Re: Someone storing their MP3s on my hard drive???
From: Steve (steve_at_spamtrap.org)
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 13:14:35 +0100
Jem Berkes <firstname.lastname@example.org> typed:
>> Found today 3 Gigs worth of MP3 files on my computer. Is it possible
>> for someone to just store their files on my hard drive? How do I
>> prevent this?
> Don't bother trying to find out how someone got in. They either
> guessed a password and logged in over the internet,
If this were the case then you should add some steps to your points below
> or exploited some
> out of date software running on your computer, or took advantage of a
> virus/trojan already on your system, etc, etc. WHAT YOU MUST DO NOW:
> * disconnect the computer from the Internet
> * back up any important data you want to keep
> * re-install the OS, all apps from scratch (wipe out original HD)
> * after re-install run Windows Update repeatedly until you are
> completely up to date. Install any service packs your OS needs.
> * install a firewall; try to avoid software firewalls if possible. An
> old computer can be configured as a firewall using linux or you can
> buy a dedicated hardware firewall.
> * after you have a working firewall, then connect your machine to the
If it is a windows box, disable file & printer sharing, ideally uninstall
the server service, disable netbios over TCPIP, disable the remote registry
service, disable messenger, disable run as service. Yes a filewall can
prevent this but only is configured correctly, best to disable/remove