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Ongoing issues possibly due to virus or remote connection? Please Help!
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Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:03PM
Hi there Thanks for letting me register. Im knew to these forums so please bear with me.
I would like to say that I know what Im doing with computers but I don't know anymore. Always been pretty good with them, can use one, set one up and make it do most things and even thought I understood connections etc (although dont know much about the background running of one)
I have Windows 7 on my laptop which I share with my husband. We both have a user account but both have admin rights.
However for the past few months I have witnessed numerous anomalies on my account from changes in desktop settings, unknown items appearing then disappearing. Access to email changing from straight forward log in or immediate access to consistently asking for password. Not refreshing emails or email programme has opened without me even thinking about checking them. I could go on and on, there are loads of other things but very subtle things. I just know that something is going on.
I have been doing some checking and research, done all the virus checks, had my step brother check all my settings which were secure, (although these keep changing sometimes now).
Obviuosly checked with my husband who doesnt seem concerned but assures me his user account has never changed and runs without any problems. I have never been able to get any concrete evidence although odd user/access/permissions/names etc have cropped up, I am not experienced enough to know what they mean.
However (sorry I will get to the point) over the last few days the connection to the laptop has been constantly dropping out. I have checked everything and it seems fine and works fine for Iphones etc. I have just been having a look again at our connection and it says computer connected to multiple connections.
First is our usual connection (BT Home Hub) fine with that one. Second is 'Wireless Network Connection 3' SSID: WIN-VIRNKE7FVQA-23780, Intel Wireless Pan. Network Type 'Access Point' and availability 'All Users'. I have seen this connection details before but never actually connected like this?
Any ideas? Could this be contributing to whatever is happening or am I seriously going mad as my husband believes.
Many thanks if anyone can help me. You could just save my sanity!
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Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:19PM
One useful app that runs on 7 is called 'A Really Small App. You run it minimized in system tray (notification area).
"A fun and free Really Small App showing Running Tasks, Current Startups, and CPU & Memory utilization graphs. A Really Small App also tells you if remote computers are connected to your PC. If you are part of a network and you share printers and files on your PC, then that figure may justifiably be higher than zero. Same story if other computers have been configured to connect to your PC via PCAnywhere, VNC, Remote Desktop (RDP), or similar. In most other cases, however, a figure higher than zero is something you need to be worried about as it is highly likely to indicate the presence of Trojan viruses, spyware, or adware. "
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Posted November 3, 2012 at 1:31PM
A PC is normally only connect to a router and then to other machines via the router.
It is possible that ICS internet connection sharing is ticked and another computer is using that to connect through but again would need to know the wireless key to connect.
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