XP password expiration notice. A virus?

Posted: 01-31-2004, 09:47 PM
I have had XP Pro installed since last September. Yesterday at the end of
the bootup I received a message that said that "my password would expire in
14 more days, and do I want to set up a new password now" (or words to that
effect). This has never happened before.

I don't want or need an XP password, so I clicked YES and just hit return
for the old password, the new password, and the confirmation for the new
password.

I am hoping that I do not get this reminder again. Is this reminder normal,
or is it a virus?

In case this is a virus, I run updated versions of AVG and AdAware almost
daily - and they did not catch it (or maybe AdAware did, because it caught 7
items shortly afterwards).

Thanks for your responses.




XP password expiration notice. A virus?


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Kaylene aka Taurarian
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Re: XP password expiration notice. A virus?
Posted: 02-01-2004, 12:10 AM
1. Go to Start > Run and in the Open: box type control userpasswords2
2. Select the Advanced tab in the User Accounts window
3. Press the Advanced button below the Advanced user management header
4. Select Users in the Local Users and Groups
5. In the right pane, right-click the user name for which you want to change the
setting, and select Properties
6. On the General tab, check Password never expires
7. Click Apply and OK (all the way out)


"Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
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> I have had XP Pro installed since last September. Yesterday at the end of
> the bootup I received a message that said that "my password would expire in
> 14 more days, and do I want to set up a new password now" (or words to that
> effect). This has never happened before.
>
> I don't want or need an XP password, so I clicked YES and just hit return
> for the old password, the new password, and the confirmation for the new
> password.
>
> I am hoping that I do not get this reminder again. Is this reminder normal,
> or is it a virus?
>
> In case this is a virus, I run updated versions of AVG and AdAware almost
> daily - and they did not catch it (or maybe AdAware did, because it caught 7
> items shortly afterwards).
>
> Thanks for your responses.
>
>
>
>
Papa
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Re: XP password expiration notice. A virus?
Posted: 02-01-2004, 12:18 AM
I found the answer, and no, it is not a virus.. Thanks to Neil J. Rubenking
for his internet contribution on the subject. Here is his answer:

"Windows XP may notify you at log-on that your password will expire in a
number of days and ask whether you want to change it now. This behavior can
start months after your initial installation of Windows XP. Its purpose is
to help enforce password policies in a business environment, but if you
don't need that enforcement, it can be very annoying.

To turn off the warning, go to the Control Panel and launch the
Administrative Tools. If you happen to be using the Category view, look
under Performance and Maintenance. Next, launch the Local Security Policy
applet. In the left tree, double-click on Account Policies and then select
Password Policy. Find the item titled Maximum Password Age in the right-hand
pane and double-click on it. If you set this value to 0, your passwords will
never expire." END of QUOTE

For some reason I was unable to just click on the Administrative Tools icon
in the Control Panel. When I did, nothing happened. So I clicked on Start /
All Programs / Administrative Tools / Local Security Policy / Account
Policies / Password Policy. Then, as Mr. Rubenking suggested, I found the
item titled Maximum Password Age in the right-hand pane, double-clicked on
it, and then set the value to 0. As Mr. Rubenking said, doing this causes
your passwords to never expire again. By the way, the original value for
Maximum Password Age on my machine was 42 days.

Now I'll have to figure out why nothing happens when I click on the
Administrative Tools icon in the Control Panel.


Papa
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Re: XP password expiration notice. A virus?
Posted: 02-01-2004, 12:29 AM
Thank you very much. Just before you posted, I tried another method (see my
second post in this thread), and I hope it does the same thing you
suggested - because when I went to where you suggested, the "Password Never
Expires" option was already checked.

