How to Tell if Someone Has Accessed PC Without Permission

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Ali, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Ali

    Ali Guest

    Anyone know of a way to see if someone has accessed my PC when I wasn't

    For example, if there a log file somewhere that shows the date and time that
    the computer was last booted up?
    Ali, Oct 19, 2007
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  2. Sort of. Go to Control Panel, Administrative, then Event Viewer. Under
    Windows Logs, System, scroll down the list which will be probably huge
    looking for just plain information tags that start with the little 'i'
    icon where a whole bunch appear one after another within a minute or
    so of each other that should log when somebody booted the system.

    For example on my install of Vista Business if I look in the Event Log
    the first "event" is always:

    "Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 6.00. 6000 Multiprocessor Free."

    Showing the date and time I first boot up in the morning. During the
    day a whole sh*t load of information is also logged to the event logs.
    Most that begin with 'information' are useless.

    If you want more detailed monitoring there are all kinds of Net Nanny
    type "spy" applications that can track down to the keystroke level.
    Mostly intended for parents wishing to spy on their kids. <wink>

    Many corporations these days also spy on their employees. So if you
    wonder why your boss has the door to his office shut and you don't
    hear any moaning or some such sounds indicating something else might
    be going on, could be he/she is snooping on what employees are doing
    on the Internet.
    Adam Albright, Oct 19, 2007
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  3. Check the Event Viewer, check under System
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Oct 19, 2007
  4. You can also use Parental Controls to setup when your computer should be
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Oct 19, 2007
  5. Ali

    Ali Guest

    Perfect, cheers.
    Ali, Oct 19, 2007
  6. Ali

    Mick Murphy Guest

    Instead of looking after the intrusion, put a password on your account.
    Saves wasting everyone's time, doesn't it?
    Mick Murphy, Oct 19, 2007
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