April 5th, 2005, 02:12 AM
HELP!!! I need answers....
I have a question that may be a no brainer, but I have to ask it.
I have found some very unfavorable cookies on one of our home PC's. I didn't have it protected as far as family content goes and certainly have my regrets about that.
My husband and I have questioned the family and naturally no one knows anything. My question is this....is it possible for things to be put on the computer from a remote location? we do have a wireless network, and I know that cookies can come from popups etc (although I have never seen popups like these ) Also, you know the thing that remembers what you have entered into search engines etc....I can't remember what it's called. It usually sets up when you first set up Windows. Anyway, I found some things in a search engine as well. Someone had to have typed those in as searches, right? Everything points to one person in particular, but we can't get a confession. This person swears they didn't look at anything like that. Do I believe it? I'd love to hear that there is a way for this all to happen without touching the keyboard, but am having a hard time with that. Any input out there?
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3
April 5th, 2005, 02:14 AM
Porn can be easy to stumble on by accedent, unless it's something really freaky I would not worry about it.
April 5th, 2005, 02:49 AM
Not so much freaky as it is unnerving. If it WAS someone here, it was NOT accidental. There were several searches done and numerous cookies from about 5 seperate dates. I just want to know if it's possible to have this happen outside of sitting here at this computer. any answers for that?
April 5th, 2005, 02:51 AM
Cookies can come from anywhere...
But the searches that were entered... They were entered. You can't "accidentally" search for pornography...
I wouldn't worry too much, but make sure you protect your machine. Backups of everything important, an up to date antivirus, a firewall, etc.
As for your can it be done remotely question... yes and no... It could be done remotely, but it wasn't. SOmeone would have had to break into your computer and yadda yadda... If they had been stealing wireless, there would be no local cookies or searches. Look at when the cookies were created, and find out who was on the machine. You then have your culprit. Although, it's not 100%, due again to cookies coming from many places.
April 5th, 2005, 02:54 AM
Well, I'm still not sure what was happening. Possible yes, but likely someone was looking at the stuff that set the cookies and did the searches. If you are that worried about it watch your kids while there are online. I saw plenty of porn when I was growing up, and I turned out fine.
Now someone please pass me the goat and some cheese wiz.
April 5th, 2005, 02:55 AM
Oh yeah... A firewall will also allow you to monitor internet activity... just look at the logs...
April 5th, 2005, 03:01 AM
Momomany... Anything is possible when it comes to computers..... In this situation I would say that it is unlikely. I can't see any motive someone would have in planting cookies on your computer and search records.
Take a look at the index.dat file and see what websites were visited and how often. Don't rule out anyone in the house, but it may be time to look at a net nanny type application to lock it down.
Duct tape.....A whole lot of Duct Tape
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April 5th, 2005, 03:29 AM
The index.dat file....is that what I saw in the cookies list? It did tell me dates, times and how often sites were visited. The ones that say index are generally filled with computer language or just say"Client UrlCache" Some of the sites were visited twice, most only once. I did check out a site, but wished I hadn't. such filth!
April 5th, 2005, 03:31 AM
BYW...doesn't XP have a firewall? is there a way to look at a log of that?
April 5th, 2005, 03:44 AM
Unless you either have Service Pack 2 or specifically enabled the firewall... It's not there.
Assuming it is... You still have no useful logs. It is only affects incoming traffic. The logs are by default in the C:\windows directory. I forget the file name... just look for *.log