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Does turning PC mic off in Windows keep it turned off?

So I have disable the mic in my PC in Windows Settings and have no webcam attached. I keep wondering if this really protects me from someone activating my mic without my knowledge and listening to me? I do have the Malwarebytes security suite and Norton running, and sometimes my NordVPN, too, if any of that affects it.

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The sad thing is.

Nope. A determined hacker will get in if you let them by say installing their apps or falling for socially engineered attacks.

You may want to have it disconnected by some tech. In most laptops it's just a matter to unplug the mic.

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disabling mic in PC

Thanks for your response. Two questions. Why would my anti-spyware, anti-virus, etc. software not recognize such an app as hostile? And what kind of socially engineered attack do you mean? Something IRL or on social media?

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That's easy.

It's an app, code, method that the anti-_____ hasn't seen before.

By socially engineered is on the web. Mainly where you follow some instruction by someone and it creates the issue or exploit. That is, the owner or pc user participated in letting the bad thing, person in.

Yes to IRL, social media and my favorite, all those fake support sites claiming to be official support for Windows, Skype, AOL, Samsung phones and the list goes on for ever it seems.

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Finding the right techie

Thanks again, mon. I was wondering where I could find a techie who could I could trust to disconnect the internal mic without killing my laptop. Any thoughts? Also, do you know if letting someone do this would void the warranty? Probably, if Dell found out, which they might if the techie screwed something up.

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If in warranty your options are indeed limited.

But the chances of this happening are slim but I'm running into folk that demand certainty.

With that out of the way I've worked on many models. You covered the web cam so is the mic easy to cover too. I mean your cell phone can suffer the same leakage yet you didn't write about that or Amazon products that listen, log what you ask and many other things.

Maybe it's best to find a way to use the machine with no internet connection?

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