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does someone have remote access to my laptop [Closed]

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Please tell me what to do!!! My PC has been slow lately especially when connected to the internet and when using chrome....I noticed this for a few months, ran scans, didn't fix really. Passed it off as hardware or overheating. Now I'm thinking that might have been foolish!! What happened today freaked me the heck out!!

Here's what happened

I just bought an external mic yesterday to record vocals. Well today I right clicked the playback devices icon and went to recording tab...and I noticed that the onboard mic was on too. Green level indicators and everything. I'm thinking maybe a line in setting was on. So I google "on board laptop mic always on." I end up on a page reading about how hackers can remotely monitor your mic. WELL THEN THE MIC TURNED OFF BY ITS SELF. What the...? I didn't touch a thing and now there's no green lighting up on that mic icon when I make a noise. Then it gets weirder. 15 min later It turns back on......I didn't touch a thing. Pls help me understand what is going on. Cause if I didn't know better id think someone was monitoring my desktop, audio, and sites I was looking at.

Am I being rightfully paranoid? I don't know. But I do know I'm posting this from my phone and using different wifi.

Please advise before I freak out more. Please tell me I'm not in an Orwellian skit right now.

Much appreciated folks.
Freaked out guy
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Hi. My name is Brian, and I will be happy to assist. In my opinion you can never be too careful.


I am currently in training and my posts will need to be reviewed by an expert, so expect a slight delay between posts.

- General Instructions -

  • Please read all instructions and fixes thoroughly. Read the ENTIRE post BEFORE performaning any steps so you understand all that needs to be done.
  • I would advise printing any instructions for easy reference as some of the fixes may require you to boot in Safe mode. Access to these instructions may not be available in Safe Mode.
  • Any fixes provided by myself are for this log file only and should not be used on any other systems.
  • Do not run any other removal software or perform updates other than the ones I provide, as it will complicate the cleaning process.
  • You have 4 days to reply to each post or the topic will be closed. You will be able to request that the topic be re-opened by sending me a PM (Personal Message) or PM a moderator.
  • Please feel free to ask any questions, especially if you are having problems with my instructions.

- Save ALL Tools to your Desktop-


All tools that I have you download should be placed on the desktop unless otherwise stated. If you are familiar with how to save files to the desktop then you can skip this step.


Since you are continuing with this step then I assume you are unfamiliar with saving files to your desktop. As a result it's easiest if you configure your browser(s) to download any tools to the desktop by default. Please use the appropriate instructions below depending on the browser you are using.

Chrome.JPGGoogle Chrome - Click the "Customize and control Google Chrome" button in the upper right-corner of the browser.Settings.JPG Choose Settings. at the bottom of the screen click the
"Show advanced settings..." link. Scroll down to find the Downloads section and click the Change... button. Select your desktop and click OK.

Firefox.JPGMozilla Firefox - Click the "Open Menu" button in the upper right-corner of the browser. Settings.JPG Choose Options. In the downloads section, click the Browse button, click on the Desktop folder
and the click the "Select Folder" button. Click OK to get out of the Options menu.

IE.jpgInternet Explorer - Click the Tools menu in the upper right-corner of the browser. Tools.JPG Select View downloads. Select the Options link in the lower left of the window. Click Browse and
select the Desktop and then choose the Select Folder button. Click OK to get out of the download options screen and then click Close to get out of the View Downloads screen.

NOTE: IE8 Does not support changing download locations in this manner. You will need to download the tool(s) to the default folder, usually Downloads, then copy them to the desktop.


- Finally Before We Start-


Removing malware is a complicated multiple step process, Please stay with me until I have declared your system clean. I strongly recommend you backup your personal files and folders. Although rare, attempting to remove malware can render your machine unbootable or cause data loss. Having backups of your data is your responsibility. Your security programs may give warnings for some of the tools I will ask you to use. Be assured, any links I give are safe.




Fresh Set of Logs Needed
Let's begin. Please follow the steps below.
1. Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your Desktop.
    Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them.
    Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.
2. Right click on the file and select Run as administrator (If you don't have this option simply double-click the file to open). When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
3. Press Scan button.
4. It will produce a log called FRST.txt in the same directory the tool is run from (which should be the desktop)
5. Please copy and paste log back here.
6. The first time the tool is run it generates another log (Addition.txt - also located in the same directory as FRST.exe). Please also paste that along with the FRST.txt into your reply.
     Note: Please do not attach any logs unless specifically requested. It's easier if you simply copy and paste them into your reply. It's OK if you have to use more than one post to do so.



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