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Someone gained remote access to my machine

Q: Someone gained remote access to my machine

As someone who is working towards a bachelors degree in computer networking, I have a half decent understanding (or so I thought) of how the internet works. But today... today my mind was blown. I knowingly downloaded something for a game that was a bit sketchy, fully aware that there was a 90% chance a keylogger came packaged with it, didn't concern me that much. I tend to be a bit reckless with my machine because just about every virus I've ever come across I can take care of with relative ease (and heck virus removal offers a weird thrill). Throw in a Hiren's boot CD, run trusty old MBAM, TDSS killer etc. and smash malware with an iron fist. Not to mention I tend to re install my OS every two months because I make such a mess of my file system I figure its best I start anew, and continue to dump everything to desktop.
So here's the story of what happened today, I'm playing my game and having a blast when all of a sudden it closes. I figure "Hey, the game just crashed that's pretty lame". Upon attempt to run the game again and log in I was confronted with a "Password is incorrect" message, at this point I knew what was going on, got keylogged and someone was in the process of trying to cause havoc with the account. I giggled a bit, then proceeded to go to the website and push a password reset request through my email, since the email had a different password I wasn't too concerned. Upon logging into my email to confirm the password reset, I saw another email sent to confirm the change of email on the account, which I did not request. A fraction of a second later, my display did a brief reset and returned to normal, except for the fact that I was no longer in control of my mouse and keyboard, someone else had taken that liberty. It took me a second to realize what was happening and I reached over and smashed that power button on my tower down. But it was to late, they swiftly used a ctrl+c and ctrl+v combo to paste the link to change the account email into the URL bar. I was flabbergasted and staring at my powered down computer for a minute. I was shocked.. and impressed.
Upon power on I booted into safemode, checked msconfig to find a svchost.exe located in the startup folder and knew that it was the culprit. Proceeded to update MBAM and run a full scan. Checked processes in task manager and checked the location of all the svchost.exe processes and found the baddie in c:\users\username\AppData\Roaming, and killed the process. I let MBAM finish scanning and sure enough detected that file and a couple others in the same directory, deleted those, then checked the folder myself and deleted some other files that shouldn't have been there. The system option to enable Remote Assistance was also enabled in control panel, so I disabled that nonsense. Looked to be some visual basic files. Ran TDSS and Rkill with nothing to report.
So that's about it, ran netstat and TCP view to check active connections and didn't see anything foreign, just stuff coming from the loopback address etc. As for my account it's long gone, but I didn't really care about it.
So I'm baffled. How is it so easy to exploit Remote Assistance? Not to mention I'm on my college network which has a pretty giant network topology to crawl through, with what I would assume contains a multitude of security devices. I'm just trying to make sense of this all. In addition, If you have any suggestions to make sure I'm back to where I want to be security wise I'm all ears. 

Sorry for the long read!

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A: Someone gained remote access to my machine

Haha you sound like me, but I haven't seen active on-screen activity for for almost 2 months now!
So I really shouldn't give you advice haha!
Some simple exploit protection that I know of is EMET and Secunia PSI, if that fails, I usually just end up using a boot CD lol

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Sorry, I don't appear to be able to delete this thread.

A:someone gained remote access to laptop without permission

Luckily the laptop is insured so we will be taking it in to hopefully have any damage repaired and threats removed.

Can you get insurance for that?

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Hi, I'm looking for some advice regarding my girlfriends laptop.
Yesterday her brother took a call from somebody claiming to be from TalkTalk, and unfortunately they were able to take control of the laptop after claiming to have noticed problems and needing remote access to solve the issues. He was instructed to download TeamViewer. My girlfriend returned home during this call and took over after becoming suspicious with the nature of the call and after some questioning the caller quickly hung up. An attempt to withdraw a substantial amount from a bank account was denied shortly after or during the call. 
I've since uninstalled TeamViewer.
My question really is, would there potentially be anything malicious left behind after this attack? And what is the best course of action to take now?
Many thanks 

A:Scam call, remote access gained, what to do now?

Yes!  You will need to scour the hard-drive with several anti-virus and anti-malware programs, both online and downloadable/installable.  Do you have current external image backups of the OS and the Data partitions?  If yes, you can choose to simply restore right over the entire laptop.  The regular BC malware team should be along shortly.  Let them know what external usb and/or dvd boot material you have on hand.

