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Former Employer Spyware Still Active?


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#1 3_L7

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 11:39 AM

Through a separation agreement with my former employer,
I was allowed to take my work computer home and keep it.

Its nothing special.
System:
Windows XP Professional 2002 Service Pack 3
2.53 GHz, 2 GB of Ram.

While employed, my former employer ran "Monitoring" software.
Taking pics of employees screens every few seconds etc...
I thought that there was some program doing this, but recently
someone told me it may be a web-based monitoring system.
In which case they can acess my screen via the internet.

So here are my questions:
1) So how can I make sure my computer (Former work computer) is not being spyed on by former employer.

2) I still notice that my "Log On to Windows" dialogue box contains my former company name in the "Log on to:" entry area.
How can I change this?

Thank you,
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:12 PM

I believe the monitoring software is Spector Pro. Or some such thing.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 05:45 PM

Surest way is to do a clean reinstall to be sure no monitoring/ spy ware is active on the computer.

How to Find Spector Pro Files on a Computer | eHow.com

Edited by buddy215, 15 September 2012 - 05:52 PM.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 05:55 PM

ughhh...
The link states a launch of Task Manager and look
at the Processes tab for the following files
"winnetcl.exe," "webebot.exe," "winnetcl.exe," or "webebot.exe."
I do not have any of those.

Does that mean Spector Pro is not present on the computer?
In other words, are those files the only footprints of Spector Pro?

Thanks for the reply!
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Edited by 3_L7, 15 September 2012 - 06:12 PM.


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Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:07 PM

I posted a link in my first post that I added after the time you responded.
Check the files on your comp against those and if that is the monitoring program
I also found some instructions for removing it from your computer.
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:17 PM

More SP files and locations are listed in link below.
How to Get Rid of Spector Pro | eHow.com
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:40 PM

Hey Buddy,
I checked out the other links and again have no files that they reference.
Does that mean Spector Pro is not on my machine?

Also, I see via Kaspersky reporting that I have no incoming traffic for
the year other than massive incoming traffic throughout August and Sept.

What do you suppose that is from?

Thank you again,
3_L7

Edited by 3_L7, 15 September 2012 - 08:40 PM.


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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:05 AM

In addition to checking for SP,
I also want to change my user account from domain to local.
I checked online and the directions to do this conversion seem complex (To me).
Can someone help me with this task as well please?

I am just trying to sever any possible link to my former employer.
As mentioned in the first post, I still notice that my "Log On to Windows"
dialogue box contains my former company name in the "Log on to:" entry area.

Thank you,
3_L7

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:07 AM

To uninstall Spector Pro: This sounds TOO Simple ......... But it is given as one version -
Select File > Uninstall from the menu bar. A confirmation message appears asking if you are sure you want to remove Spector Pro from your computer.
Click No to cancel the uninstall, or Yes to uninstall the program.

I found this older link and added the disclaimer as part of the link >>>

Disclaimer: I cannot comment on the safety of using that automatic remover or the manual instructions.
There are quite a few sites that come up when you Google Spector removal - and I'm sure quite a few are pay-for software sites of dubious quality.


Totally ignore this part
>> Delete Spector automatically - Download Spyware Doctor

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 06:42 AM

Start a new topic in the Networking Forum. Networking

I still do think the best solution is to reinstall Windows and Programs....a clean install.
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”




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