I found a series of Windows logon events 4624 like this:

An account was successfully logged on.

    Security ID:        SYSTEM
    Account Name:       mycomputername$
    Account Domain:     WORKGROUP
    Logon ID:       0x3E7

Logon Information:
    Logon Type:     5
    Restricted Admin Mode:  -
    Virtual Account:        No
    Elevated Token:     Yes

Impersonation Level:        Impersonation

New Logon:
    Security ID:        SYSTEM
    Account Name:       SYSTEM
    Account Domain:     NT AUTHORITY
    Logon ID:       0x3E7
    Linked Logon ID:        0x0
    Network Account Name:   -
    Network Account Domain: -
    Logon GUID:     {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}

Process Information:
    Process ID:     0x3cc
    Process Name:       C:\Windows\System32\services.exe

Network Information:
    Workstation Name:   -
    Source Network Address: -
    Source Port:        -

Detailed Authentication Information:
    Logon Process:      Advapi  
    Authentication Package: Negotiate
    Transited Services: -
    Package Name (NTLM only):   -
    Key Length:     0

Each of them is followed by another 4672 event

Special privileges assigned to new logon.

    Security ID:        SYSTEM
    Account Name:       SYSTEM
    Account Domain:     NT AUTHORITY
    Logon ID:       0x3E7

Privileges:     SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege

From the looks of this, it seems that certain service or scheduled task is causing these logons. I tried to look into Windows Logs\Application and Windows Logs\System but found no event that happened at the same time of these logons. I am confused as to how to locate the service or task that is causing these logons. Any suggestions or hints are welcome. Thanks in advance!


The first event is documented by Microsoft in the article 4624(S): An account was successfully logged on.

The Logon Type is 5, which means "A service was started by the Service Control Manager". As recorded, the event was generated by C:\Windows\System32\services.exe which is the Services Control Manager, that is responsible for running, ending, and interacting with system services.

The subject system service is started with the SYSTEM account, which gives it basically unlimited powers, which causes the issuing of 4672(S): Special privileges assigned to new logon.

The logon process is marked as "advapi", which means that the logon was a Web-based logon through the IIS web server and the advapi process.

If you are not hosting IIS websites, this might mean that the computer is infected. See in this case How can I remove malicious spyware, malware, adware, viruses, trojans or rootkits from my PC. I counsel to at least do a deep scan using Malwarebytes.

If you do host IIS websites, you will need to find why some module is "impersonating", that means taking on the persona and permissions, of the SYSTEM account. This is highly suspicious and negates the isolation rules of websites from the host.


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