okay. this is going to sound weird, i guess, because i cannot find any information on it online, and my ISP's tech agents hadn't heard of it either.
it is not a current issue as i reset my laptop and that resolved it.
one day, i decided to check to see what my IP address was, and it was not one owned by my ISP, which only operates in two states.
i did a whois on the address and found it owned by an entity in a different, distant state, and one that had nothing to do with my ISP, which was verified to be the case when i spoke to my ISP's techs.
and no, i wasn't using one of the two VPNs i use--and when i DO use them, i usually choose to use a different country.
nor was i using TOR.
i flushed the dns and did an ipconfig /reset and /renew, etc. nothing helped.
the next day, i had an entirely new IP address, this one owned by a different entity.
reperformed the aforementioned procedures. again, nothing changed.
as i said, i reset my laptop and now my IP address shows as the one assigned by my ISP.
why and how would something like this happen?? was i hacked? was someone keeping track of everything i did online??
i dd keep a record of the strange IP addresses, if it might be of any interest.
figured this was the place to ask, and hope i posted on the correct forum.
any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by circe801, 01 November 2016 - 04:23 PM.