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Got home from work on Friday and discovered someone using my PC via a remote LogMeIn session (my LogMeIn account). They were searching the filesystem for a keylogging program that I had found and disabled earlier that morning (OGB.exe - apparenly Ardamax Keylogger). I yanked out the network cable and changed all my passwords from a different computer; one that I'm pretty confident was not compromised.

I know... In hindsight, it was pretty stupid of me to leave the computer on and connected after discovering the keylogger Friday morning.

Anyway, I need to know if my system is clean. I've posted DDS.txt below and attached two files (Attach.txt & ARK.txt) per the bleepingcomputer prep guide.

Thanks for the help!
DDS (Ver_2011-06-23.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_24
Run by Sam at 22:19:11 on 2011-08-21
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 6.1.7600.0.1252.1.1033.18.2047.1058 [GMT -4:00]
AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 *Disabled/Updated* {5A2746B1-DEE9-F85A-FBCD-ADB11639C5F0}
SP: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 *Disabled/Updated* {E146A755-F8D3-F7D4-C17D-96C36DBE8F4D}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
FW: ZoneAlarm Firewall *Enabled* {D17DF357-CFF5-F001-D1C1-FCD21DFE3D5E}
============== Running Processes ===============
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A:Attacker gained full remote access to my computer...

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Our networks have Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger computers.
Before our company did the switch and router upgrades, I am able to access a remote machine at IP (altered IP for posting)

After traceroute, I get these results for good and bad machines for comparison.

Good machine:

Admin$: root$ traceroute

traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 40 byte packets

1 ( 1.238 ms 0.551 ms 0.425 ms

2 ( 1.678 ms 1.241 ms 1.097 ms

3 ( 1.174 ms 0.949 ms 0.994 ms

4 ( 194.156 ms 184.046 ms 203.759 ms

5 ( 208.150 ms 199.042 ms 172.366 ms

6 ( 148.200 ms 172.827 ms 189.678 ms

7 ( 200.725 ms 184.572 ms 215.703 ms

8 app.com ( 179.973 ms 172.189 ms 177.798 ms

Bad machine:

admin$ traceroute

traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 40 byte packets

1 ( 1.562 ms 0.553 ms 0.440 ms

2 ( 1.533 ms 1.201 ms 1.028 ms

3 ( 6.138 ms 0.954 ms 0.907 ms

4 ( 69.614 ms 19.054 ms 23.255 ms

5 ( 35.453 ms 48.921 ms 48.752 ms

6 * * *

7 * * *

8 * * *

9 * * *

10 * * *


On Intel Mac terminal (Tiger 10.4.11), I ran these commands:

sudo arp -d –a

sudo lookupd –flushcache

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What do I need to do to make a XP machine connect to a Remote access server. This is an apple computer that establishes the connection and then the users can browse a Windows 2000 domain.

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As part of our usual patch Tuesday process we download the patches from Windows update and ran them on a group of test computers. After installing the patches from 10/9/2018 - 4459922, 4462923, 890830 - Sept, we can no longer access the administrative
share C$ on the remote machine. According to what I could find I needed to install 3177467 first (which wasn't available in the downloads until today 10/10/2018). I installed 3177467, which is some sort of stack update, and rebooted. Still cannot see the C$
on machines were the patch was tested. I tried to reinstall 4459922 and 4462923 after installing 3177467 but both patches indicated they were already installed. I uninstalled 4459922 but could not find 4462923 to uninstall.

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I need to set up my Win7 desktop so I can access it (and my home cloud) from the road with my Win7 Laptop. Should be pretty simple...except, the Remote Access Functions DO NOT APPEAR on the [System Properties] pop-up on the [Remote] Tab

See pic attached..

Cannot fill in the form, if the form ain't there.

Heeeep, please.

A:Remote Access: SystemProp>Remote>NO Remote Functions Visible

What version of Windows 7 is installed on your computer?


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How to block internet access to local machine users. The machine is in under domain control.

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The title says it all! Basically I have a comp running XP pro and I want to be able to work locally on one user account, with some kind of remote access server running on another XP user account so that the remote account and the local account can be used simultaniously. I know that this cannot be done with XP Pro remote desktop and could be by Windows Server 2003 remote desktop, but i need an alternate solution to make this happen.



