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Has someone gained remote access to my Computer?

by Timj147 / March 6, 2010 1:55 AM PST

Hi, I am new to these forums and have a question regarding the security of my computer.

I am using Windows xp sp3.

To search the internet I use a mozilla firefox icon on my desktop.Recently I have noticed it has been renaming itself.I am certain of this as it has changed from 3 of 4 different names in the last month or so.

The latest name is "bb".I googled this and the top search was for Big Brother which also seems very odd.

I have no idea what can be the cause for this but I will explain what I have done to try and combat it.I ran a program called hitman pro which found no threats.I have also done a complete scan with avast which also found nothing.

One thing I though I should mention is that a couple of months ago I used a port forwarding program to open my ports for hosting a game server.I have been in contact with my isp to make sure I have a dynamic IP which I already did.

Im not sure which of the above information is relevant to my problem but it does seem like maybe someone has a limited amount of remote access to my computer, although this renaming of my search engine icon is the only evidence I have.

Any help with this is much appreciated.

Many thanks


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RE: Has someone gained remote access to my Computer?
by theproftw / March 6, 2010 3:49 AM PST
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by Timj147 / March 6, 2010 11:22 PM PST

Thankyou for your help, I have run the program you suggested and it did find some threats.

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by Phil Crase / March 6, 2010 11:52 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

Just for drill, take a look in control panel, INTERNET OPTIONS and see if your homepage looks odd (when the funny stuff occurs) if it does, there is an issue. The prior poster made a suggestion that might just hit the mark at least temporarily but if it persists I would suggest looking into some good antivirus/spyware software.

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by Timj147 / March 7, 2010 3:07 AM PST
In reply to: Hijacker?

Hi, I did what you said and checked my homepage in Internet options and it says this


Is this normal as Im not sure what that is?

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That shows that your home page is The ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 7, 2010 4:49 AM PST
In reply to: Hijacker

Ask.com search engine and it usually gets there either because you wanted it to be, because it came pre-configured that way, or because you installed something like Foxit Reader (or some one of many other applications/utilities) that makes it your home page unless you specify differently with a custom installation.

It is not indicative of any "bad" thing.

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by Phil Crase / March 8, 2010 12:11 AM PST
In reply to: Hijacker

No that would NOT appear to be normal. For drill, backspace that out and type in whatever you use normally,example, msn.com, click apply and try again.

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