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Can what I write and visit REALLY be monitored?

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#1 rosalie


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Posted 28 March 2005 - 03:59 AM

Hello from Belgium !
A friend, living in another country, told me that he can see everything I type as well as know which site I have opened.
Now I feel like I can not work privately anymore on my computer at home. This is not a nice feeling.
I have the McAfee Antivirus 7.0 on my computer.
Now, is this really possible???????? And if yes, how do I know that? And how do I get rid of this?
Thanks for any help someone here could give me.
Regards from today as usual 'rainy' Belgium

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#2 Rimmer


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Posted 28 March 2005 - 06:56 AM

Hi Rosalie,
I'm not one of the site experts but I'll give you my opinion to start off:
Yes it is possible if your "friend" has installed a keystroke logger on your system or is hacking into your system while you are online.
You need not only Anti-virus but also a firewall and anti-spyware software installed and running. See the site tutorial on Internet safety here:
Also I think your McAfee is out of date, arn't they up to version 9 now? Anyway make sure it updates online or replace it with a current product.
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Posted 28 March 2005 - 08:25 AM

Unfortunately some trojans can allow this to happen. Some programs look for IP addresses and will allow others to take over computer if they so desire, much less get any of your personal information. Most of these types of hackers can be taken care of with Norton Anti-Virus protection. Suggest you stay off of the internet until you get a good virus protection and then update with the latest signatures before running it. There's a couple that you can run free to see if you have any intrusions. Don't know exactly where now but I've seen one that can be accessed through this website. Good Luck!

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Posted 28 March 2005 - 08:58 AM

As it has been said, it is possible for your friend to install a keylogger on your machine. Personally I dont consider a person who would do that a friend, but thats besides the point.

Run a couple of online virus scanners and see if anything is picked up. Here are a few good ones:


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Posted 29 March 2005 - 11:26 AM

Do not forget to make sure you have a firewall, which will prevent any strange program from "calling home" or sending out information without your approval.
Hopefully your "friend" was just making a joke.
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#6 Papakid


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Posted 29 March 2005 - 12:28 PM

Also you should know--

If you do actually have a keylogger installed there are two types; hardware and software. If your "friend" was ever physically present around you PC, he could have installed a hardware keylogger. These are easier to check for--trace the cord of your keyboard and make sure there is not a module plugged into it between you PC port (USB or PS2) and the cord.

As ncbo noted it is also possible your friend installed a trojan program that would give him control over your PC from a remote computer. It would probably include a software keylogger. I do disagree with ncbo that Norton or any other antivirus will be 100% effective against such threats. I've been told that the standard antivirus and antispyware programs have very limited success with keyloggers, mostly survellience software of a commercial nature. So you might want to look at this thread:

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