Strange slow start up...desktop returned to defult.

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System Win XP, SP2

Started computer up as per normal
Got to log in screen
Clicked on username
Instead of password box popping up straight away it took a long time
Then a long time again to bring up desktop
Instead of customised desktop, the default Win Xp desktop appeared
The security centre also popped up, and a message on the lower right hand
taskbar
which my son doesn't recall, but thinks it was something to do with updates.

This computer has always been patched and updated when updates are available.

The computer was restarted, and restarted as normal. No updates were required.

Should we be worried about the other start up? Currently running a full
virus scan, but wondered what the odd start up could mean?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    In news:4302E958-75BB-4F90-9BBF-E9571EA7B072@microsoft.com,
    ozegirl <ozegirl@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:

    My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

    > System Win XP, SP2
    >
    > Started computer up as per normal
    > Got to log in screen
    > Clicked on username
    > Instead of password box popping up straight away it took a long time
    > Then a long time again to bring up desktop
    > Instead of customised desktop, the default Win Xp desktop appeared
    > The security centre also popped up, and a message on the lower right
    > hand taskbar
    > which my son doesn't recall, but thinks it was something to do with
    > updates.
    >
    > This computer has always been patched and updated when updates are
    > available.
    >
    > The computer was restarted, and restarted as normal. No updates were
    > required.
    >
    > Should we be worried about the other start up? Currently running a
    > full
    > virus scan, but wondered what the odd start up could mean?

    It could have been just a temporary problem, a corrupt file in the profile
    that was repaired, a registry setting that had to be automatically fixed by
    using an older copy, all sorts of things. Provided it's working well now and
    your virus scans (don't forget a spyware scan then there's not much to worry
    about other than the normal things.

    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

    Galen

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    Signature changed for a moment of silence.
    Rest well Alex and we'll see you on the other side.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    "Galen" wrote:

    > In news:4302E958-75BB-4F90-9BBF-E9571EA7B072@microsoft.com,
    > ozegirl <ozegirl@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:
    >
    > My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
    >
    > > System Win XP, SP2
    > >
    > > Started computer up as per normal
    > > Got to log in screen
    > > Clicked on username
    > > Instead of password box popping up straight away it took a long time
    > > Then a long time again to bring up desktop
    > > Instead of customised desktop, the default Win Xp desktop appeared
    > > The security centre also popped up, and a message on the lower right
    > > hand taskbar
    > > which my son doesn't recall, but thinks it was something to do with
    > > updates.
    > >
    > > This computer has always been patched and updated when updates are
    > > available.
    > >
    > > The computer was restarted, and restarted as normal. No updates were
    > > required.
    > >
    > > Should we be worried about the other start up? Currently running a
    > > full
    > > virus scan, but wondered what the odd start up could mean?
    >
    > It could have been just a temporary problem, a corrupt file in the profile
    > that was repaired, a registry setting that had to be automatically fixed by
    > using an older copy, all sorts of things. Provided it's working well now and
    > your virus scans (don't forget a spyware scan then there's not much to worry
    > about other than the normal things.
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
    >
    > Galen
    >
    > --
    > Signature changed for a moment of silence.
    > Rest well Alex and we'll see you on the other side.
    >
    >
    > Thanks - yes I run spyware/adware as well. I was just worried with it taking so long to log in & with the changed desktop whether it could mean system had been hacked/keylogged. I have a firewall.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    In news:E3657AF6-5B9C-4C60-ACD2-97F41E679C86@microsoft.com,
    ozegirl <ozegirl@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:

    My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

    >> Thanks - yes I run spyware/adware as well. I was just worried with
    >> it taking so long to log in & with the changed desktop whether it
    >> could mean system had been hacked/keylogged. I have a firewall.

    Assuming you scanned with the most up to date definitions and in safe mode
    and got a clean bill of health then it could have been anything that you
    have set to automatically update, Windows Updates (though I think that would
    have been already done if it was set to automatic) or the like. Unless you
    notice unusual traffic then I'd not worry about it to much but I'd keep
    scanning often and keep an eye on it for a while.

    Galen
    --
    Signature changed for a moment of silence.
    Rest well Alex and we'll see you on the other side.
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