hacked? - computer logged into user name I never use


  1. Posts : 6
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    hacked? - computer logged into user name I never use


    I got home today and woke my laptop from hibernation and discovered it was logged into the Admin account, which I never use. I am the only one with overt access to my computer.
    I use a secured wifi, windows firewall (which may be my mistake), and AVG.
    It seems I may have been hacked.
    Any suggestions on discovering what may have happened and, if I was hacked, what I can do to protect myself?
    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
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    gypsycomp,

    1) I'd change all passwords on the computer to something that's very difficult to brute force ie. has Uppercase, lower case, numbers and one or more special characters ($#%^) etc. preferably with 12 or more characters.
    2) You should be able to look at your firewall log (if enabled) to see what the IP hitting your box is (that corresponds to the time logged in).
    3) Run a GOOD trojan scan for any software that might be a trojan. Trojans are the #1 reason computers get compromised. It's much easier for a hacker to compromise a computer if they can get access from the inside out.

    (Retired Tier3 MS Debug Engineer)
    J
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    gypsycomp said:
    I got home today and woke my laptop from hibernation and discovered it was logged into the Admin account, which I never use. I am the only one with overt access to my computer.
    I use a secured wifi, windows firewall (which may be my mistake), and AVG.
    It seems I may have been hacked.
    Any suggestions on discovering what may have happened and, if I was hacked, what I can do to protect myself?
    Thanks in advance.
    Hi gypsycomp and welcome to Tenforums.
    This is indeed strange. You are absolutely sure you didn't log into the Admin account to install a program, make some changes to the system, etc.? I don't understand how someone could manipulate the computer, if you put it in hibernation when you left. Did you notice if it was installing any updates? I am just wondering if this Windows Update setting has anything to do with it:


    Automatically finish setting up PC after update


    • Some updates require you to restart your PC and sign in to Windows in order to finish installing the update, which means you might sign in to Windows and find you canít use your PC until the update is finished. Windows 10 helps prevent this from happening by allowing Windows to use your sign in info to create a special token. This token is used to automatically sign in after a restart, finish setting up your PC, and then lock your PC to help keep your account and personal info safe.
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  4. Posts : 808
    win 10 pro x64
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    if you don't want to make a password yourself try this out Create Safe & Secure Passwords - Password Generator | Norton Identity Safe
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