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How to check my computer for monitoring software?


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#1 b2012

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:15 AM

Hi,

 

I may have some type of monitoring software on my computer which was installed without my knowledge and permission. It may be by someone in my household if this is the case. How can I ensure that this is not the case without overwriting the HD and reinstalling Windows?

 

Also, I am using:

 

Kaspersky Pure 3.0

Malware-Bytes Anti-Malware (Free)

 

They all have come up clean, and I ran full scans w/ all of these.

 

Troubleshooting steps so far:

Completed a full scan w/ Pure and MBAM. No results.

Checked router interface and it showed no signs of emailing logs, etc.....

 

System Specs:

Windows 7 Pro x86 2GB RAM

AV: Kaspersky PURE 3.0

 

 

 

 



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:08 AM

Keylogging, surveillance and monitoring programs can have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorized user, business IT tech or administrator has knowingly installed them. Even a parent may use a keylogging program to record their children's online activities or a suspicious spouse might install one to keep track of their partner.

Since keylogging and monitoring programs can have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorized user has knowingly installed them, there can be potential legal ramifications when assisting someone with installing or removing these types of programs. Even a recommendation could be construed as a gray area some attorneys would not hesitate to explore in order to seek successful litigation. As such, most security forums will hesitate to get involved especially if the situation involves an employee/employer or domestic partner/parent dispute. Our response is not intended to imply that any specific situation invokes legal concerns, but merely that it is impossible for us to make the determination as to the computer's ownership and who has what authority in any given situation.

If you do not own the computer, the first thing to do is to speak with the owner. If the computer is yours, you should speak with the person you suspect may have installed the program. In either case, a simple Google search should yield the information you seek without jeopardizing a staff member of an Internet community help site. If you suspect a spouse or ex-spouse/partner and there is a history of abuse or violence, then you should contact local law enforcement authorities. Many police departments have a cyber crime unit which are staffed with experts who can examine your computer.
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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:19 PM

I have sole ownership of the computer (it's for personal use), it is not in anyway associated with a company nor has it ever been, I am single and have never been married or in a serious relationship where physical access to the machine would be available. I am also over the age of 18, but live in my parents house. The machine was purchased after I turned 18 by me. If you are unable to help, can you recommend any specific resources?

 

Will a secure erase and Reinstall of the OS delete it?


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 03:04 PM

Starting over by wiping your drive, reformatting, and performing a clean install of the OS removes everything.

What makes you suspect monitoring software is on your computer?
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