How can I tell if I'm being watched?

August 22, 2017 at 15:07:16
Specs: Windows 10
I am running Win10 on my laptop with a secondary monitor connected via HDMI.

Every once in awhile my secondary monitor goes black then comes back on. I suspect that someone is remoting in to my PC.

How can I prove if that is the case?


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#1
August 22, 2017 at 16:35:02
Monitor going black then on again is not a symptom of being watched. More likely a monitor fault or its connections.

Just to see what is around in the way of malware run these three freebies in the order given. They have been found to find and fix malware that other programs often miss:

AdwCleaner:
https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcle...
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Clean" button.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
https://www.malwarebytes.com/junkwa...
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run JRT. It might appear to have stopped at times or flash the screen but sit tight until it has finished.

MalwareBytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
(use the "Free Download" button rather than the "Buy Now" button).
After the install go to "Settings > Protection". Under Scan Options move the "Scan for rootkits" slider over to On and Run the Threat Scan. Quarantine anything it finds.

If any of them find something please copy/paste the associated logs on here.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
August 23, 2017 at 14:47:11
You're using Windows 10, so of course you're being watched. You're monitor occasionally blinking out however, has nothing to do with it.

https://www.extremetech.com/computi...


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#3
August 24, 2017 at 17:58:00
How to avoid it? Can I uninstall it? it makes me feel unsafe if I were being watched , isn't it ?

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#4
August 25, 2017 at 06:17:35
If you uninstall Windows 10 then your computer won't work, which is the only way to be 100% safe.

To live is unsafe but unless you want otherwise then you get on with it and hope for the best. There is a danger of becoming too paranoid about such things.

If you go to the settings cog you will find many options, some of which are "monitoring you" (claimed to be for your own benefit - service improvements). You can set these however you like and if you are unsure about any of them put them in Google and find out what they do/mean. This sort of search unearths a lot of ideas:
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=s...

If you are still really that worried then you could use Linux instead of Windows but you might not like it.

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#5
August 25, 2017 at 06:18:53
Did you run the programs I gave in #1? You should do so if you are genuinely worried about such things.

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