A:Alternate Remote Desktop application for Simultanious Local/Remote Access

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I asked a question in another thread wanting to know if there were any good free alternatives to programs PCAnywhere or GoToMyPC. Boy did I ever get more than I expected in TeamViewer that EAFiedler suggested.

Now I have a technical question about how TeamViewer works. It connects to remote systems across the internet not by an IP number that I enter but rather by an arbitrary nine-digit number assigned to the system when the program is set up. It connects so quickly that I know it cannot be scanning every IP address on the 'net looking for a TeamViewer connection at every one of them. So, I have deduced that there must be a server out there somewhere that stores TeamViewer information.

Does anyone know enough about this to confirm this and/or explain it to me somewhat?

Next question: What about security? Are there any security issues I should be concerned about, other than the obvious, of course?

A:Technical question about TeamViewer remote access/remote office

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I have a home network of 4 Win 7 computers which I leave running when I'm away from home to provide data to my website, among other things. In the past, I've been using Remote Desktop to access my home computers. It works very well, but it's always a challenge getting everything set up to work right before I go. I was wondering if others who have used Remote Desktop as well as other means of remote access would care to share their experience and express a preference, if any.


A:Care to recommend a remote access method beside Remote Desktop?

Everyone seems to like > TeamViewer - Free Remote Control, Remote Access & Online Meetings

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Hey Everyone,

Today, I rebooted my machine and did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro. I installed all my apps etc and then tried to access onedrive and it gave me a sign in screen. I put in my correct information and it won't let me sign in at all. It gets stuck saying signing in. Any ideas?

Thank you very much!

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I am running a wireless Network with D-Link 714P+ Router. My PC is wired to the Router, with 2 other computers running wireless. I am running XP Pro.

When accessing my PC (or at least attempting to) from a remote Computer using Remote Desktop, I think I have to add something after the IP Address when typing in the Computer Name/IP Address. I have RD working successfully within my Network. Can someone clarify what I need to do here to access my PC through the Internet then Network

(Even though I have got this far with setting up my network, please go easy on me with the computer lingo)

A:Solved: How do I access my PC in a network using Remote Desktop from remote PC

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This morning, I heard a nationally syndicated computer expert state that some Chinese hackers were "getting into" Windows based computers through "Remote Access/Remote Desktop" even if the service is turned off. According to the guru, "They will turn it on for you."
Being very concrete, as well as, somewhat dull concerning computers, I find this hard to believe. Could someone, in layman's terms, tell me the circumstances needed that would allow a hacker to take control of someone's system when a necessary service is turned off ??

A:Infection Of Windows Through Remote Access/Remote Desktop

Easy to do and best NOT described here.

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[My set up]

RDP Client (Win7) ------------------RDP------------------------> Remote Server (Win2016) with SmartCard(plug one card)

when I directly login win 2016 without via RDP, I can use the smart card to see the one card

But when I use Win7 to login win 2016 via RDP, I can't see any smart card

by the way, I have been set the RDP option / direction setting/ local devices and resources / smartcards / off

I want to use my Client (Win7) to connect
Remote Server (Win2016) via RDP 

and I must plug the one card in Server (Win2016)

How can I do?? Thanks everyone and any comment.

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We have a few windows machines in the home group. I just started using lubuntu and want to have in the network so we can share the files. The windows machines show up , but not the lubuntu. How do I find it?

A:how do access a linux machine from a windows machine

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2 windows 7 machines upgraded to Windows 10, these machines can see and access a OEM Windows 10 machine, but it can not access the ones that were upgrade to Windows 10.
The OEM is on Network 2 and the others are on Network 3 and 7.
These all worked before the upgrades.

