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Windows 7: How can I tell if I am being hacked?

25 Feb 2017   #1
Oldnewb

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
How can I tell if I am being hacked?

Guys this may sound like I am paranoid and I admit my problem could be a hardware or codecs not playing nice with each other. I am good at breaking my computer and therefore have become pretty good at fixing it too.

Here is the problem in a nutshell. My mic will mute itself or sometimes the mic volume moves to zero. I only use it to record the audio that my security camera program encodes to whatever video it records. I always check the box "record with audio" ,whether I have it set to record on motion detection or continuous recording.
But HERE is the kicker. It only does it when I am online "connected to my lan". .....If I disable my lan adapter (or simply unplug my cat5e) it does not do it.

Guys I can plug my cable in and the mic will mute within 60 seconds. I SEE it happen. I mouse click it back on and 5 seconds later it mutes again. It like some has as invisible mouse cursor f-ing with me. I have ran netstat-ano and run whois on all the established connection ip's and no luck.

That has to be some way I can set up a process monitor or something to identify the cause.

HELP guide me which direction to go.

Remember it works fine offline. If I could eliminate the possibility that its a hacker, then I could go about uninstalling some of my media programs and video editors fix a conflict in software myself.
So as my thread title is worded.................How can I tell if I am being hacked?

Gentleman thanks for your time.


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25 Feb 2017   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I seem to remember this type of issue back in the very early days of Windows 7, where the drivers for the LAN and sound chip were from the same company and used the same or similar .Dll so I would suspect that it's a software issue, If I recall it was Realtek device but could be applicable to others .

I don't think you are being paranoid, just careful, the question I would always ask in this type of case is "what reason does someone have to hack my system?".

Most people will not be in the targeted area for direct hacking, ok, you have to be careful about Viruses, Social Engineering, Phishing, and rootkits etc but actual hacking is more targeted at major companies and government agencies as the risks and effort involved have to be matched by the potential gains
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26 Feb 2017   #3
Oldnewb

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for your reply. I actually installed malwarebytes and I couldn't believe it when it scanned and found 2 Trojans that Norton wasn't seeing. They were named Trojan.Fileless.MTGen, HKU\S-1-5-21..........(long number)....plus.... It removed them and it hasn't done it since. Go figure! I am going to wait 2 or 3 days to see if it stays fixed and then mark this thread solved.............................As for your question "what reason does someone have to hack my system?". .....I live in a subdivision that was used to hosting the "too fast, too furious" nutcases that think if they buy a honda and chop it and put a loud exhaust system on it that it makes up for their small man parts. However since they found out my cameras were recording all such activity they couldn't run their midnight races. They actually broke into my house and vandalized my security system but didn't steal anything. My new security system is fail-secure now with cameras watching cameras. Trump and ICE helped deplete their numbers a little recently, and I intend on doing my part. Enough said.

Thanks again guys!
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27 Feb 2017   #4
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Hi,

I don't blame you for being paranoid after hearing what they did to your house, if they were bold enough to do that they're bold enough to try and crack your wi-fi.

About your sound problem; Check anything that has to do with sound properties, your sound card, speakers, a mic, even skype if you use it, there might be a setting that mutes sound when another device notices sound from one of the devices. One place to start is in: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sound\Communications Tab.

Here's my settings:
How can I tell if I am being hacked?-sound.png

I notice you have comcast, I have verizon fios and what I do to check either my CAT-5 or wireless connections is to log into my vz router and see if every device I have is listed, I'll investigate anything I see that does not match the IP-address and/or MAC-address, all my devices are on the main page and then I can move around to make any adjustments. You should be able to do the same.


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27 Feb 2017   #5
Oldnewb

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Hi Anak Its fixed I believe

The 2 trojans malwarebytes found were removed and it has not muted since. Now I wished there was a way to find out how the trojans got it and who the hell did it. But I am not going to hold my breath trying to answer those questions for I'm too busy now.
Thanks again for your knowledge,I am sure i will need it again someday.
I am going to go ahead and mark this thread solved.
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27 Feb 2017   #6
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

You're welcome Oldnewb.
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