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Possible unwanted remote access to my computer.


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#1 G2idlock

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 12:49 AM

So recently I've noticed my webcam on after being away for the day at work, and interestingly enough, a simple restart turns it off. I do run skype from time to time, but every time i finish a call I make sure it is off. But as of recently I've been coming back from extended leaves to my webcam with the "in use" light on.

I've tried with MWB and my antivirus to find any sort of weird intrusion, and to my surprise, there is nothing so far.

I've turned off remote access as a precautionary action.

So is there a way to guarantee that I am not being watched and that my personal information is not being compromised?

Thanks, Grid.


Wrong Thread, can we please move it to "Security" in its corresponding place?


Edited by hamluis, 24 July 2014 - 09:17 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Gen Security - Hamluis.


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 12:31 PM

What is your computer and what is your OS?


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 12:36 PM

Computer is a personal build.

And the operating systems is Windows 7 Proffesional.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 12:40 PM

So your webcam is not buildin? Just connected via external USB connector?


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 12:57 PM

Yep, but it becomes a pain to have to unplug it every time from the back of the dektop. (it's under my desk)



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 01:07 PM

This strange behavior doesn't necessarily mean your machine is compromised.

 

I suggest you take a look at the Windows event log (system) to see if there are any events regarding your webcam.

 

If you fear an infection, you can also read the pinned posts in Security / Am I infected? What do I do? and then post about your problem. But if you do, then refrain from posting in other threats about your problem.

 

As a temporary workaround, disconnecting your webcam is a good solution. You can buy a USB extension cable, so that you don't have to reach the back of your desktop.

Or put something on the camera like a baseball cap, although this will not impair the microphone.


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 01:13 PM

Will do,

 

Thank you.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 01:24 PM

No problem.


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 01:49 AM

My suggestion is to turn off your computer if you go out for a long time. It will save electricity, help environment and increase your computer's life. If you keep your PC turned on because you use remote access to access your files, then it is better to have a cloud storage service for that.






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