What do I need to look for on what machines?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4350 CPU @ 3.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8063 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476372 MB, Free - 381797 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., Q87M-E
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18362.239]
(c) 2019 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : DESKTOP-FSPSAFC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.wa.comcast.net
Ethernet adapter Ethernet 2:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd1.wa.comcast.net
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) Ethernet Connection I217-LM
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 1C-87-2C-59-C2-23
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IPv6 Address. . . . . . ... Read more

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Hello All,

I have a situation where I need to map a network drive on a remote server so that a scheduled installation can tale place from the mapped drive. For scheduling the installation I used the Schtasks.exe which has an option to create the scheduled task on a remote machine too using :

Schtasks.exe /create /S <remote computer name>

What I am interested in knowing is if there is any EXE file that can help me map a network drive on a remote computer in the same manner as schtasks.exe as there is no option for doing it in net.exe that is used for mapping a network drive. To avoid confusion let me put up :

machine that I want to map the network drive upon : ABC
Server on which i need to map the network drive upon : XYZ
Network path to be mapped : \\PQR

A:Using Net Use on a remote machine

Hi rahul1911,

The procedure should be possible. Here's a tutorial that may help as it contains additional commands and addresses share issues: How-To Map a Network Drive using Windows 7, Vista or Windows Server 2008.

I hope this helps. If not, check to make sure the server is sharing properly and that permissions are set to allow this to occur (you aren't prohibited from Group Policy or Active Directory) and/or that you are using an appropriate username and/or password if required.

Good luck!

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Hello All

I have a windows server 2008 and I want to install Remote Access/VPN role on it. Unfortunately there is confilict between Remote Desktop and VPN Server role in Windows Server and when enable VPN Server role, Remote Desktop is disabled and vice versa unless you have 2 NICs and enable each on separate NIC.

Do you know a way to keep both enabled and functional on the same NIC.

Any help is appreciated.

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I recently switched my main computer over to Linux (from Win8), and everything is working fine, except that when I would remote into the computer from my other computer (running Win7), it was much faster when running Win8. Since I upgraded to Linux, I can connect, but the screen refreshes at a much slower rate, even over the same connection (LAN speed).

Anyone know of any settings either on the Win7 side or on the Linux server side that I can change to speed things up?

A:remote into Linux machine

Which Linux distro are you using ? There are some distros made specifically for older machines. For example, Fedora has it's flagship distro using Gnome, but it also has 2 lighter versions one using LXDE. and the other using Xfce.

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I have XP machine, which Im accessing Remotly, Im able to Record In my current machine. But when I try recording in remote machine the Recording Option itself is Desabled. Will I be able to record Remotly or Do I need to Enable same thing in remote Machine to save or Enable recording Option. Pls Suggest a Solution.

A:Not able to Record in Remote Machine

Record what? What software are you using? Is your remote connection by Windows Remote Desktop? i.e. more information is needed to give a helpful response.

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I am interested in turning my PC to a remote machine (like a dedicated/rootserver) but to be able to start up and shut down my PC w/e I want remotely. Also I would like not to change my OS (windows) in order to achieve that, if it's possible of course. The whole thing has to do with my business trips (I have to travel around and change places) so I need to turn my home PCs into remote machines in order to be able to control them from my laptop. I searched a bit and I found this Home but I would like to find a way with windows.

Looking forward to your replies,

A:Turn my PC to remote machine

Mine have to be turned ON. But this is my favorite remote program.


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Helloo I'm having a problem with connecting my Windows 7 laptop to my Windows XP Pro machine. I have my router at home (where the XP machine is) port forwarded for Remote Desktop, I set up the XP machine completely for connecting to by allowing exceptions for the Remote Desktop.

When on my Win 7 machine I type in the IP address and port and it gets me to the log in screen where it gives me the username (Matt) and I enter my credentials (password). After entering it and clicking OK it brings me back to the log in screen. Over and Over. Does anyone have an idea of what I may have done wrong? I can post a link of the site I used to set it up.


A:Remote Desktop Win 7 to XP machine

Do you have RDP access turned on for user Matt? If not you will not be able to use RDP.

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I cant seem to be able to remote desktop to an XP SP3 machine from my Windows 7 pro desktop. My colleague who has an XP desktop can remote desktop fine to the other XP SP3 machine.

I can also remote desktop from the XP SP3 back to my Windows 7 fine but not the other way round.

Can anyone help on this please?

Thank you

A:Remote Desktop from Win 7 to XP machine

hello and welcome,
did you already disable the firewall both of the OS?

