If you think that your computer may be victim to Internet monitoring or RAT spyware, you need to be sure whether it has been installed or not. On the surface, you may not be able to notice anything other than delayed responses during Internet browsing. By accessing the Windows Task Manager, you can see all of the software processes that are currently running in the background. This helps identify the ones that are desirable, and the ones most likely doing the privacy invading as well. With the right instructions, you can determine whether you computer has fallen victim or not.
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Hold down the "Ctrl," "Shift," and "Esc" keys on your computer keyboard to open the Task Manager, then click the "Processes" tab. The "Processes" tab shows you all of the current activities that are being carried out at the moment on your machine.
Look for any processes that do not include your user name, Local and Network Services, and System information. If you see any that do not include this information, you can be sure your computer has Internet monitoring or RAT spyware installed.
Click on "Start," "Control Panel," and "Windows Firewall" to check all of the open ports within your Firewall. Third-party applications can be denied or granted access to your computer's ports manually from the Firewall.
Click on the "Exceptions" tab and see if there are any programs that you do not recognise. If you see any "Remote Control" or "VNC" programs and services listed, your machine is being monitored.
Tips and warnings
- If you see a monitoring program or service on the "Exemptions" screen, you can deactivate it by removing the check mark by its name.
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