them. Don't go
> anywhere else, until you've done this.
> 8. I highly suggest that you check into a personal Firewall. ZoneAlarm
> ( Kerio (
> are the two that I reocmmend. However, there are others that are
> recommended in this newsgroup which are just as good. Install this, and
> if necessary turn Windows Firewall off (The firewall that you install
> may do this for you).
> 9. If you don't have an antivirus software, get one. There are a lot
> of good 'free' versions out there, as well as some good commercial
> versions. Symantec (Norton's Antvirus) is alright (IMHO) Panda Security
> is good, Trend Micro is good also. As for the 'free' ones, I personally
> use Avast! and have used AVG. I'll provide links for these next.
> *** If you already have an antivirus that in installed during the System
> Restore, your best bet is to get the latest updates for that (this may
> require you to pay for a new subscription). DO NOT, under any
> circumstances, run more then one antivirus on your computer at the same
> time. (This doesn't apply to 'Online Virus scanners')
> 10. Scan your CD's that you copied all of your documents and pictures
> to. If they have viruses on them, make note of which files are
> infected. You won't be able to (and you wouldn't want to) get these
> files back. After you've scanned the CD's, you can proceed to copy them
> back to your computer.
> <Snipped to conserve space>
> I have found files suggesting that they use my newish computer with
> lots of
> > memory to hack others. Check out your MMC and see if you are allowed to
> > change anything. Last week I turned the computer on and discovered there was
> > a new account: NET Framework. Oh I could go on and on. I really think if I
> Once again, you're under a misconception. .NET Framework is not an
> account. It's the backbone that makes a lot of your programs
> (especially programs from Microsoft) run. It is a required item, and
> you will end up getting it in your Windows Updates.
> I'm hoping that you find some useful information in what I've told you.
> The most important thing, when you buy a new computer (or restore an
> older one) is to get your antivirus and your firewall up and running.
> Truthfully, if you can get a firewall before you reformat, include it in
> your Installed programs. That way, you don't have to worry about
> turning on Windows Firewall before you go to Windows Update. Then, go
> to Windows Update, and get whatever security patches they have for you.
> If you have any questions about what I've posted, or about NTAuthority
> or .NET Framework, please ask them. The only way you're going to learn,
> is by asking what is this?. We're here to help you out.
> --
> Patrick Dickey <pd1ckey43@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Smile.. someone out there cares deeply for you.

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