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I have one very powerful PC that I would like to use as a VM server, and then I have a netbook and a HP pavilion dv2000 laptop that I would like access the VMs. My ideal setup would be to have my main machine running Windows 7 and have two virtual machines running Windows 7 that would be accessed and used by the netbook and notebook across the network, this would allow the two mobile PCs to make use of the main PC's sizable resources while still being three different machines that can be used by three different people. The reason I want to do this is that I have a lot of people who want to use the computer, but only one that runs Windows, has Office, and is very powerful. Any help on this topic would be appreciated.

A:Remote Virtual Machine

Problem: The VMs would not have office unless you could install it in each VM and that means a separate product key.

Also, each instance of Win 7 would need it's own product key since you can't run the same one in a virtual machine.

Other than that it sounds doable running Win 7 guests under Oracle VirtualBox. Just set the networks up as Bridged so they get their IP address from the same router, then setup port forwarding to a VNC server running in each VM. TightVNC is a good choice.

I don't think you will be very happy with the performance though. Even with Gigabit network adapters it will be slow.

It would be fun to try though.

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I am here at the office attempting to use remote desktop to connect into my Vista Ultimate SP1 laptop.

I get connected and logon, get the desktop and everything drawn on screen, the it totally freezes.

After a minute or so I get the dialog box showing that I have been disconnected and it will attempt to reconnect.

Attempting to logon at the console of that laptop now, I put in my password, it says Welcome, then a message comes up stating , "This network connection does not exist."

If I click on OK and attempt to logon again, it gives me the same message.

If I wait about 5 minutes, I am able to logon again.

In the event log I am seeing from source TermDD an event 56 stating, "The Terminal Server security layer detected an error in the protocol stream and has disconnected the client."

Is this because I am using SP2 on the XP machine instead of SP3 ?

I've seen similar issues but only on occasion when connecting from the same XP box to my home desktop running Ultimate SP1. Every attempt I may to get into this laptop results in the same thing.

Any thoughts on this? I'd appreciate any input!


A:Remote Desktop to Vista machine from XP SP2

I guess nobody else has seen this?

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I have two windows 7 pro machines and 2 xp pro machines. Every once in a while I need to remote into the 2008 server at work. I can do that perfectly fine when I am using my XP machines. With my Windows 7 machines, I can remote into any workstation at work but it will not allow me to remote into the 2008 server. It asks me to enter my credentials (I try typing in the admin username and password but it doesn't work). It doesn't bring me to the usual full screen where I need to put the username and password to join the domain, a different box pops up asking me for credentials. From what I read, I can log onto 2008 server with Win 7. What am I doing wrong???

A:Remote into a 2008 server from a Win 7 machine

Are you using the Remote Desktop Tool located in Start > All Programs > Accessories?

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I have an issue regarding the use of Selenium on one of my Servers. I am trying to take a screenshot over IE using Selenium, its returning with a black screen. The user is not logged on remotely on the server to perform this task. Do you have a fix/workaround
for this type of task?

Server version of IE: 11.0.9600
Selenium Webdriver for IE: 3.150.1
Windows Server version: Windows Server 2012 R2

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Hi All,
I was wondering whether it is possible to check if a particular username exists on a remote machine given the machine's IP address.

(something like : Net user dude100 //

Shafeeq M.

A:checking user name on a remote machine ???

cooldude3K said:

Hi All,
I was wondering whether it is possible to check if a particular username exists on a remote machine given the machine's IP address.

(something like : Net user dude100 //

Shafeeq M.Click to expand...

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I dont think there is away for this, but can you connect to another machine that can still be used, but under a different setting on Windows XP Pro, like you can with Windows Servers?

A:Connect to another machine using remote desktop

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I suspect that an admin user is accessing my Work Computer by \\Hostname\C$ and checking my documents. Is there a way I can track this down?

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This has been going on for some time I dont know if its research or a game for advanced entities or likely I checked yes to but was vaguely reading the terms because extremely malicious things haven't happened but its been way too long of a volunteer effort on my part and I'm sick of constantly resetting or having sound embedded or flat stop working along with all sound icons in several of all the places. and cams and mic coming on my cell phone taking hundreds of screen shots and a very impressive variety of  synchronized things that Im either completely mad or its really great skillsI am sure I have not been a challenge for them and I feel they easily controlled Norton. I'm so shameless I wish I could ask them 100 questions and have them show me how I mean as long as evidently have put so much time.I hate to think I am actually here for a Psychiatric validation because I used to not care if I was crazy just hoped I was crazy enuff! But settings change, text gets rearranged, sound changes or my heartbeat-yes this is wild gets broadcast and plays out of an antique Grundage shortwave radio no its not a tube Grundage has an unusual radio setup. radio  I would love to take all the credit for the calamity as I do cause most of myown  messes am calamity capable when things in my electrical proximity are  difficult to controll I could admit Ive only mastered but the electric toothbrush and a few other things just not the phone the o... Read more

