View Full Version : Help. May have been hacked.

12-21-2004, 11:40 PM
Well, my computer lately has been acting up. With KNoppix I have been accessing the internet, then when I am finished, I shut it off. I have dial up. I kept the phone line connected to the wall from the computer. and a few hours later, the computer mysteriously starts up by itself. I got suspicious after this happened EVERY TIME I TURNED THE COMPUTER OFF WITH THE PHONE LINE IN, AND I eventually, a few days ago, unplugged the computer from the phone jack. The computer has stopped starting up by itself. Has my computer been hacked. Is a hacker somehow accessing my computer even when it's off?

Harry Kuhman
12-21-2004, 11:53 PM
Many computers have wake-on-lan and wake-on-ring options to let the computer power down but turn itself on when an incoming event needs it. I suspect it's most likely that your computer is waking up when it sees an incoming ring. This is likely something you can disable in your BIOS.

12-22-2004, 12:11 AM
Easy way to try is to turn the PC off, plug in the line and called the line.