Knowing that someone is watching your computer is scary, but perhaps even scarier not knowing how to tell if this is happening at all. But it does happen, and it can very well happen to you if you don’t actively block it.
If someone is watching your computer, they may have been doing this for some time and could see a lot of what you are doing. They may have stolen the passwords you entered, the bank details you opened in your browser, the photos stored on the phone you connected the list goes on.
If you believe that your computer has been compromised and everything you do is tracked and / or tracked, keep reading to learn how to check that your computer is under control and what to do to stop it.
Important: if you already know that someone is actively monitoring your computer right now , if you disconnect from the Internet, their connection will be immediately terminated. If you can, do so, and then read this page to find out what you can do without the Internet to prevent remote access to you the next time you connect to the Internet.
Is my computer monitored?
Below are a few methods to find out if your computer is being tracked.
Use an anti-spyware program
One of the best ways – and also a preventive measure – is to install an anti-spyware program. They detect spyware, but also usually everything from open network ports to webcam monitoring, and they not only detect these things, they also actively block them.
Council. You can also block access to your webcam from your web browser.
Here are some good options:
You will receive a notification every time the program detects a violation, and usually you can either turn on blocking so that it does not happen again, or you will be informed that the program has already blocked it for you.
For example, if a keylogger sent your keystrokes to a hacker in another country, the anti-spyware tool will most likely block it and then inform you about it.
Council. It is recommended that you install a free trial version of the program you choose from the list above. They are all free for the most part, but if you want more features (one of which might detect remote monitoring of your computer), you might want the full version. Installing the trial version gives you an idea of ??the additional features.
View active Internet connections
The next best way to find out if someone is watching your computer is to view all active connections your computer is making to something on the Internet.
TCPView is a great way to do this on Windows. This is pretty straightforward as you can see which process on your computer is connected to a specific remote address. Since there can be many entries here, it is best to close your web browser and stop as much internet activity as possible. Then sort the list by remote port to find anything out of place.
If TCPView shows that your computer is being monitored remotely, right click on the process to end the connection and then do a little research to see how it got to your computer so you know how to remove it permanently.
Wireshark packet analyzer is another option that also works on Mac, but the learning curve is quite high.
Check open ports
Your computer connects to the Internet through network ports. These are usually ports 80, 21, and 443. But depending on what you have installed on your computer and whether you have configured port forwarding rules, there may be many more ports open.
The problem with a lot of open ports (or ones you don’t use) is that someone can use them to remotely communicate with your computer to send / receive viruses and other files, passwords, images, etc. < / p>
Use a port tester like this to scan the ports on your network You can close the ports by logging into your router or blocking them with a firewall.
Tip: The router can monitor and control internet activity. If you are a network administrator and want to do this, be sure to check out this article.
View installed programs
A common way to monitor a computer remotely is through the use of malware. Perhaps you installed a program that you fully intend to use or that you actively use, or maybe the program was installed as a package and you don’t even know that it is there.
In any case, you should check the currently installed programs. If there are applications you don’t know or programs you no longer use, uninstall them immediately. One of the best ways to do this is by using IObit Uninstaller
Check Wi-Fi Security
Not all Wi-Fi networks require a password, especially public hotspots If you are using a laptop or desktop computer with Wi-Fi, check the network you are connected to to make sure it is secure.
While this doesn’t quite immediately explain that your computer is being tracked, it makes it more likely that you don’t need a password to use it. An open, unencrypted Wi-Fi network means that someone else on that network is much more likely to see that you are connected to it and monitor your wireless traffic in order to collect things like passwords you enter into websites. images you upload online, etc.
See How to view saved Wi-Fi passwords in Windows for how to find the area of ??Windows that displays Wi-Fi security.
Your computer might need to be monitored
Isn’t that a terrible thought! It is important to understand that depending on your situation, there may be rules that require monitoring of your activities. If so, there is probably little you can do to stop it.
For example, if you use a computer at work, there probably is an employee monitoring policy that must be followed for security purposes. This could mean that they are monitoring not only what you do on the network, but also what connects to your computer, what programs you open, how often you use each application, how often your computer goes to sleep, and td
If this happens to you, there is probably little you can do because you probably cannot install anti-tracking software or uninstall programs from your computer.
Companies often include proprietary spyware blockers, virus detectors, and other tools to protect all computers and other company assets. So you probably don’t need to worry about installing anything on your computer (unless you work in the IT department) if you are worried about external monitoring while you work.