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Windows 7: How do I know if someone is watching me on the same network?


19 Mar 2011   #1
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How do I know if someone is watching me on the same network?

I have a feeling someone is watching me on the network Im on. They have access and theyre allowed to. Is there a way I can check? Im wired into the router, not sure if it makes a difference

I ran netstat -b and these are the results.







I dont know what any of it means but I assume it shows nothing. I also assume it would only show something if they are currently watching.


Is there a way I can prevent it? We are all on the same router.

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19 Mar 2011   #2
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I should also mention as soon as I posted this my internet connection died, yet im wired in and there were no errors on the router.
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19 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Who owns the router? Do you?
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19 Mar 2011   #4
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I dont own it but the router and modem are in my room and Im the only one that can login to the settings.
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19 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well according to that screenshot there are no active connections from your machine to a local IP (192.168.1.*)

Fair warning; I don't really have a massive amount of knowledge on this, but like you I would assume it would show something.

Of course if you want to be REALLY sure, you could always configure your firewall to reject connection attempts from PC's in the 192.168.1.* range, apart from the router.

The internet dying could frankly be anything, from malware, through to a low SNR.
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19 Mar 2011   #6
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Well according to that screenshot there are no active connections from your machine to a local IP (192.168.1.*)

Fair warning; I don't really have a massive amount of knowledge on this, but like you I would assume it would show something.

Of course if you want to be REALLY sure, you could always configure your firewall to reject connection attempts from PC's in the 192.168.1.* range, apart from the router.

The internet dying could frankly be anything, from malware, through to a low SNR.
I dont know a lot about the netstat -b but I assume it only shows what is currently there. At that time I did not think anyone would be looking.

I am going to look into blocking the ip, is there a specific way to do it? If I block the ip and reset the router it will be different.

I normally would think its something on my computer or wireless but I have a new computer thats 2 days old, today is 3 and its wired. It might be me looking for something.

This is the first time I have had windows 7. The person I think that is watching also has windows 7. I went into 'local area connections' and unselected 'file and printer sharing for microsoft networks. I dont know if they could go through that. If so thats a possibility and it was originally selected.
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19 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Theoretically speaking, if I were to do this, I would go into the router settings (192.168.1.1 most likely) and set myself a static IP from the DCHP pool.

That isn't something I can really advise you on specifically, because every router is different. It should be somewhere in the LAN or Network settings though. When you find it, you should be able to select "Static" from a drop down list next to your computer's name. That would then "lock" your computer to that IP so it didn't change every time you reset the connection.

After that, I would use my software firewall to block all connections coming from a range of 192.168.1.* but make sure that I kept 192.168.1.1 clear. I don't think that WIndows Firewall can do that, but I know Comodo can. (In fact, Comodo would probably block an unsolicited attempt to connect straight away anyway, without my intervention)

Example; in your screenshot, your IP is 192.168.1.6. Assuming that your router is at 192.168.1.1 (they normally are) I would create a firewall rule to block all connection attempts from 192.168.2 - 192.168.1.5 and then another one to block all from 192.168.1.7 through to 192.168.1.253. We have to keep your IP and the router's IP unblocked, or you won't be able to get online.

Actually, you could probably get away with blocking your own IP too, but you know that nothing coming from your machine is going to harm it, or if it is that's already there.

I apologise if that went over your head, Im assuming at least a basic knowledge of networking here.
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19 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

In order to watch you, somebody must have installed some spy software on your box.
Try to run "Spybot Search and Destroy" on your computer, that one finds almost any of these programs.
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19 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Not necessarily. If there is no active firewall, open ports can be considered vulnerabilities. You may not have access to the person's keyboard and mouse, but you can sniff and inject packets among other nasty things.
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19 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Packet sniffing is always a possibility, especially if that person has physical access to the switch or router.
But to me it seemed like the OP was worried about literally being watched.
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