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    Guest account use (XP Home SP2)

    Hi - I'm confused.

    I have an XP Home system that I leave logged on all the time (so that it will run seti@home).

    While scanning my security log I see success audits for logons of the guest account - which, of course, is disabled.
    There are three other computers in our house, LAN connected and using my machine as the internet path
    Can anyone shed light on why the Guest account use may be happening? Should I worry?

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    Re: Guest account use (XP Home SP2)

    <!mskb=264769>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 264769<!/mskb> suggests disabling audit of successful use of user rights to make these entries go away - not very helpful, but suggests not having to worry too much.

    "Using my machine as the internet path" sounds interesting. Is that ICS? If you look at sessions in computer management does it show any sessions using the guest account?

    StuartR

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    Re: Guest account use (XP Home SP2)

    Stuart
    Thanks for the prompt response. I'm still bothered that "Guest" can feature when disabled. Personally, I'd like to delete Guest but it appears that Microsoft is actually using it for something.

    Yes, I use ICS.
    So far as I can see, all ICS activity is invisible to me - it seems to use system DLLs that are non specific about who is using them.
    As a result - my eldest son can savage my computers performance (peer to peer file sharing) without my being able to do anything about it. Long term the solution is clearly to approach internet use in another way - perhaps a Linux box <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Guest account use (XP Home SP2)

    > approach internet use in another way - perhaps a Linux box

    Why not a cheap hardware router?

    StuartR

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    Re: Guest account use (XP Home SP2)

    If you research other stuff happening around that time, can you find anything running as GUEST? The Processes tab of the Task Manager lists the User Name, but I'm not sure you can see into other users' process space. Interesting problem. I agree that it bears further investigation.

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    Re: Guest account use (XP Home SP2)

    True - its just that I have lots of PCs sitting around idle <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Guest account use (XP Home SP2)

    True perhaps. But your system is obviously not as idle as you would like. <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> I'd agree with Stuart on this. A hardware router for sharing your internet connection would keep your son's activity off your machine.
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