Help in tracking a stolen laptop through IP address and other information

Posted on 2007-09-30
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
I have had a laptop stolen.  I have two pieces of software on it that may help me find the thief.

The first is a remote online backup program that runs automatically early every morning.  The second is a remote access program from

If the thief were careless enough to connect this laptop to the Internet, what way(s) might I use to track down where the laptop was connecting from?  I might be able to get connected remotely using LogMeIn and copy and run a batch file onto the stolen laptop that could obtain IP address and other information that might identify the location of the thief.  I have thought about creating a text file using something like an IPCONFIG > IPINFO.TXT command but I don't think that will give me enough information to really track the culprit down.

What command or ways could I use to get enough information to specifically locate where the laptop was connected to the Internet?

I could also use the remote online backup program to send me files created by the above batch file idea every time the backup software starts up.

I have also thought that if I could get access to the laptop through LogMeIn for a long enough time, I might download and install one of the "locate and recover" programs that are meant for this very situation.  Does anyone have any particular one they would recommend.  The best would be quick and easy to download and configure since I will possibly be working against the clock on this and don't want to be showing a presence on the laptop any longer than necessary.  I realize I can blank the screen and disable the keyboard and mouse using LogMeIn but I still don't want to be on the laptop for long or the thief may get suspicious.

Thanks for any ideas.

Question by:mgump9
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    Lojack for laptops is good. ZTrace look like a good one too.
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    This is a free option for what to install to track your PC. It emails you whenever an IP address changes:

    You do have to configure it the first time.

    As for how to locate a PC from its IP address, see:

    Note that these can only tell you approximately (i.e. which city or campus), you'd still need to report this to law enforcement to do anything about it.

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