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How To Get Rid Of A Hacker??

By Diamondgirl54 ·
I've got a hacker who keeps breaking into my computer through my browser. I use both IE 9.0 and Firefox 4.0. It doesn't matter - he breaks in through either one. It started with him breaking into my Hotmail account; now he is breaking into websites where I shop, especially Amazon. How do I get rid of this guy??!! I've got Norton 360 for security, but that certainly isn't working. What to do??

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Are you sure?

by RayFoxxe In reply to How To Get Rid Of A Hacke ...

Are you sure that this is certainly a hacker? Not just maybe your family members, friends, or people you know that's getting into your accounts? Not unless you were browsing on scam shop sites or have been shopping on phishing sites or on explicit sites, then you will most certainly be targeted for account and identity theft.

If this is really serious hacking where you're losing privacy and your money on online accounts, I suggest you first cancel all of your online accounts to your bank accounts or any other financial online services, inform your services that your accounts are in the risk of getting hacked, and if your area has the proper department to deal with online theft, inform the proper authorities.

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by Diamondgirl54 In reply to Are you sure?

Yes, I am being hacked via browser. It's not a family member; most of my relatives are older and not computer savvy. I don't do adult sites, and I try to be careful about phishing and scams....but I may have stumbled on one anyway, or at least some malware or something. I have been having this problem since I downloaded the latest version of Norton 360, so I am not sure what to think. I do not bank online, but I am terrified that this person may get hold of my credit card info if I make a purchase. I am going to contact Norton and take a good hard look at my antivirus software, at Windows, etc. All my Adobe products were already updated, so I will look at all of the other suggestions to try to solve my problem. Thanks so much for all input and suggestions.

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by Diamondgirl54 In reply to Are you sure?

tried to recover June 8....computer died....will have to buy new. thanks anyway for the help.

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what makes you think

by Mike Bird In reply to How To Get Rid Of A Hacke ...

There are some key things to consider.

1) is your computer fully O/S patched?
- this means running Windows Update (or the equivalent apple O/S update) until all critical and suggeseted updates are deployed.

2) is your AntiVirus/Firewall solution updated and correctly configured?
- While norton is a reasonable product any AV/FW solution is only good if it is kept up to date. This means running (or setting auto) update routines.

- its no use if its misconfigured.

It may be worth finding the "reset" option in the AV/FW software and using it to set everything back to the default configuration (which is usually secure) then working your way throught the configuration and setting the options to a "very secure" configuration.

While this may generate a lot of messages and warnings as you start using the system; which you should be considering carefully; the benefit will be a more secure setup.

3) Other applications & Devices

Ensure that things like Adobe Acrobat, Flash Player and Shockwave Player are kept updated.
If you use another browser (Firefox for instance) then again update that.

If you view MEDIA files (movies / audio) on your computer then ensure you are careful when any file prompts you to download CODECS. One vector for viruses is to put a tempting file on the net then try to convince viewers that they need to download a CODEC to view the particular type of encoding in that file.

Remember also that USB memory sticks and even camera memory cards can contain viruses. If its been connected to your computer and the computer is infected. Plugging an infected stick into your computer may well just undo all your work so ensure you configure your AV software to scan removable media devices.


4) Unsolicited files

You've just got an email from a friend suggesting you try out a great program which they've thoughtfully attached. You've got an email from a courier company with an executable attachment that they insist you run to get the package they have on hold from you. You're being invited to open a PDF file to get a chance to win 10,000 USD.

All of the above are likely to be something nasty. If you're in doubt then phone the person up and ask them. Courier companies do not send executable programs via email to schedule deliveries; and lets face it, the majority of advance fraud fee scams on the news should have alerted you to the probablity of these being bogus.

4) Network Security

Remember if you've got a Broadband Router this has likely got a degree of protection build into it. Make sure the router is configured correctly
- ensure your router is not configured to casually permit external connections
- ensure you have not disabled protections against Port Scan

If your router is supplied by your ISP then consider contacting them for advise on checking the configuration. Alternatively if your router is your own purchase then note all settings and then consider a RESET (back to manufacturer's base settings) and then reconfigure it from scratch. Many routers automatically detect broadband configuration directly off the line.

5) WIFI security.
If you don't use WIFI then SWITCH THE FUNCTION OFF ON THE ROUTER.

If you are using it then consider if you need to use it. For instance POWERLINE type devices can provide excellent data connections direct to your router as long as you have a power socket near your desk location.

