Posted on 2006-05-19
I have a small home network. Four PC's all running WinXP which access the internet through a Netgear router (all PC's are wired to the router, no wireless) and then a cable modem (static IP address). About two weeks ago one of the machines began to turn on by itself, occasionally, no more than once per day. At the same time the boot went from; going straight to the desktop, to, having the welcome screen pop up with only the single icon for the user(no password).
Last night one of the other machines on this network was manually turned on and went to the Welcome screen with the single user icon rather than straight to the desktop.
I have run Adaware, Spybot, and have the current McAfee antivirus running on all machines, all scans find zero problems. In additon the WinXP firewalls are all enabled.
I am feeling a bit paranoid. Is there something else I should be looking for? Have I been hacked and how do I find out?
Thank you for taking time to read through this.