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    Computer gurus?

    I was doing some maintenance on my computer system (Windows 2000 pro). I discovered that there are two accounts (in the guest group) which are listed as being related to IIS (Interner Information Service). I know little about IIS except that I thought it ran on systems running Windows Server (which I don't have).

    Should I worried about this? Could it be a trojan horse or something else?

    Thanks.
    Nick

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    Do a search on google, it'll tell you everything, plus make sure your antivirus software is up to date, and run some spyware detection software, like adaware, and/or spybot search and destroy. You can get all this software @ my website in the downloads section. www.adampaulin.ca
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    Thanks for the pointers. I run Norton nightly and have the up-to-date virus defs. I also regularly run Ad-aware-SE. No viruses and nothing of major import on the spyware front.
    Nick

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    If you are worried about it can you not just delete those guest accounts and then turn off the guess account like you can in XP ?
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    Nick,

    Those are standard accounts that are used if you ever activated IIS on your computer. One is an anonymous account for people to access a website, the other is reserved for the IIS service.

    Nothing to worry about.
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    On XP which I know is different then win 2000 I have a patch to cure security issues that relate to the "anonymous account". Something about it allowing any one to use it to access the web from your machine if they manage to get into it. This loophole that is VERY obvious to hackers is used to launch web site attacks etc.
    Rob

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    Yes, but you have to be running IIS for them to even attempt to try that loophole, which Nick said he wasn't.
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    OK understand ... .. I installed the patch anyway :-) plus I have a hardware fire wall, a software firewall, anti virus software, e-mail scanning by the fire wall for stuff that looks like it MIGHT be a virus and pest patrol ... LOL that must be why I need a GIG of DDR ram in this PIGGY .....
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    lol
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    what is a trojan horse?
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