Well THANKS for nothing, Kevin!
I should have known I would get a smart aleck reply from a "genius" like
you, but I had hopes someone with a LITTLE compassion would give me a
I don't think he meant badly - you seemed to be expressing concern
abotu something you found on your pc, he suggested that unless
something wasn't working, you shouldn't worry.
It's broke if it isn't working isn't it?
What is? You didn't mention anything not working, you described a
situation and asked for help, even though there was nothing in
particular in the situation you described that sounded like a problem.
I have no idea what ASPNET does or why I have it, but I figure if it hasn't
been used and some details are missing, my system probably needs it.
ASP.NET is a technology for making websites. It uses a user account
(usually called ASPNET) - I'm not familiar with Belarc but I imagine
it's simply listing the user accounts it's found on your PC.
Obviously a reputable firm like Belarc would not point out the discrepency if
it weren't "broke".
Does it say that there's a problem, or is it simply listing the
accounts on the PC?
ok...I've just installed and run Belarc Advisor. It displays a lot of
information - a list of hard disk drives, a list of communication
ports, a list of software licenses. The reputable firm of Belarc has
listed these things, even though they aren't "broke". In fact, Belarc
Advisor does seem to have anything to do with "broke" things - it's a
PC Audit utility - it lists information about your PC.
Amongst the lists, there is a list of users. Some of the "users"
listed are the usernames I log onto the PC with - there is
"administrator", which I use when I need to fix things, and "pj",
which I use normally. There are a number of other users listed - but
these aren't regular user accounts (i.e. usernames of people who log
in at the keyboard), they are what's called "system accounts". You
see, in Windows XP (and most other modern Operating Systems),
everything that is done has to be done by an entity called a "user".
So if I start a word processor, it's being run by the user "pj". "pj"
has certain rights - certain things it can do, and certain
I have a number of system accounts - e.g. "IUSR_MCKENNA". I run a web
server on my PC, and when someone connects to it with a browser, they
are doing something on my PC, so, by the principle mentioned above,
some "user" has to be involved - that user is "IUSR_MCKENNA" - a user
with very few rights. Next to that username, in the column labelled
"last logon", it says "never". This is because that user isn't a
person, and so has never logged on at the keyboard.
There are a few other accounts like that - SUPPORT_388945a0,
HelpAssistant and a couple of others.
Isn't there anyone in this organization who will offer a HELPING hand. I am
sick of people like "Kevin Spencer" who say they are a Mvp for Microsoft. I
can't believe Bill Gates would have someone so crass in his organization.
There are a lot of people in newsgroups who have a lot of knowledge
and spend a lot of time trying to help. Because they don't want to
spend all of their lives answering questiosn, there is a sort of
culture of terseness - it isn't people being rude or flippant
(usually), it's just people being quick and to the point. There's a
certain amount of responsibility on the person who asks the question -
you must pose your question clearly. I've explained at length, because
I wasn't sure what it was you were worried about. I'm guessing that
what you meant was:
"this program has reported this information - I'm worried about it,
the red crosses seem to indicate that something is broken - is that
but it's just a guess.
if you're new to asking questions on usenet, you might want to read
which explains a little bit about the culture of usenet, and how to
get the answers you want.