A:Remote control of my machine and many other hatricks

ESET Online ScannerClick here to download the installer for ESET Online Scanner and save it to your Desktop.Disable all your antivirus and antimalware software - see how to do that here.Right click on esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe and select Run as Administrator.Place a checkmark in YES, I accept the Terms of Use, then click Start. Wait for ESET Online Scanner to load its components.Select Enable detection of potentially unwanted applications.Click Advanced Settings, then place a checkmark in the following:Remove found threatsScan archivesScan for potentially unsafe applicationsEnable Anti-Stealth technologyClick Start to begin scanning.ESET Online Scanner will start downloading signatures and scan. Please be patient, as this scan can take quite some time.When the scan is done, click List threats (only available if ESET Online Scanner found something).Click Export, then save the file to your desktop.Click Back, then Finish to exit ESET Online Scanner.

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Problem: As a member of the security team, I am not a member of the IT team. Therefore do not have access to physical lists of a given machine.

The easy solutions are-1. Ask IT for the list of machine names, 2. Ask someone physically at the location to look for the users cubical and tell me the machine name (located on the ID tag)

Issue: Examine the contents of a workstation somewhere on our intranet.
Known Data: Username, server, server profile, physical address (big deal), personal storage on the LAN. Every workstation on the intranet has a unique identifier assigned by IT and placed on label on the physical case. Connecting remotely is permissible for my position.

Question. Is there a way to look on the local server (remotely) and determine the IP or machine name from a profile stored on the server or any other identifying characteristics to help me map to this workstation.

The problem with my "easy solutions" are that IT is NOT security, asking anyone opens the door to multiple questions that cannot be answered during an active investigation, and the separation of management (which I am classified as) and the workers prohibits them from assisting. Last resort, if there is no way to virtually accomplish this, is to contact the manager of the office to physically look at the workstation.

Thanks for your help,

A:Solved: Need to find remote machine name

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I have run into an issue where psexec is not working on one of my remote clients. However, it is working on other remote clients. When I execute the psexec \\computername it returns with the error (Error communicating with PsExec service on the remote computer:
no process is on the other end of the pipe). I then am able to perform a pslist on the remote computer and I do see the PSEXESVC process, then I can run a pskill and end that process which I have seen by other people that this works and then they can execute
a psexec with no issue, this does not work for me still. I have also tried deleting the service on the remote computer using sc.exe \\computername delete PSEXESVC which completes successfully. I then run a psexec again and the service creates and starts but
the same error occurred. I can also confirm that the PSEXESVC application is running in the %WINDIR% directory on the remote machine. Has anyone else experienced this issue has is there a resolution to this issue. 

Thank you,


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I am trying to RD into a machine that I can ping. RD fails with the generic "this computer can't connect to the remote computer" message. I checked and the remote machine does have the "allow other to connect to this machine via RD" checkbox checked. Furthermore I was able to RD to it about a month ago. Not sure what has changed since then. Where should I look? Thanks.

A:cannot connect to machine via remote desktop

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Hi All,
I was wondering whether it is possible to check if a particular username exists on a remote machine given the machine's IP address.

(something like : Net user dude100 //

Shafeeq M.

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I have a Windows 7 machine that I'm trying to setup to allow Remote Desktop connections so that I can access my machine when I'm away from home. I used this method in the past with other machines and always enjoyed the convenience of working at my home PC when away on vacation, etc.

After setting it up, I can access the machine using Remote Desktop Connection from within the local LAN network using the computer name. However, I cannot access it using my external IP address which should be the router which should forward it to my personal computer. The error I get says "Remote Desktop can't connect to the remote computer for one of these reasons: 1) Remote access to the server is not enabled, 2) The remote computer is turned off, 3) The remote computer is not available on the network."

