mirror image of windows xp legal ?

March 29, 2013 at 11:13:03
Specs: Windows XP
via my wireless router someone has downloaded a windows pick-up (mirror) of windows xp on my laptop and close everything down when they feel like it What to do?

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March 29, 2013 at 11:34:08
Clarify something. Are you stating you now have two instances of WinXP installed on your laptop and you didn't install the second one?

Are you sure this wasn't done while someone had physical access to the laptop?

Have you ever given anyone remote access to your computer?

Do you have a strong password on your wireless network?

Do you use any security measures on the laptop? Like log-in passwords for instance?

Run your AV and also malwarebytes.

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March 29, 2013 at 11:59:02
I think you need to learn a little more about what is happening. No one can "download" ( I think you mean install) a second copy of Windows on your computer while Windows is running. If you have somehow picked up a virus, it's possible they can shut you down but I would be more suspect of a overheating issue or hardware/driver issue shutting your computer off.

I would suggest you take your laptop to a computer repair shop and have them look at it.

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March 29, 2013 at 12:55:10
he had physical access to a former laptop of mine; copied everything on HIS flashdrive; installed my router; put in a password h e refused to give me; went home and all hell broke loose; since then i purchased another laptop (same make, second hand) but began having the same trouble of a second windows coming up. Then he closed it down. Everything lost. Now I bought another one (same make, second hand) and the same thing is happeing . The mirror image came on appr 2 weeks after the new purchase.

yes to all other questions

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March 29, 2013 at 12:57:08
no i mean download remotely through my router (of which he has the password, I dont)

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March 29, 2013 at 15:09:28
Then reset the router to the default and enter a new password. If you don't have the instructions for the router then post the model and we can steer you to them.

Even if this person has access to your network (wireless router) you can protect your computers by putting passwords on them.

Do you also have an external hard drive that you use for backing up things?

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March 29, 2013 at 15:29:39
ZONET = zsr1134we

I have an administrator password and my user password and a master password (but sometimes my computer tells me to put a master password that seems to disappear.) He has a software program that allows him to come in and retrieve my passwords. I cant think of the name right now, but it will come to me. (in time). I see it come on sometimes (real quick , in a flash) like when I've created a new email box or something with a password.

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March 29, 2013 at 17:35:19
What you are saying about a second image is almost impossible to do remotely with out some very expensive software and a server to provide the image. and it would be very hard to implement especially without you knowing it and watching it happen, it sounds like you may have two different profiles which would explain why things seem to disappear.
Having the password to your router has nothing to do with him downloading things remotely, he needs access to your computer, not your router.

The are several VPN programs out there that would allow him to remote in without your asking. I would remove that software right away if you can remember what it is.

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March 29, 2013 at 20:43:18
The first two things I would do is 1) Do a thorough scan of the computer, because it seems like he's got a keylogger on it. I would install malwarebytes to do that. You can also look for suspicious stuff manually via winkey-r, "msconfig", startup tab.

2) Once you are free of keyloggers, do a Reset on the router. There will be a little button that you probably need a pin to push. Hold that for several seconds, usually until lights stop flashing, and the router will be reset to factor specs. Now put your own password on it so he can't get back in.

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