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Permanently disabling laptop webcam?


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#1 Lishy

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:07 AM

Hey guys. I'm the kind of guy who likes to keep his webcam permanently disabled until I use it. However, I'm facing an issue with my new laptop: When I disable my webcam in in Device Manager >>> Imaging Devices > USB2.0. UVC VGA WebCam, via Right click and Disable, sometimes the webcam mysteriously re-enables in my configuration!

This is recently formatted, so I know it's not a virus. It's probably my laptop itself.

Anyways, I'm still planning to use the webcam in the future, but for privacy concerns, I wish to make sure it's disabled for now. How can I do that?

My laptop is an Asus.

Edited by hamluis, 20 March 2012 - 12:20 PM.
Moved from External to Internal Hardware.


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Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:25 AM

What applications are you using when this happens? I know with Skype it automatically turns on when you first install it. MSN Live Messenger also does this.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:32 AM

Well I have just "reproduced" my problem, and it seems that for now, I can confirm restarting my computer re-enables the webcam (Hibernate does not, on the other hand)

To clarify, this is not an issue where my laptop is turned on with the light or anything. This is a issue of making it STAY disabled in Device Manager!

I googled and it said it has something to do with Asus Smartlogon, but I uninstalled that looong ago!

So what's re-enabling my camera, and how to I keep it disabled?

edit:
Seems to re-enable when I plug in my AC adapter too... So how the heck do I prevent that!? :S It seems to do this while on power4gear entertainment battery mode... Any Advice?

Edited by Lishy, 20 March 2012 - 10:32 AM.


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Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:18 PM

To disable it...I would look in the BIOS settings.

Disabling it there will prevent detection/drivers loading.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:11 PM

Good idea. How would I disable it in the BIOS?

It seems power4gear hybrid was enabling it, and I uninstalled that, but I still want an extra layer of protection(?) from my laptop being turned on, lol.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:15 PM

Can you provide us with the exact model number of your lap top?

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:33 PM

just put a piece of black tape over it when not in use


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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:39 PM

The only permanent foolproof method is to unplug the webcam from the motherboard. That usually requires at a minimum removing the keyboard.

Then you would either have to reconnect it to use it or get an external webcam.

For those reasons I second just put some black tape over it that you can remove when you need it. Also you might want to cover the microphone too.

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