Someone is remotely connecting to my computer

Posted on 2006-05-20
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I use Remote Desktop Connection to log on to my computer at work. It has worked fine until the last week. Lately the session keeps disconnecting and I get a message that says that the Windows session was disconnected because another user log on to my computer. Sometimes when I reconnect I find open files that I had not opened myself and even my outlook inbox was opened once. I know no one is accessing my computer directly because I lock my office when I leave, but apparently someone is accesing it remotely just as I do. Is there any way to find the IP address of whoever is doing it and the physical location of the computer from where the connection is being made?

Thank you.
Question by:monip111
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    Accepted Solution

    Sure, in Control Panel -> Windows Firewall, click on "Advanced", then click on "Settings" for "Security Logging" and make sure logging is enabled. You can then review the log file to see who may be connecting.

    Finding the physical location may be tricky, but you can enter an IP address at and get more information about what domain it belongs to.
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    Expert Comment

    hi there

    first of all change the password of the user name with which ur logging in. secondly u can enable user auditing in Windows XP. And look for successful logons in the Event Log with a 'Login Type: 10'. if u have the ip address u can use a software called visualroute or other softwares which would let u trace the IP. but the problem is that this will give u only a geographical location. like if i am connecting from india using the govt network the location would be given as point x which is the gateway to internet of the service provider while i may be 500 miles within india.

    so also if a user is connecting from the same location where ur it will u the same city name so what is the use. anyhow u can always trace it down to the isp provider and can log a police case.


    Author Comment

    Thank you to both r-k and bhanukir7. Your responses were very useful and clear. I gave the points to r-k because it was the first response I received.
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks, and good luck finding the culprit.

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