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Windows 7: How do I know if my computer turned itself on or if a person did?

25 Mar 2013   #11
RvB Vakama

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
To check the cause of the last system wake from Sleep / Hibernation simply enter "powercfg -lastwake" into an Admin Command Prompt.
you could also add a batch file containing "powercfg -lastwake >> C:\Wakeup.Log", which would create a file on the root of the C: drive with the details in each instance, to your start up folder.

As for preventing access - Windows has security for a reason, give your brother his own ID on the system and use password login. If you create his user as a standard user he will not be able to access anything vital on your system without your password, and you could also use the built in Parental Controls to monitor and limit program access
I'm not the smartest computer person, but I know my way around, If you could link me a tutorial or something that would be great!


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25 Mar 2013   #12
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The admin or Elevated Command Prompt is explained Here ... Elevated Command Prompt just enter or copy paste the powercfg -lastwake command into the admin window

A batch file is a simple text file with the extension .bat, that contains a list of "dos" commands which are run in order, to create the one I suggested open notepad, Type or copy "powercfg -lastwake >> C:\Wakeup.Log" and save the file as something like wakeinfo.bat, This will add an entry into the file C:\Wakeup.Log every time you run it (right click and run as administrator), the last entry in this file will show if the system was woken by the system, if there is not a system event shown the entry shows the system was last started normally ie. by a user.

Here's an example file WakeInfo.bat, you're welcome to use

an example of the output is shown in this tutorial Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems.

Parental controls are explained here ... Parental Controls - Setup and Use


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25 Mar 2013   #13
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RvB Vakama View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
To check the cause of the last system wake from Sleep / Hibernation simply enter "powercfg -lastwake" into an Admin Command Prompt.
you could also add a batch file containing "powercfg -lastwake >> C:\Wakeup.Log", which would create a file on the root of the C: drive with the details in each instance, to your start up folder.

As for preventing access - Windows has security for a reason, give your brother his own ID on the system and use password login. If you create his user as a standard user he will not be able to access anything vital on your system without your password, and you could also use the built in Parental Controls to monitor and limit program access
I'm not the smartest computer person, but I know my way around, If you could link me a tutorial or something that would be great!
If you are still interested in a free keylogger, check the following site;

Download free keylogger - Actual Keylogger

I don't use the program, so this is not a recommendation based on personal experience.

HTH
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26 Mar 2013   #14
RvB Vakama

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RvB Vakama View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
To check the cause of the last system wake from Sleep / Hibernation simply enter "powercfg -lastwake" into an Admin Command Prompt.
you could also add a batch file containing "powercfg -lastwake >> C:\Wakeup.Log", which would create a file on the root of the C: drive with the details in each instance, to your start up folder.

As for preventing access - Windows has security for a reason, give your brother his own ID on the system and use password login. If you create his user as a standard user he will not be able to access anything vital on your system without your password, and you could also use the built in Parental Controls to monitor and limit program access
I'm not the smartest computer person, but I know my way around, If you could link me a tutorial or something that would be great!
If you are still interested in a free keylogger, check the following site;

Download free keylogger - Actual Keylogger

I don't use the program, so this is not a recommendation based on personal experience.

HTH
Norton thinks its a virus, malicious software -_-
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26 Mar 2013   #15
RvB Vakama

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
The admin or Elevated Command Prompt is explained Here ... Elevated Command Prompt just enter or copy paste the powercfg -lastwake command into the admin window

A batch file is a simple text file with the extension .bat, that contains a list of "dos" commands which are run in order, to create the one I suggested open notepad, Type or copy "powercfg -lastwake >> C:\Wakeup.Log" and save the file as something like wakeinfo.bat, This will add an entry into the file C:\Wakeup.Log every time you run it (right click and run as administrator), the last entry in this file will show if the system was woken by the system, if there is not a system event shown the entry shows the system was last started normally ie. by a user.

Here's an example file Attachment 261047, you're welcome to use

an example of the output is shown in this tutorial Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems.

Parental controls are explained here ... Parental Controls - Setup and Use
Thanks man, I'm sure that this will help me
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26 Mar 2013   #16
RvB Vakama

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
The admin or Elevated Command Prompt is explained Here ... Elevated Command Prompt just enter or copy paste the powercfg -lastwake command into the admin window

A batch file is a simple text file with the extension .bat, that contains a list of "dos" commands which are run in order, to create the one I suggested open notepad, Type or copy "powercfg -lastwake >> C:\Wakeup.Log" and save the file as something like wakeinfo.bat, This will add an entry into the file C:\Wakeup.Log every time you run it (right click and run as administrator), the last entry in this file will show if the system was woken by the system, if there is not a system event shown the entry shows the system was last started normally ie. by a user.

Here's an example file Attachment 261047, you're welcome to use

an example of the output is shown in this tutorial Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems.

Parental controls are explained here ... Parental Controls - Setup and Use
Thanks for this, but where should I put the WakeInfo.bat file? On my desktop, In System32, WHERE?

Also can I put the WakeInfo.bat in my start menu, so when windows starts it'll run it for me?

Thanks
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26 Mar 2013   #17
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RvB Vakama View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RvB Vakama View Post

I'm not the smartest computer person, but I know my way around, If you could link me a tutorial or something that would be great!
If you are still interested in a free keylogger, check the following site;

Download free keylogger - Actual Keylogger

I don't use the program, so this is not a recommendation based on personal experience.

HTH
Norton thinks its a virus, malicious software -_-
Hadn't tried to download it, but I get the same virus notification from my AV. So, avoid the site and I will check into it later on when I have time.
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26 Mar 2013   #18
Tantalum

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry to ask, but why do you need to put your computer in hibernation mode anyway?
Why not just turn it off.
Then you can check the event log the next time you turn it on and if there is any
sign of the computer being used while you were not there, it will show up.
Then you can be absolutely sure that the computer was started by someone (ie your brother.)
Is it absolutely necessary to put it into hibernation.....
Or am I being too simple?
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27 Mar 2013   #19
RvB Vakama

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tantalum View Post
Sorry to ask, but why do you need to put your computer in hibernation mode anyway?
Why not just turn it off.
Then you can check the event log the next time you turn it on and if there is any
sign of the computer being used while you were not there, it will show up.
Then you can be absolutely sure that the computer was started by someone (ie your brother.)
Is it absolutely necessary to put it into hibernation.....
Or am I being too simple?
Good question, Tantalum, But when I leave my computer for an extended amount of time, I don't like to leave it on because of obvious reasons: Wasting power and I just don't want my computer to be on every waking second.

and when I do leave my computer I have lots of programs and documents open .etc, That why I like to hibernate it.
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27 Mar 2013   #20
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

What I do so ppl can't do anything is set up only 1 profile and require login, also when idle for a certain time have it autolock. Also when you get off you could just ctrl+alt+delete and select lock this computer and it will bring you to the login screen saying you're logged on but need a password to get back on. Just little tips, I would just lock the screen when i would leave the area.
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