Webcam hacked. Need help!

Dell INSPIRON 1525
April 16, 2009 at 16:31:44
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi, I'm hoping someone would be able to answer/help me.

A few days ago, I got an IM on my yahoo messenger from a
person I don't know. They said that I have a "backdoor" on
my laptop. The person then proceeded to invite me to view
his/her webcam. I was hesitant at first but he/she said that
it's the proof of the "backdoor."
When I clicked accept, he/she's webcam was streaming my
past webcam streams.. The person also said that all of my
IM conversations were being recorded to whoever did the

I'm not really sure how to go about this right now. I'm told
that reformatting is just a temporary solution. And that the
files I've backed-up on an external hard drive may have the
corrupt file.
I've already deleted the Yahoo Messenger program and
installed AVG to my system. Although AVG is saying that
the Resident Shield is not active even after I activate it.

What's the best way to get rid off, and safe guard, myself
from this? My webcam is built-in, by the way. I've covered it
with tape for the mean time.

Thank you for the help! It'll be greatly appreciated.

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April 16, 2009 at 16:55:29
You would need to learn and use best practices. Best practices are a whole bunch of ways, programs, settings and more that can protect you against such stuff.

"When I clicked accept," Well, bad choice there. Accept could have been the attack means. Don't do that again.

Most IM's are wide open anyway. They are not secure at all.

Be sure to keep Vista up to date with patches, use a good firewall program, keep spyware and antivirus up to date.

Second may be to limit exposure to the internet. You can turn off modem.

Third is one of my favorite's, use Live CD's to access the internet.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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April 16, 2009 at 20:02:21
Well try using a Spy Sweeper or any anti Spy ware program. Then Try to use a fire wall of your choice. Try checking the site below my signature they might help you out. But still try to research the most recommended fire wall. Scan your system with the Spyware remover alright.

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