Thanks Usasma for pointing this out. After reading your post I went looking again and found not only the software that is used for remotely powering on a computer but some info for checking the bios settings. If these settings were not changed by riprip, is it possible that a hacker could acquire all the info "remotely" needed to use a tool as described below?
riprip---please let us know if the settings have been changed. A couple other questions come to mind--Did you purchase this computer as "new". Have you ever allowed remote access to your computer?http://www.solarwinds.net/Toolsets/Help/Ad...Wake-On-LAN.htm
SolarWinds Wake-On-LAN: Saving time and money by enabling engineers to remotely power on network PCs at no cost.
Need that one last document to finish a project from the beach but thoughtlessly shut down your work PC? With SolarWinds Wake-On-LAN utility, powering up a remote PC is no longer an issue. This is accomplished by the generation of a ďMagic Packet.Ē When the remote network adapter hears a Magic Packet created for itís unique MAC address the network adapter alerts the computer to power on. If Wake-On-LAN has been enabled in the computerís BIOS settings, the system will power on as if the power button had been pressed. This is because when a device is shut down, itís network interface card is still receiving power, and keeps listening on the network for a magic packet to arrive.