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IP addresses

By Laryn31 ยท 27 replies
Sep 20, 2003
  1. How do you find the IP address of another computer....
    I know that its listed somewhere in the emails, but im not able to locate it... also, how can i see if someone has been viewing my email accounts. I know it saves the address to the computer like a cookie, even if it was accessed somewhere else...
    i just need to know what part of the address it is listed in, or how i can find it.
  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    I dont know about the e-mail logging, but to find out your (internal) IP address goto Start>Run>cmd*enter*>ipconfig

    That works if your behind a router to get your interal address. Pretty sure it'll give you your external address if your on a modem too. If your behind a router, go here to get your (real) external address:


    hope this helps :)
  3. Laryn31

    Laryn31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you... I have found my IP address... Im wanting to know how to find someone elses who has been in my accounts, becuase it saves your ip address or something to the page like a cookie any time its opened... where in the domain is it listed when i go to look...
  4. novicegamer

    novicegamer TS Rookie Posts: 89

    cant you just change your pass words
  5. Laryn31

    Laryn31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no. Im asking becuase this person has a "sniffer"... theyre not looking through my password. They somehow got my IP address out of an email i sent them, and they uses it to open any conversations ive had on the internet, any emails ive sent or that have been sent to me, without looking in my inbox... hes using my IP to hack into cyberspace...
    Theyre tracking my flights through it, anything i do...
    Its not as simple as changing my password, you see... I changed it, and the things that were brought to my attention were things that I had done AFTER the change...
  6. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    I would recommend you check your computer for trojans such as sub7. There is little anyone can do armed with just your IP. This person has your personal info and has possibly spoofed your IP when using it in order to cover his/her tracks.

    Steps to take:
    Scan your machine for any backdoors/trojans
    Change your IP(contact your ISP for this)
    change all your passwords
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    You may want to consider firewall software or a router if you are on DSL / Cable.
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    There is no way someone can get your IP from an email unless you are using your own computer as the mail server or you use your own domain/host name as your email address.

    If you are alone behind you internet connection, then you have some trojan or other malware on your machine, better do what StormBringer and Rick said.

    If the evil person is on the same LAN as you, he sees alomost everything you do online and there is pretty much nothing you can do about it. Most mail server and web page passwords are sent plaintext and they are for everyone to see.
  9. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Are you on broadband, cable, lan, or dial-up?
  10. Laryn31

    Laryn31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im on cable.... Thank you for the input... I will try to have my IP changed...
    The only reason i believe how this person told me they got into my things, was becuase they have a degree in electrical engineering, and know how to build computers and programs...
    They said all they have to do is use my IP and know where to look and they can find out anything..
    Ive changed my passwords, secret questions, ive even changed email account names, and changed to using my email through a different server... They are not on the same Lan setting, but they did set up my computer.. and thats how they said they got my IP..
    Theyve even been able to find flights that ive booked through travelocity, where the iteneraries are sent through someone elses email...
    I know that this information can be found through the FAA becuase of the Information Act Clinton signed, but why would they go through the trouble every time to check and see if i was flying anywhere??
    I know about the act, becuase i said that what they were doing was illegal, and i was going to report it, but they brought this to my attention...
    I dont know what else to do... If i change my IP, will that be able to restrict them from stalking me further??
  11. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    If they set up your computer, then there's a good chance they placed some surveillance software (e.g. a keylogger to record your keystrokes and quietly send email reports to a specific address), or even a trojan on your system. If that is the case, then changing your ip will not solve your problem. I suspect that they have told you the ip story as a red herring. If I were you I'd install a firewall and it will alert you is any software tries to access the network, and it will stop anyone from outside accessing your PC. You might also try installing pest patrol to check for spy software on your PC. If I were you I'd format my hard drive and install everything again from scratch, making sure to install a firewall as well.

    Pest Patrol
  12. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    I assure you that an IP alone can't get you much more than an ISP, which could lead to who it belongs to but not much else. I agree with Nic, the IP story was a crock(its actually one of the oldest tricks in the "proverbial" book)
    This person has aparently installed some sort of spy app on your machine, as nic suggested. This is highly illegal unless you are an employee of theirs or something. I would suggest you run the app nic suggested, then change all your info.

    Using a trojan or surveilence software, it is very easy for someone to get pretty much any info they want that is stored on or keyed into your computer.

    Do the things we have suggested and don't allow this person anywhere near your computer again.
    You may be able to press charges if you wish to do so. I believe this could be classified as stalking, as well as hacking, which the authorities are very glad to nail someone to the wall on lately. You said that the flight info is public info, but your emails and other information is not.
  13. Laryn31

    Laryn31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a firewall set up to keep hackers out, everything on my computer is protected...
    I recieved another message, after questioning them, and i was told that installing a trojan or spyware would have been the easy way to do it, and it was a good idea, but they preferred to do it the "fun" way... and how espionage was such a fun thing.