"Kaylene aka Taurarian" <taurarian@REMOVE_CAPS_hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:OUCeGfF6DHA.1052@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> 1. Go to Start > Run and in the Open: box type control userpasswords2
> 2. Select the Advanced tab in the User Accounts window
> 3. Press the Advanced button below the Advanced user management header
> 4. Select Users in the Local Users and Groups
> 5. In the right pane, right-click the user name for which you want to
change the
> setting, and select Properties
> 6. On the General tab, check Password never expires
> 7. Click Apply and OK (all the way out)
>
>
> "Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
> news:%23DkREPE6DHA.1596@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> > I have had XP Pro installed since last September. Yesterday at the end
of
> > the bootup I received a message that said that "my password would expire
in
> > 14 more days, and do I want to set up a new password now" (or words to
that
> > effect). This has never happened before.
> >
> > I don't want or need an XP password, so I clicked YES and just hit
return
> > for the old password, the new password, and the confirmation for the new
> > password.
> >
> > I am hoping that I do not get this reminder again. Is this reminder
normal,
> > or is it a virus?
> >
> > In case this is a virus, I run updated versions of AVG and AdAware
almost
> > daily - and they did not catch it (or maybe AdAware did, because it
caught 7
> > items shortly afterwards).
> >
> > Thanks for your responses.
> >
> >
> >
> >
>

Kaylene aka Taurarian
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Re: XP password expiration notice. A virus?
Posted: 02-01-2004, 12:46 AM
That's because you've already checked it via another method.
The main thing is, the never expire has been checked.

"Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
news:eStaapF6DHA.2404@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> Thank you very much. Just before you posted, I tried another method (see my
> second post in this thread), and I hope it does the same thing you
> suggested - because when I went to where you suggested, the "Password Never
> Expires" option was already checked.
>
> "Kaylene aka Taurarian" <taurarian@REMOVE_CAPS_hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:OUCeGfF6DHA.1052@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> > 1. Go to Start > Run and in the Open: box type control userpasswords2
> > 2. Select the Advanced tab in the User Accounts window
> > 3. Press the Advanced button below the Advanced user management header
> > 4. Select Users in the Local Users and Groups
> > 5. In the right pane, right-click the user name for which you want to
> change the
> > setting, and select Properties
> > 6. On the General tab, check Password never expires
> > 7. Click Apply and OK (all the way out)
> >
> >
> > "Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
> > news:%23DkREPE6DHA.1596@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> > > I have had XP Pro installed since last September. Yesterday at the end
> of
> > > the bootup I received a message that said that "my password would expire
> in
> > > 14 more days, and do I want to set up a new password now" (or words to
> that
> > > effect). This has never happened before.
> > >
> > > I don't want or need an XP password, so I clicked YES and just hit
> return
> > > for the old password, the new password, and the confirmation for the new
> > > password.
> > >
> > > I am hoping that I do not get this reminder again. Is this reminder
> normal,
> > > or is it a virus?
> > >
> > > In case this is a virus, I run updated versions of AVG and AdAware
> almost
> > > daily - and they did not catch it (or maybe AdAware did, because it
> caught 7
> > > items shortly afterwards).
> > >
> > > Thanks for your responses.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
>
>
Papa
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Re: XP password expiration notice. A virus?
Posted: 02-01-2004, 12:55 AM
Thanks again. I just wasn't sure that it was the method I used that caused
that option to be checked - because I didn't actually see the option with
the little square box to the left of it when I went through the process. All
I saw at that time was the "Maximum Password Age" and a corresponding value,
42, which I changed to 0.

