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    Re: Win XP at boot time (XP)

    On which computer are the folders being created? What kind of wireless security are you running? Have you run the usual full scans to check for infection?

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    Re: Win XP at boot time (XP)

    It would appear you have 125 Guest profiles being created.
    Are you logging on as you or as a Guest?

    Open up TaskManager, click on Processes, select 'Show processes from all users'...
    Do any 'Guests' show up as being active?

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    Re: Win XP at boot time (XP)

    > Are you logging on as you or as a Guest?
    Leif, thanks for the thoughts .
    I'm not logging on at all. I just boot the laptop. I *am* by default "Chris.laptop", don't know why.
    I am, today, isolating the cause. (boot without modem/network, boot with modem/network, boot with modem/network, bigbeaigebox powered on, etc,) and will report back.

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    Re: Win XP at boot time (XP)

    Joe, thanks for the quiz (grin!).
    The files are created on the laptop apparently by a process on the BigBeigeBox. (see my reply to leif; I'm in the isolation process right now ....)
    Not wireless. I'm all cables. I LOVE being able to turn the power off the modem, unplug wires etc for peace of mind.

    The LavaSoft, GriSoft and ZoneAlarm are all well, I check their log files frequently and run full scans whenever I'm taking time off, typically twice a week. Their updates are automatic as much as possible, but i do a manual update before starting a full scan. Not one of them has reported any sort of infection in the past six months except that Adaware reports (a) a cookie and ([img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] an MRU lost, both of which O delete. It's been reporting the same thing for many months, but my Guest.Laptop has been observed only in the past couple of weeks.

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    Re: Win XP at boot time (XP)

    Is it possible that something is changing the permissions on these folders. I think that if the Guest account can't access it's profile then a new one would be created, giving exactly these symptoms.

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    Re: Win XP at boot time (XP)

    > changing the permissions on these folders
    Thanks, Stuart; something like this.
    In the abscence of anyone recognising the immediate significance of the event, I think I'll continue to search for what i assume are the offending files, and then inspect them to see how they differ from any other files. It may be as simple as read-only attributes, or it may be something more esoteric.
    It's annoying, because I've used XCopy for years, under each manifestion of Windows, to do backups on a daily basis of new and changed files. I feel I must have done something to my network to cause these guest folders to pop up. I'm operating here on a very limited personal knowledge of what goes on in my networked system.

    Please bear with me while I isolate the files that cause this problem, then I'm going to Radio Shack to buy me an electron microscope (grin!).

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    Re: Win XP at boot time (XP)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 09-Apr-06 05:08. to replace graphic with one not quite so wide.)</P>> something is changing the permissions on these folders.
    TaDa!
    A week or so ago I essayed with NFTS security and encrypted a single folder C:___SPARE20060320
    That folder contained three files.
    When the Big beige Box tries to XCOPY those files/folder from the laptop back to the 400GB removable drive on the BBB, the system creates (lately) 192 of those accounts, named Guest, Guest.Laptop, Guest.Laptop.000 through Guest.Laptop.189.

    I have now removed the secuirty.

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    Win XP at boot time (XP)

    > I've noticed some abnormal behaviour in my booting (attached) as I seem to get 125 extra folders created in Documents and settings each morning.

    Yesterday was 189 folders.
    I deleted them and re-ran the backup portion of the boot sequence on the BBB (whose job it is to grab files from both the "Laptop C:" and the "BBB C:" and archive new/changed files onto a 400GB removable backup drive F <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. Several consecutive runs convinced me that the event (creation of 189 "Guest" folders) occurs during the following (DOS) XCOPY command:<pre>xcopy "LaptopLC *.* " f: /c /f /h /k /m /r /s /y</pre>


    I am now fragmenting this command into a series of similar commands each targeting a specific root folder (C:Greaves, c:Pers, C:Windows, C:Images etc) to isolate the specific files which, I suspect, cause some event to create Guest folders).

    At that point I will know what (which files being XCOPYied) triggers the creation of the folders, but I won't know why the Guest folders are created.
    Please stay tuned ....(could take me a few days to dissect this).

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