What is messing with my time sync settings?
(No idea if people here will answer this type of question, but I'm really worried about this and hoping someone can help.)
I noticed that my computer's time was 10 min slow, tried to sync it, sync didn't work, tried to start Windows Time Service but couldn't, so I went investigating W32Time. I got it to work by changing it from peer mode to client mode, re-registering it and restarting it but then noticed that many registry values for W32Time did not match the published defaults. Any ideas why they wouldn't? Is this dangerous?
My machine is running the latest updated version of XP.
Here's my reference for defaults:
Here's what I found, keys that don't match published defaults:
The default value on domain members is 900. The default value on stand-alone clients and workstations is 900. (Mine is 90)
Default is 0x1 reachability changes (Mine is 0)
Default it Yes 1 (Mine is 0)
The default value on domain members is 50000000. The default value on stand-alone clients and servers is 50000000. (Mine is 1280000)
The default value on domain members is 3. (I don't have any value.)
The default value for stand-alone clients and servers is 155860. (Mine is 156640.)
Default is time.windows.com,0x1. I added an entry for time.nist.gov,0x8 that appears to be working. I'd like to remove the time.windows.com,0x1 entry.
Also, there is no domain controller, and no group policy, but there are a bunch of additional registry flags that look like I there is, like:
and a few others.
Is this a security hole? Should I change these keys back to the defaults? Should I replace win32time.dll with a factory version? Most importantly, who or what is messing with my time services?
why did time sync stop by itself?
Hey, nihil, thanks for a quick and friendly response.
I'm not so worried about the time being wrong--it was more that the time sync service couldn't be started, and I couldn't even run W32Time.exe. These seem like crucial services that shouldn't be stopping and starting themselves whenever, or outside of my control. That's what has me worried!
Also, I do see other problems--every now and then, the screen flashes randomly (looks like an old school screen grab) and I get booted off of my chat server.