If you must have WIFI enabled then ensure you setup your router
- To hide the SSID (not broadcast)
- To use a complex password (a mix of Upper/Lower letters, Numbers and at least one ! @ or * or other non-letter character) (ensure you note the password down and store it OFFLINE)
- To use WAP or WAP2 encryption (NOT WEP)

6) ONCE YOU'VE GOT ALL THAT DONE
- Put your computer into SAFE MODE and do a full scan of the computer
- Go and download the freeware versions of tools like Malwarebytes Antimalware and AVG Free and use those to independently check and scan your computer.

From ANOTHER COMPUTER which you have a confidence is clean then change all your passwords. Remember to use complex passwords as per my note on Wifi above.

Now go back to your computer and run those anti virus scan again.
At that point you have a reasonable confidence of having a secure computing environment.

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by Diamondgirl54 In reply to what makes you think

Mr. Bird, you are one very thorough human being, and I am extremely grateful for your input. Yes, I do think I am being hacked via browser. This is my story: Several weeks ago, while I was logged into my Hotmail account, I noticed the marquee above the URL (the spot where it says "Hotmail" and gives your email address) began to flicker wildly. When it stopped flickering, the marquee said "Hotmail (1)", the (1) giving an indication that a second window for my email account was open somewhere in the world. Whenever I switched folders, the second person would get kicked out - but within seconds, the marquee would begin to flicker wildly again and soon the "Hotmail (1)" would return, showing the account open in 2 places. I did not want to lose the account, as I have several years worth of Internet Marketing info archived in it. So I moved almost all of my current email activity to another account. I thought this had solved my problem, until I began going to other websites, places like Amazon (that does not require a password to enter and browse), and suddenly as soon as I entered the website the marquee would flicker wildly, until the hacker managed to get in, then the flickering would stop, and there would just be a double connect every time I went to a different page. I got mad and began just flipping back and forth very quickly between pages on the Amazon website; the marquee began to flicker wildly each time I quickly changed pages until I stopped and gave up. At that point he broke through again, and my pages began to double connect again as he followed my every move. Eventually he realized I wasn't going to buy anything, and he pulled out, causing my screen to jump. I knew he was gone because the marquee stopped flickering and the double connect problem stopped. He keeps showing up now, but only at websites where I usually buy things. There is always the flickering, and the double connect once he/they break through. The only thing I can think is that he may be following me based on when my IP address shows active, (I am the only person at my house who uses my computer) and then he/they follow me to certain shopping websites to see if I will give any credit card info. Thank you again Mr. Bird; I will look at and try to implement your suggestions to see if I can solve my problem.

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by TobiF In reply to what makes you think

Great advice from Mike, but I DISAGREE on one small point:
You should NOT hide SSID on your wireless network.

If SSID is not being broadcast by the router/access point, then your computer must to be configured to try its own list of "hidden SSID" whenever it wants to connect to the network.
Let's say, your hidden SSID at home is "MyHiddenSSID". When you turn your laptop on at the airport, the first thing your wireless card will do is, when it sees any network with hidden SSID, it will try to connect, using the SSID "MyHiddenSSID". So a bad guy could simply program a fake access point to behave as if it has a hidden SSID, and then <strong>automatically accept any connection attempt</strong> and, obviously, serve lots of nasty things, or at least sniff on all your email passwords etc before you even know it.
In short: Always show your SSID, do use WPA security and do employ really hard to guess Wifi passwords, like "0gqe9G6gerHe4@$..#^$^\\/f?=oig" (OK, don't use this particular one, since it's already taken :)

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by Diamondgirl54 In reply to what makes you think

Tried to do recovery June 8 and computer died. will have to start over. Thanks anyway for all of the help and suggestions.

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It sounds like you have a virus that is doing keystroke logging

by robo_dev In reply to How To Get Rid Of A Hacke ...

You need to disconnect your PC from the Internet and get it disinfected. Some malware and viruses can be very difficult to remove, so it may be faster/easier to simply backup the data and re-load the OS of the computer.

On a different PC, go and change ALL your online passwords, and be sure that you NEVER reuse the same password for multiple sites.

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by Diamondgirl54 In reply to It sounds like you have a ...

I tried to do a recovery June 8 and my computer died. thanks anyway for all the advice.

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time to start over

by ohiomike12 In reply to How To Get Rid Of A Hacke ...

I agree with the other posters, and it may be time for you to reinstall windows if you have some nasty malware. use different passwords at each site, make them complex enough, and use 2 factor authentication on your email (google it. as a matter of fact, google may offer it). consider that it may be a family member and you can install free whole disk encryption such as truecrypt.

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