Here is everything I've done so far:

I've enabled Remote Assistance connections via the System Properties and Allowed connects from any version of Remote Desktop

The Remote Desktop services (3 of them I think) are all enabled and started.

I've checked and Windows Firewall is allowing port 3389 through

I have an Asus RT-N66R router which I've added a Port Forwarding rule to forward that port to the LocalIP of my personal machine.

A:Can't get Remote Desktop working on my machine - help

Hi and Welcome to SevenForums.

I understand i am not answering your question directly with this reply but have you considered using TeamViewer to do this task?
Download Here - TeamViewer - Free Remote Control, Remote Access & Online Meetings

It is free for personal use and i've never come across an issue using this method of a remote connection from outside my home in all the years i have used it (within my home i use remote desktop).

Is there a reason for needing Remote Desktop?


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About a week ago I went on a trip out of town and left a box running a game server through Hamachi at home. I have done this countless times and never had a problem. TeamViewer is loaded on the box and has always connected and ran just fine remotely. However, on this specific trip, TeamViewer simply gives up on trying to connect. The iPhone version brings up an error stating 'Protocol negotiation failed.' The game server application no longer responds either. Also, both the remote and the local machine I am on right now are connected through Hamachi on a VPN. The interesting thing is the remote computer responds to ping, allows me to bring up shared folders in Explorer, and is listed as running in the Hamachi client. What it does not allow me to do is control it remotely in any way. This system needs a restart badly and I have run out of ideas on how to remotely access it. Seeing that I am a couple of hundred miles away, I cannot drive over and restart it in person so easy. Here are some further details:

Remote System:
OS: Windows XP Pro SP3
TeamViewer: Logged in and setup for unattended access - Shows up on my list with a yellow dot.
Hamachi: Connected with direct tunnel
Firewall: Comodo Firewall (older version) - Every program I've mentioned has been allowed through with no issue.

Local System:
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
TeamViewer: Logged in and setup for unattended access
Hamachi: Connected with direct tunnel
Firewall: Windows Firewall
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A:Need to restart remote machine, TeamViewer down, only on a VPN now

Well I drove back home earlier than expected and fixed the remote computer in person. Turns out the system had run out of memory after being on so long and TeamViewer simply had no resources to initiate, or everything was just timing out from the system taking so long with any request. I'll be picking up more RAM after the 4th. I suppose no one had any answers on how else I could restart the system remotely, but I'll be marking this thread as solved.

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Win 10 machine has fileshare being accessed by XP and MAC machines without problems.
Trying to connect a Win 7 machine but it insists that the login does not have access to the share.
The login and password are valid. The share and security is open to everyone. All machines are in the same workgroup.
The win 7 machine can see other machines on the net and the Win10 machine can see into shares on the Win 7 box.

So it is just the win7 => win10 that is the problem.

Don C

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Hi there,

I am a little concerned.

I have a small HD, only 320 GB and I usually run hard up against the limit - anything between 4-14 GB free - until yesterday.

As I turned on my computer, I found that I didn't have 4 GB, I had 140 GB, which made me wonder if something big had been deleted by a new AVG virus scan or something. I really don't know.

After doing some searching, I found that sometimes this has to do with shadow copies. I found that my Maximum Shadow Copy Storage Space was something like 139 GB, although I have since then lowered it to 30 GB. The Used Shadow Copy Space is 3 GB and the Allocated is around 5 GB.

Did my computer just decide to delete shadow copies because it went over the 139 GB limit or should I be considering another possibility? Should I run a system restore? From what I can see, I don't think my files have been affected by the change in HD space and the number of 139 GB is quite a convenient number. The Shadow Copy limit might also explain why I always had such a low amount of memory and I couldn't explain why.

Anyway, any thoughts on why I have gained all of this memory?


A:Magically gained around 136 GB over a day

Windows deletes shadow copies periodically to make room for temporary files created during normal operations as they do occupy a major portion of any disk.
It also is wise to keep a liberal amount of free space if that's the only drive you have to give it "elbow room".
Even on a system with lots of space such as mine, very occasionally I've seen a popup that there's not enough room to create temporary files when installing major software, for instance.
I recommend you do an Extended Disk Cleanup every now and again, see the tute here: Extended Disk Cleanup

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As the topic states...Trying to log into my W7 desktop from my W8 laptop and it keeps saying wrong password. I can login fine using the exact same username and password from another W7 machine..