    Also, what i was saying about the Information Act, and looking through emails, and what not... They said that they found it on the internet, without accessing any of my inboxes... and that everything on the internet is public information.... so that pressing charges would get me nowhere, becuase they werent technically doing anything wrong...
    I know this person very well.. and well enough to know that they are smart enough to know how to get themselves out of most situations, and that they know people everywhere, and have connections to and through almost anything they want...
    I dont know what would be left to do besides buy a new laptop, and cable router, because i know that even though my laptop has an address, my router does as well, and takes the one from my laptop to make its own... so i would have to replace everything in order to keep my privacy... sooo expensive :mad:
  14. Laryn31

    Laryn31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Is it forbidden to post email addresses on this webpage???
    I need to send something that i found on my computer, with this persons name in it...
    its headed <?xml version="1.0" encoding="unicode"?>
    i dont know what it is, but it looks like something where they would have been trying to link my computer to theirs or something.... i was reading through the strings...
  15. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I think you are reading too much into this. Email headers tell you very basic information that isn't always very useful.

    Get a firewall and be done with it! :) They are easy, free and work 100% (Of course, that figure is relative).

  16. Laryn31

    Laryn31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a firewall!!! I just reinstalled a new one... Im not talking about an email header...
    its something i found INSIDE of my computer in hidden files...
  17. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    They tell you that didn't install a trojan and you actually believe them? BTW all they told you is BS. And who are they anyway? With you actually chatting like this?

    But there a zillion places they could hide another zillion things in your computer. Antivirus software lists only know trojans and you may have unknowingly allowed the trojan past your firewall..

    The best thing would really be to format and reinstall (corny, I know). And for god's sake, get someone trustworthy to do the job this time.

    Hiding your IP address is not a security measure, anyone can get a hold of it if they want to. It is a matter of securing your computer behind the IP address.
  18. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    That header you posted is the declaration for an xml file. It seems he may have written his own spyware and installed it on your PC. That file may be a configuration file. Feel free to post it here.

    Also, don't be an *****. You should format your hard drive and then reinstall everything you need. If you're not willing to to that, then you deserve everything you get. Don't talk to this person anymore, format your drive, and then I'll bet he is unable to get hold of any new info from you. Don't tell him anything.
  19. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    That is probably your best option, even if it is a pain in the rear. This will be the only way to ensure that you have gotten rid of all of the spyware/backdoor files.

    An even better solution is to choose your friends wisely, and get help from someone who you can trust. Obviously this person can't be trusted, and if it is a friend I would seriously reconsider new friends because this sort of stuff is not something that true friends do.
  20. Laryn31

    Laryn31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i know... its an ex boyfriend who wont leave me alone, and wont let things go...
  21. Laryn31

    Laryn31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    C:\Documents and Settings\**** ****\My Documents\CollectedData_73.xml

    this is what i found on my computer.. it may have been nothing, but i dont know what else it could be...

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="unicode" ?>
    <NAMESPACE NAME="root" />
    <NAMESPACE NAME="cimv2" />
    - <INSTANCENAME CLASSNAME="Win32_ProgramGroup">
    - <KEYBINDING NAME="Name">
    <KEYVALUE VALUETYPE="string">All Users:programTracker 1.22</KEYVALUE>
    - <INSTANCE CLASSNAME="Win32_ProgramGroup">
    - <PROPERTY NAME="GroupName" TYPE="string">
    <VALUE>ProgramTracker 1.22</VALUE>
    - <PROPERTY NAME="Name" TYPE="string">
    <VALUE>All Users:programTracker 1.22</VALUE>
    - <PROPERTY NAME="UserName" TYPE="string">
    <VALUE>All Users</VALUE>
    - <PROPERTY NAME="Change" TYPE="string">
    <NAMESPACE NAME="root" />
    <NAMESPACE NAME="cimv2" />
    - <INSTANCENAME CLASSNAME="Win32_ProgramGroup">
    - <KEYBINDING NAME="Name">
    <KEYVALUE VALUETYPE="string">MOBILE_****\&&&&& &&&&&:Accessories</KEYVALUE>

    this is only part of the string... Ive replaced my name with *'s and his with &'s... so where ever you see those, its either his or my name
  22. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I don't know what any of that stuff means personally, but as I said before the only option to make sure you FULLY get rid of this nonsense is to format and reinstall.

    And if you need help doing that I know we can do that so you can print it off and go from there.
  23. Laryn31

    Laryn31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    would you please....
  24. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    If you really want to keep your privacy, then format your hard drive now. That's the easiest way, as tracking down exactly what is installed and eliminating it would be difficult, unless you are good with computers.

    It does look like some kind of data collection software has been installed. This could very well be spyware, especially as his details are in that file, along with yours. Is there an email address in that file (search for '@' symbol in notepad)?
  25. Greeno

    Greeno TS Rookie Posts: 281

    Jesus :)

    crack pot or what...

    You're getting sound advice tho... I'm not ratin' Nic's new avatar tho ;) i prefered the old one... but... clean load your O/S is the way to go unfortunately :-\

    Good luck!
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