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#1 ruger18

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 12:48 PM

If someone had access to my home computer, could they set it up so that they could view everything I'm doing on their home computer. Also could they activate the camera.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 12:51 PM

Yes.


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Posted 12 May 2015 - 01:07 PM

Yes. They could install what we call a "RAT" (Remote Administration Tool), which are backdoor-trojans, and then they could do whatever they want on your system, remotely. It would take a few seconds to drop the stub and execute it.

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 02:50 PM

Thanks for your help.

Follow-up question. Would a reasonably good computer repair shop be able to remove it?



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Posted 12 May 2015 - 03:30 PM

There's a difference between general troubleshooting and malware removal. I know a lot of technicians that know only how to run automated scans, not how to check for infection signs or make sure that it's gone. Low level backdoor-trojans can be removed quite easily in my experience, but it's always down to the experience of the person that removes it. If you believe that you are infected with a malware, I would rather post in the malware removal section of BleepingComputer and get assisted there, rather than go to a repair shop, pay a lot of money for an uncertain result.

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 07:08 PM

What makes you think someone has access to your computer?
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Posted 13 May 2015 - 03:32 AM

Thanks for your help.

Follow-up question. Would a reasonably good computer repair shop be able to remove it?

 

Computer repair shops are costly and some of them don't even finish the job off.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 07:35 PM

Restoring from a system image made before a computer got into an attacker's hands, or fully reinstalling windows should be able to remove any RAT like malware. A computer reapir shop could do a clean install for you, or If you have system images already made then they could restore you to one of those, but you could do either of these yourself for free rather than paying a shop. The malware removal section of this forum will let you tell if anyone has put anything nasty on your machine, whereas simply restoring from an image or fully reinstalling now won't ever give you answers as to whether you had been infected. Set up a thread in the malware removal section of this forum, see if anyone can find anything that indicates an infection, if they can't you're probably ok, if they can then either they can take you though removal steps, or you can use a system image or reinstall media (if you have either) to start from fresh. NOTE: infections can be put on remotely as well as by people with physical access to your machine, attackers from across the internet could control your camera, not only people with physical access. Without very careful checking of log files, file dates and times and things like that it might not be possible to tell how an infection (if you have one) arrived.
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