I suspect I've been hacked but I'm not sure

Andromedat

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My husband thinks I'm being paranoid but my gut tells me we have been hacked. I see a red computer id flash in my security tab for internet explorer and as soon as I notice it, it disappears never reappearing again until the next time I'm back online. I'll see the red computer address under the users in security tab again every now and then... I think I've been hacked. Am I being a paranoid spaz?
 

COLGeek

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You do not need to remove Norton to use Malwarebytes. They will happily co-exist.

You really should consider using another browser (Firefox, Chrome, even Opera) because IE is literally full of holes and exploits.
 

06yfz450ridr

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sorry there is no response in that last post
 

Andromedat

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I've been using Norton to scan my computer but it doesn't seem to detect whatever is going on. No there are no other users in User Accounts.
 

sdpctek

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Norton is complete garbage, almost as bad as McAfee. They are both excellent at marketing though. As others have said, Malwarebytes free version is the way to go. This will detect 95% of viruses/spyware.

The term 'hacked' is widely misused though. If you mean you think someone is accessing your machine remotely, there are ways you can find out. Running 'netstat -an' in a command prompt will list all open connections/IP addresses connected to your machine. Ignore all local ports (127.0.0.1's, 192.168.x.x's etc.) and then whois the ones you don't recognize to track them down. Or you could run a packet sniffer if you wanna get really crazy.

Sounds more like a spyware thing though if you're seeing things in IE options menu. Download and scan with AdwCleaner from bleepingcomputer.com as it does a good job of cleaning up browser toolbar crap/extensions.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/dl/125/

I see thread says solved but still hope this helps someone eventually. =)
 

Andromedat

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Thanks for the recommendation, I will look into it.
 

Andromedat

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Hi,

Thanks for the detailed response. I tried netstat and didn't find anything questionable at this time. I'm just wondering but Is it possible for spyware to show up under the IE properties menu. I don't think it's the IE options menu but I may be mistaken (specifically, when I right click the IE browser icon on my desktop then scroll down to the last line to select "properties" - and click on the "security tab" : It shows up as a red colored set of numbers under "group or users names" in the security tab (it looks like a computer address - I really have no clue)? I know I'm repeating myself but this red computer address type thing shows up and disappears as soon as I look for it. My husband thinks I'm hallucinating, I'm 100% sure I'm not. It disappeared for several months and recently came back (again for a split second as soon as I searched for it). I'm super paranoid because a computer my husband uses (on our network) was recently accessed by someone to watch porn until I caught the activity. Um...and before anybody asks...I'm sure he wasn't the one surfing for porn;) It would happen every time he logged off - I checked just to make sure.

Also, I'll definitely look into malware bytes. Do I have to remove Norton to use it properly? I tend to agree with you about Norton. Unfortunately it's very main stream and my husband trusts it all the more - which leaves me in a bind.
 

COLGeek

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You do not need to remove Norton to use Malwarebytes. They will happily co-exist.

You really should consider using another browser (Firefox, Chrome, even Opera) because IE is literally full of holes and exploits.
 

06yfz450ridr

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also its one of the slowest out there and microsoft admitted it because it has issues. SO malwarebytes has or has not been used yet?

I would remove norton and find something better. a paid version of malwarebytes for $20 will will be tons better even without antivirus even installed.
 

Andromedat

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Thanks for the response. I scanned the computer with both malwarebytes and Norton and they both show no malicious activity. I just don't know what that set of red numbers under "group or users names" is about. The fact that it comes and goes. Could it be something else altogether?

Also, thanks for the browser suggestions too. Do you have preference?
 

COLGeek

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Same here. I also use Chrome pretty often. I only use IE when absolutely required (like when teleworking with office applications and Windows Update).
 

Andromedat

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Thanks for the input. I already have Chrome but I'll try out firefox as well.
 

Andromedat

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Ok... please feel free to ignore this. I'm going to vent into space:
Like the paranoid spaz that I am, I'm chronically checking under my security tab for the mysterious set of red numbers to reappear. I still have no clue what it was... since all my scans show nothing. It is possible that I'm chasing my own tail and this is the remnant of a legitimate program in my computer? or Maybe the worst of my fears are true... some person out there knows when I'm away and is joyriding my pc when I'm asleep. If that's the case... is there anything else I can do besides putting my router on standby whenever it's not in use?
 

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if malware bytes didnt find anything you are most likely not being hijacked unless your pc has RDP enabled to allow people in and someone is accessing your network via wifi and has your login info.

you could monitor your wireless router and see all the devices on there and even use mac filtering and only give access to your devices to connect if you really want. also make sure you have encryption enabled preferably wpa2 since wpa and wep can be cracked
 
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