"Kaylene aka Taurarian" <taurarian@REMOVE_CAPS_hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:eyALNzF6DHA.2264@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> That's because you've already checked it via another method.
> The main thing is, the never expire has been checked.
>
> "Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
> news:eStaapF6DHA.2404@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> > Thank you very much. Just before you posted, I tried another method (see
my
> > second post in this thread), and I hope it does the same thing you
> > suggested - because when I went to where you suggested, the "Password
Never
> > Expires" option was already checked.
> >
> > "Kaylene aka Taurarian" <taurarian@REMOVE_CAPS_hotmail.com> wrote in
message
> > news:OUCeGfF6DHA.1052@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> > > 1. Go to Start > Run and in the Open: box type control userpasswords2
> > > 2. Select the Advanced tab in the User Accounts window
> > > 3. Press the Advanced button below the Advanced user management header
> > > 4. Select Users in the Local Users and Groups
> > > 5. In the right pane, right-click the user name for which you want to
> > change the
> > > setting, and select Properties
> > > 6. On the General tab, check Password never expires
> > > 7. Click Apply and OK (all the way out)
> > >
> > >
> > > "Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
> > > news:%23DkREPE6DHA.1596@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> > > > I have had XP Pro installed since last September. Yesterday at the
end
> > of
> > > > the bootup I received a message that said that "my password would
expire
> > in
> > > > 14 more days, and do I want to set up a new password now" (or words
to
> > that
> > > > effect). This has never happened before.
> > > >
> > > > I don't want or need an XP password, so I clicked YES and just hit
> > return
> > > > for the old password, the new password, and the confirmation for the
new
> > > > password.
> > > >
> > > > I am hoping that I do not get this reminder again. Is this reminder
> > normal,
> > > > or is it a virus?
> > > >
> > > > In case this is a virus, I run updated versions of AVG and AdAware
> > almost
> > > > daily - and they did not catch it (or maybe AdAware did, because it
> > caught 7
> > > > items shortly afterwards).
> > > >
> > > > Thanks for your responses.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> >
>

Papa
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Re: XP password expiration notice. A virus?
Posted: 02-01-2004, 08:19 PM
Just to add a little more info, I reset "Maximum Password Age" to 42 by
using the system restore function. Then I rebooted and checked the "Password
Never Expires" option and it was STILL checked. So the 2 different
procedures seem to conflict somehow. What a head-scratcher!

"Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
news:uvdLF4F6DHA.2064@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
> Thanks again. I just wasn't sure that it was the method I used that caused
> that option to be checked - because I didn't actually see the option with
> the little square box to the left of it when I went through the process.
All
> I saw at that time was the "Maximum Password Age" and a corresponding
value,
> 42, which I changed to 0.
>
> "Kaylene aka Taurarian" <taurarian@REMOVE_CAPS_hotmail.com> wrote in
message
> news:eyALNzF6DHA.2264@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> > That's because you've already checked it via another method.
> > The main thing is, the never expire has been checked.
> >
> > "Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
> > news:eStaapF6DHA.2404@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> > > Thank you very much. Just before you posted, I tried another method
(see
> my
> > > second post in this thread), and I hope it does the same thing you
> > > suggested - because when I went to where you suggested, the "Password
> Never
> > > Expires" option was already checked.
> > >
> > > "Kaylene aka Taurarian" <taurarian@REMOVE_CAPS_hotmail.com> wrote in
> message
> > > news:OUCeGfF6DHA.1052@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> > > > 1. Go to Start > Run and in the Open: box type control
userpasswords2
> > > > 2. Select the Advanced tab in the User Accounts window
> > > > 3. Press the Advanced button below the Advanced user management
header
> > > > 4. Select Users in the Local Users and Groups
> > > > 5. In the right pane, right-click the user name for which you want
to
> > > change the
> > > > setting, and select Properties
> > > > 6. On the General tab, check Password never expires
> > > > 7. Click Apply and OK (all the way out)
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > "Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
> > > > news:%23DkREPE6DHA.1596@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> > > > > I have had XP Pro installed since last September. Yesterday at the
> end
> > > of
> > > > > the bootup I received a message that said that "my password would
> expire
> > > in
> > > > > 14 more days, and do I want to set up a new password now" (or
words
> to
> > > that
> > > > > effect). This has never happened before.
> > > > >
> > > > > I don't want or need an XP password, so I clicked YES and just hit
> > > return
> > > > > for the old password, the new password, and the confirmation for
the
> new
> > > > > password.
> > > > >
> > > > > I am hoping that I do not get this reminder again. Is this
reminder
> > > normal,
> > > > > or is it a virus?
> > > > >
> > > > > In case this is a virus, I run updated versions of AVG and AdAware
> > > almost
> > > > > daily - and they did not catch it (or maybe AdAware did, because
it
> > > caught 7
> > > > > items shortly afterwards).
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks for your responses.
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> >
>
>

 
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