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Windows 7: Stopping remote connections


08 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Stopping remote connections

My husband started a new job and to set up an e-mail address on his home laptop, he allowed a guy in their IT department "remote access". I'm a bit worried that a stranger can now get on his computer and creep around in there any time he likes and see how he's spending his time. I know I can do Control Panel > System Security > System > Remote settings and then untick the box - is that enough to stop him getting on again? To allow the access, my husband went to a website, clicked on a box to download a small piece of software and then read out a series of numbers (3 sets of 3 divided by fullstops) and then read out 4 numbers as a password. I believe the IT guy used something called teamviewer.com to do it. He says it was a one time access only and the numbers change every time but I'm such a cynic I'm not sure whether I believe that-he might just be saying that and then sell the numbers on some hacker site and then anyone can get access. There is now a button on my husband's desktop that says the company name and then "VPN connection" which he needs to connect to every time he wants to use this new e-mail account. How do I secure his computer from outsiders please, but still allow him to use the new company e-mail. Will just unticking the box referred to above do it? (BTW Do I sound paranoid?)


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08 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

go to Control Panel -> programs -> uninstall and app. is TeamViewer listed?

Teamviewer is a pretty common program and is used by a few techs on this site.
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08 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

That's good to hear - sounds like someone will know the answer :-) I can't see Teamviewer in the list.
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08 Nov 2012   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Your hubby's PC can only be accessed if Team Viewer is running and the other party has his password and codes.
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08 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I would go to Program and Features in Control Panel and look if teamviewer is in there if it is listed click on it to uninstall the application.
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09 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I've checked and TeamViewer isn't installed so I'm reassured by your answers. I guess he's safe but I've unticked the remote access thing as a double safeguard. Thanks to all who replied.
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10 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You have done what you can do to remove remote access so all should be good in that respect, thanks for posting back.
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