Is my PC being watched from another location?

December 11, 2010 at 18:54:00
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel Core 2 Duo T 6600/2.20GHZ/4GB
My fiance said is was going to download smartswipe onto my computer. Without my permission he downloaded Mozilla Firefox because he said "he" liked it better. But while I was in the shower he put my computer in Safemode for some reason. When I came out I glanced at the screen and he had Norton Security Suite opened doing something. He looked funny and immediately shut the computer after he closed Norton. He forgot to restart the computer and that is the only reason that I knew the computer was in safemode. He denied it being in safemode. I am only asking this question so that I can get the spyware off my computer or reverse what he did. He is a Computer Programmar and knows everything there is to know to watch me. My computer has been going slow ever ssince he did whatever he did to it. Please don't worry about me putting blame on anyone here if you would just tell me how to fix my computer so that none can do something to my home network so that they can tap into into it and watch every move I make. Can you tell me what to do to get this resolved?

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December 11, 2010 at 20:01:21
Open your firewall (windows firewall if you use it, or Norton's firewall) and look at the allowable programs list. If you see something besides your browser(s) and Live update (Norton) you can turn off it's access. If you want to know more about the program first, Google the name and see what pops up (post results for further advice). After that, you can remove any program by going to Control Panel>Programs>Remove Programs. You can stop a program from starting when windows starts by typing msconfig in the box when you press the start orb and press enter. Then go to the start tab and uncheck the program and save. For more details on what is running on your system, install Process Explorer from Microsoft.
Mozilla Firefox if fine (I like it better than Internet Explorer), but uninstall if you like.
Download and run Malwarebytes (free version) if you think you have real spyware, it will be able to remove it.
Turn webcam towards the ceiling or unplug if you use one when not in use.
Immediately activate both a user password AND an administrator password and get into the habit of shutting down or logging off when you walk away. Secure passwords should be at least 6 characters long, should have at least one number, one capital, and possibly one other character (/ _ * % #, etc), should not be easy to guess, should be different from each other, and should be written somewhere not obvious (page 15 of a dictionary, page 111 of a favorite book).
With Administrator password activated in Windows 7, no one can install a program without the admin password, the same for access to Windows Firewall (not as sure with Norton's though).
Consider dumping Norton and using Windows Firewall and MS Security Essentials (it is free and I have heard good things about it).
If you need to allow him access, activate a limited access account for him with an easy to use password (like a pet's name).
If you need to lock him out of Safe Mode, you may need to activate a BIOS password and BIOS Administrator password though.

I hope for your sake that you can trust your Fiance and this is just a little paranoia. I hope that this helps.

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December 11, 2010 at 23:46:54
you can also do a system restore to a time before he started to play with your machine, that should stop any programs and replace any settings that he made on the machine, you might also set your machine to need a stronger password after sleep and hit the sleep button everytime you leave the machine ..

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but cant help myself....

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