What am I doing wrong here?


A:Trouble logging into W7 machine via Remote Desktop

You have to use the same username & password that is on the machine you are trying to connect to. Otherwise use Teamviewer to do Remote Desktop.

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Hello everyone,

I want to be able to connect to my Vista Home Premium 32bit machine through an XP machine and print using a printer connected via USB on the XP machine. A little history: I had XP Pro and used remote desktop and printing worked fine. We upgraded the computer and OS to Vista Home Premium 32bit. I understand this version doesn't have remote desktop, but I found a way to get it to work online and now we can connect remotely to the desktop using Remote Desktop.

However, when I try to print something while being connected remotely, it won't print. It doesn't find the USB printer. Please I just want to figure this out. We are using the Vista machine as a remote desktop that houses our excel files and Quickbooks. We connect to this remotely from an XP laptop and 2 Macbook Pro's. Printing doesn't work on either of these computers. They are also on separate networks if that changes anything.

I have read a lot on this and everything points to the same answer -> go to Local Resources in Remote Desktop before you log in remotely and check mark the "select the devices and resources you want to use in your remote session: Printers and Clipboard". Both are checked. Still nothing.

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Hello All,

I wanted to know if there is a method that I can use to get the hard drive information of a remote server using powershell 1.0. The WMI class that has been introduced in Powershell 2.0 does have the option to fetch the same information but the server environment that I work in does not have the option for Powershell 2.0 on the servers..

I do have powershell 2.0 on the machine from which i want to execute the command and fetch the information.

What I am looking for is to have the information like free space, name of the hard drives on a remote server.

Thanks in advance for any help that you can provide.

A:Information of drives on a remote machine using powershell

Hi rahul1911,

See if the following thread helps: Logical Disk Report - Remote Servers. I honestly don't know if the difference in versions will permit this or make no difference or if another method is required.

If not, search through the Powershell section of the newsgroup to see if you can find what you need: PowerShell - Vista Forums

If that also doesn't help, try some other Powershell-specific forums:




I hope this helps.

Good luck!

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I have VPN service running on my Linksys DD-WRT router at home, so I can VPN back into my home network when using unsecured wireless internet on travel. I also have remote desktop port forwarding to my home machine if I want to just remote desktop in without using the VPN. However, often times I will VPN in, then remote desktop to my machine. Lately, I can VPN in, but remote desktop to the machine's NAT'ed address on the local network doesn't work. I used to be able to do it that way and I'm not sure what has changed. The home machine runs Windows 7 and the laptop I use on the road for VPN'ing back in runs Windows XP. Any ideas why after I VPN in to the home network I can't see any other machines on the network anymore? I have a folder shared on the home machine that I'd like to map to my laptop once I've VPN'ed in but it can't see that either.

Any ideas or help would be appreciated.

A:VPN'ed into home router, but can't remote desktop to machine on LAN

The home network subnet is using DHCP (with the home machine statically keeping it's x.x.x.147 address) and the VPN pool consists of two addresses of and Network sharing and discovery is all turned on for the Win7 home machine, as well as the XP machine.

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I just spent like 2 hrs with no success to be able to access my Windows 8.1 machine (which I will call machine2) remotely using my Windows 7 machine (I will call it machine 1). Please help.

What I want to do: be able to access machine2 from machine1 remotely using remote desktop connection.

Step followed:
1- Enabled the Remote desktop connection on machine2 (image attached)
2- Disabled machine2 firewall (windows firewall)
3- Enabled DMZPlus mode on the router
4- Configured the Port number for machine2 in the router firewall section.
5- got the ip address of the router
6- tried to remotely connect from machine1 using the ip address to machine2, but didnt work.

I receive error image attached.

Please help. what should I do from here to make this work.

1. Who is your Internet Service Provider (ISP)?
US Providers - At&T

2. What type of Broadband connection are you using?

3. What is the exact Make and Model of your Modem, Router or Modem/Router Combo
Router AT&T Uverse 3801HGV

4. What is the Name of the Anti-Virus, Security or Firewall Software installed from the problematic computer?

A:Remote Desktop Connection to Windows 8.1 machine

Welcome to the forum.

Do you have basic network connectivity between the two computers? Your post does not make this clear.

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