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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-26-2006, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Question - remotely accessing a PC

My aunt swears someone is on her personal laptop's network and can remotely access her PC.

A few questions - does it have to be turned on to do this? does it have to be connected to the internet? can it be turned on and / or off remotely?

These may be stupid questions, but she wanted me to try to find her some answers.

I remotely access my PC in my office from my laptop, but my office PC has to be turned on, access enabled, and I do it via NetMeeting with the IP... other than that I am not real clear on remote accessing.

Also - how do you ensure that people can NOT access your PC remotely and change the administrator password?

Thanks in advance!
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Make sure remote desktop is turned off and scan the pc for virus, spyware, rootkits, RAT, etc.

Some standard ways to remote access a pc and some other not so standard

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Make sure remote desktop is turned off and scan the pc for virus, spyware, rootkits, RAT, etc.

Some standard ways to remote access a pc and some other not so standard

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does it have to be connected to the internet?
Yes, or I should say at least to a LAN.
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Unplug the ethernet cable when not in use, unless of course it's wireless. Hell pull the battery and unplug it if she's that worried.

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Like they said but there is no way to power or access most home pc's while powered off.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-03-2006, 09:58 AM
 
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depends on what her setup is. with a virus she could simply have a trojan thats granting access to anyone who knows what they are doing.

if she has wireless she needs to secure her network. put a network key in with the wireless router on a WEP configuration.

right click on my computer and go to the remote tab and make sure its set to not allow remote access.

having protection doesn't mean that you can't get into it from an RDP connection. firewalls and things like that can have set up rdp connections for servers, etc. which means they can have it for your computer as well, i do the same shit with my work server when i need to retrieve something.

hope this helps.
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Unless your mom is working for the CIA, or has a crazy BF/Husband ( that might have a reason! ) looking via her shit, then tell her to STFU. Anyone who would want something off her computer is going to get it. if she has nothing of value, no one is going to waste their time.

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Also, go into the BIOS and disable WAKE ON LAN... We wake up our computers all the time to push software or updates... the computer comes on, installs the updates and then shuts back down... most of the time, the users dont even know it happened...

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