Windows monitoring software?

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  1. caspian915 macrumors member

    caspian915

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    Hi all,

    I know this is an Mac forum, but I'm temporarily stuck on a PC and the forum members here have always been helpful and knowledgeable.

    So, all of the sudden I'm a paranoid user: I just bought an excellent condition PC (emachines with AMD) laptop from someone on craigslist. My previous laptop brokedown while waiting around for the cash to spend on a Mac (and no, I didn't even have enough cash at this point to get a used Mac). Windows Vista was already loaded onto the machine when I made the exchange with the guy. By all accounts he seemed normal.

    I'm curious though: is it at all possible that he would be able to load a program on Vista that would send sensitive personal info about me to him remotely with me knowing? Is there a program like Lil' Snitch but for Windows that could detect this? And if there was a program loaded on here for that, what could I look for and where would I find it?

    Lots of people will think I'm just paranoid but I know there are plenty of you out there who think/worry about this stuff and know my fears aren't completely out the question.

    Thanks for any help.

    sps
     
  2. brand macrumors 601

    brand

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    You MUST perform a full format of the hard drive and then reinstall the operating system.
     
  3. edgew8 macrumors regular

    edgew8

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    I guess you could cntrl+alt+delete and see if the lil'snitch.exe is running in processes. Google all the processes running to see if any are spyware. otherwise, reformat, reformat, reformat!
     

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