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To learn more about PC TimeWatch please read the information bellow.


Emergency mode


As soon as PC TimeWatch detects an anomaly (for example an attempt at tampering with its data), it switches to a special mode called emergency mode. This causes the current Windows session to be immediately terminated (unless the current user is the PC TimeWatch Manager or an administrator). Then, and until the anomaly has been removed - see Recovery instructions -, only the PC TimeWatch Manager and users belonging to the Administrators group will be allowed to run a Windows session. In normal mode, users belonging to the Administrators group can be restricted as long as they are not the PC TimeWatch Manager..


System time


It is essential for PC TimeWatch that the system time be accurate. Under NT and above, the system administrator can prevent any user from tampering with the system time. Under Win98 and Millennium, you cannot do anything about that.


So PC TimeWatch has its own mechanism to update the system time if an anomaly has been detected. This mechanism uses the system's Internet connection (if any) to update the system time. However, if the system is not currently connected, no attempt will be made to connect. That is, PC TimeWatch itself should never cause a dial-up dialog to popup. This protection can be enhanced on NT based systems. See Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP / Vista / 7 users .


Again, it's obvious that PC TimeWatch cannot work correctly if the system date and time have been tampered with or are not accurate. You must at least make sure that the current date and time of your system are correct. Please do that now by using the Date and Time applet in the Windows Control Panel.


Depending on your version of Windows, it will be more or less easy to prevent the user from tampering with the system time. The above mentioned mechanism is able to detect unwanted changes made by the user to the system date and time even if no Internet connexion is available.


A problem can occur if the system time is wrong when the PC TimeWatch service starts, and the user wants to reset the time manually. This can happen on some laptops that do not reset the system clock upon restart from standby mode. When the user tries to reset the time, the PC TimeWatch Clock Monitor sets it back to what it was. If the system time needs to be reset, the PC TimeWatch Manager can turn off the system time monitor in the Options dialog. As soon as the system time has been reset, the system time monitor should be turned back on.


Default user under Windows 9x


Under Windows 98/Millennium, there's always a user named Default. This user is not a real user. However, the settings specified for this user will apply when Windows 98/Millennium is used in "no login/no profile" mode or when the user bypasses the login window by using the Esc key, which you can't avoid under these systems. In such situations, the same settings (those defined for the Default user) will apply to any user including the PC TimeWatch Manager, because you will not be identified as such. This is why we do not recommend using PC TimeWatch when profiles are disabled.