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How was someone else able to control a library computer?

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How was someone else able to control a library computer?

birchswinger
I broke off a romance with a tech geek who turned out to have unsavory connections. Initially he stalked me solo (I think), but somehow eventually got others to participate. Sounds implausible, but it happened and I have witnesses. QUESTION: During 2006 I repeatedly had this experience: I'd go to the library and begin to use a computer. All would be fine, but after a short time one of these proxy stalkers would show up, plant himself behind me, and start texting. Very quickly I'd lose control and/or access on that computer. I learned to beat the game, sort of, by suddenly running to a random computer, typing in an address I'd copied, and printing immediately. This was the only way to get any information on anything that might help me. A couple of times the thing I was reading disappeared,the screen and text changed color, and I was suddenly reading hostile messages like, "There's nothing for you here. Move along". (This when I'd found an article on rootkits in a journal for librarians.) Generally I don't share this bizarre story with people, because I know they'll be at least skeptical. But this stuff ACTUALLY HAPPENED, and I'd be grateful if you could help me understand HOW. Thanks in advance.
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Juanita Marquez
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Agreed. There are people that call TechRepublic home who are paid to do IT work, who are very smart and "jaded", and there are also people here who do the same and can actually be labeled "professional" in conduct or at the very least, gracious and tolerant. I know who I'd rather follow. Puerile behavior may be acceptable to those who have been here awhile and can take the punches but IMO I'd rather err on the side of being welcoming to someone who may not turn out to be who they say they are than scaring off people that took an interest in TR in the first place and badmouthing it down the road to people that may be positive for the site. But hey, I'm weird that way.

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Slayer_
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It's like any other public forum. You have to filter it yourself, take the information you want, ignore the stuff you don't want.

I think of it this way.
If someone says a rude joke, even if not to you. Do you (A) yell at them for offending you or (B) ignore it and get on with your day.

Here is a blog post about someone that chose option (A).
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/career/off-color-remarks-at-conference-result-in-two-developers-getting-fired/4872?tag=mantle_skin;content

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PurpleSkys Moderator
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well put Slayer_ ....thank you :) Most of us don't mean to come across as rude; we're just a little too blunt at times or it's been one of those days. No excuse, I know...

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birchswinger
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I suppose that you're right, Slayer, that most public forums are going to be a mixed bag of wisdom and ignorance, good will and bad. And yeah, we all get to make choices about how we respond to people. The choice to respond to another's post IS the FIRST CHOICE. If one thinks someone's question should be dismissed for some reason, why even take the time to write a response? If you do write a response you have other choices: you can decide that you want to avoid hurting someone needlessly as you take the time to contribute thoughts that you (presumably) figure will be of some use to someone. Or you can be overly "blunt", as PurpleSkys said. But that's a choice too, and when you make it you can't blame others for asking why. And you're right, PurpleSkys, about how there really is no excuse for responding like a jerk. If you've had a bad day then do the kinds of things that decent, mature adults do to get rid of stress or whatever but spare the rest of us. Clearly some people on Tech Republic have a pretty narrow idea of who should be recognized as a welcome visitor to the Republic and a rightful speaker in a forum. Thankfully other members of TR have extended themselves to defend my right to be here, to answer my (sincere, non-sinister) question, to express concern for my wellbeing, and to apologize for other TR members who'd dismissed me, or snarled at me, or sneered at me, or did all three by turns. (And Slayer_, you were not rude to me, and thank you for that. I WASN'T looking for "evil" suggestions, but given your lack of meanness to me ----even after I distanced myself from your how-to-take-revenge feedback --- I'm gonna bet you've got a good heart behind that cynical, devil-may-care online persona.) I do think that I and other non-geeks (who have searched elsewhere unsuccessfully for answers) have every reason and every right to show up at TR in the hope that experts will help us with our questions if they want to and they can. And apparently most of y'all (Thank you, Juanita Marquez) agree with me, so....cool.

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Slayer_
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Dang I just read that this happened 7 years ago.
Sorry, my advice was worthless.

Did you ever figure out who did it?

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birchswinger
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For some reason the site isn't saving edits I'm trying to make today, even though it says under my post that I "edited" it a minute ago. I did TRY to edit two things, and repeatedly hit save button (was logged in) but changes have not been saved. Anyway. Juanita, your name was supposed to be in the blank. :)

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Slayer_
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When you hit save in TR. It often doesn't refresh the page. But it does save.

But I do think you should check that computer for remote control software like VNC. It is usually in the taskbar by the clock. But you can use task manager to check what services are running.
You can also edit the windows firewall to block those things.
It's hard to explain how for every version of windows.
http://support.microsoft .com/kb/843090

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PurpleSkys Moderator
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just refresh the page after you make your edits and hit save...they'll be there after a refresh

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-Loanman
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@birchswinger: It is unfortunate that so many in my profession lack even rudimentary social skills, and think that name-calling is an ok thing to do. I would like to apologize on behalf of true IT professionals everywhere for the conduct of one or two on this thread who claim to be professional but demonstrate otherwise by communicating in a most unprofessional way.

If I talked to end-users the way you have been addressed here, I would quickly become a professional unemployment recipient. I hope all goes well for you and that you are granted a modicum of peace.

All that being said, I'd love to get my hands on the jerk/s who perpetrated this evil on you and do some very unprofessional things to them.

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birchswinger
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Thanks for the useful info, Slayer and PurpleSkys, and I appreciate your patience. And LOANMAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. What you said was really lovely. The closing line is my favorite. It's remarkable how powerfully good it feels to hear someone say, in essence, "You didn't deserve to be hurt, and I'd stand by you and teach these jerks that they won't be hurting you anymore." Because that's what I needed (kinda still need) WAY more than anything else: emotional support. The lessons from my own experience suggest to me that a person in a situation like the one I've described will probably be able to get through some truly hellish things (even in the absence of successful, real-world solutions to the problem )as long as she feels that others are emotionally there for her. So thanks again, Loanman.