can they see what i browse?

September 9, 2008 5:14pm CST
This will sound like a really dumb question if the answer is no, but is there a way that someone in my house can see what I am browsing if i am on my computer and they are on theirs? can they see it on their computer, if they can how can i stop them?
4 responses
@jpap2003 (115)
• Greece
9 Sep 08
There are programs that can do this, but antivirus recognise 99% of them as trojan horses. So if you have an antivirus, you are ok. If you also have a firewall (not the one of windows xp/vista), you are very safe, as long as noone touches your computer in order to add exceptions. If I am wrong, someone correct me
9 Sep 08
thank you, I do have a good antivirus, is there any way i can check no one has added exceptions?
@spalladino (17924)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I'm familiar with some that aren't detected by antivirus programs as trojan viruses because I believe they hide as operating system files. I've run across a few of these in relation to my work.
@spalladino (17924)
• United States
9 Sep 08
3cardmonte, these types of programs are growing in popularity among parents and in the business world so they are also becoming more advanced. And, no, there is no way to tell if something has been installed on your computer because these programs do not leave a trail.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
9 Sep 08
If they are networked, I would think it would be possible. I'm no geek, but it sounds plausible to me. I'm sure someone much more knowledgeable than I will chime in with the straight scoop. I have a solution for you, though. Don't go anywhere you don't want anyone to know about ...
9 Sep 08
I don't,it's the principal of the thing though
@Anchopy (1453)
• Paraguay
10 Sep 08
the antivirus won't recognize a remote viewer.. maybe they have installed a remote viewer server in your machine as VNC Server or remote admin.. if they want they can easyly watch everything you do, not only your browsing historial.. they can even control completely your computer.. check the installed programs or use a utility to check what programs are executing at startup. You can use HiJackthis to do that.. if you find something in usual in the list of programs then is most likely that it will be a remote server listening at certain port that your family could look for..
@spalladino (17924)
• United States
9 Sep 08
There are programs that can be installed on your computer to monitor your activities, some of them remotely so you wouldn't know it was there. I don't know if any of them do it in real time. If such a program is installed on your computer there's little you can do about it since they hide so you wouldn't be able to find it to uninstall it.