How To Find Out If Someone Is Secretly Using Your PC
How To Find Out If Someone Is Secretly Using Your PC

Secure your personal documents from being illegally accessed by other person by checking all the logs and details of the activities that had been done on your PC using the best possible ways.



You may not want to compromise your privacy by giving your personal computer to other as when you do so all your media and other secret files and their access is in other hands, and you can’t make sure that the other person is well using it. So better is to do some measures that will help you to know about the person that was using your computer. Yes, it’s possible on your Windows PC, you can check out about the person that was accessing your computer in your absence. So have a look on complete guide discussed below to proceed.

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How To Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC

Here we are discussing some of the best methods that you can use to know about the activities done by the person in your absence. So have a look at all the possible methods below.

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#1 Method: Using Windows Event Viewer

Step 1: Go to Start and Run or press consecutively both Windows Keys+R. If you are running the latest version later than XP, you have to type the following in smart search present in the start menu.

Step 2: In the search box, type ‘eventvwr.msc‘ and press Enter.

Find Out If Someone's Secretly Using Your Computer
Find Out If Someone Is Secretly Using Your Computer

Step 3: The Event Viewer Screen will come up but if you are using Windows Vista and UAC pops up, you must choose Continue.

Find Out If Someone's Secretly Using Your Computer
Find Out If Someone’s Secretly Using Your Computer

Step 4: Open the System Log i.e., a log that keeps the record of currently used data with dates and times. By this data, you can easily find out when your computer was last used.

You can visit our post How To Find Who Logged Into Your Computer And When for in-depth details to find out who logged into your computer.

#2 Method: USBDeview – View all installed/connected USB Devices

USBDeview is a small program that records all USB devices that are connected to your computer currently and even all USB devices that are previously used. When a pen drive is plugged in your PC, you can view a full history of pen drive using this cool tool.

Find Out If Someone's Secretly Using Your Computer
Find Out If Someone’s Secretly Using Your Computer

#3 Method: Recent Places

Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC
Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC

Recent Places shows all recent files and folders in your Window PC. By this, you can watch what unnamed users access on your computer. What files and folders are accessed by unidentified users?

#4 Method: VLC History

If anyone has installed VLC video player and is playing video from it, you can see the history by right clicking on the VLC icon or by checking the recent history. By this, you can have a look towards the history whom the anonymous user has accessed and has started playing on your computer.

Step 1. First of all, you need to open VLC media player.

Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC
Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC

Step 2. Now you need to click on Media.

Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC
Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC

Step 3. From there you need to click on ‘Open Recent Media.’

Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC
Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC

Now, you will see all the Recent media files that are accessed by any anonymous users.

#5 Open Saved Files

Open Save Files View is a simple tool that shows you the list of all files that are previously searched upon or are opened with the standard open Save dialog box of Windows. If any anonymous user is accessing your files or modifies your any files, you can access his/her action by this tool.

Find Out If Someone's Secretly Using Your Computer
Find Out If Someone’s Secretly Using Your Computer

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#6 Executed Programs List

Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC
Find out if Someone Is Secretly using your PC

Executed Programs List is a very helpful tool if you want to see a list of programs and batch files that are already executed on your system. If someone is secretly using your computer, then he/she will execute something unusual, this is where you can find out if someone else is using your computer.

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So this is all about How To Find Out If Someone Is Secretly Using Your Computer. Use these guides, and you can watch out the activities being going on your PC and also the countermeasures that you can take for this. Hope you like the guide, do share with others too. Leave a comment below if you have any related queries with this.


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Karanpreet Singh
Karanpreet Singh is the Co-Founder of Techviral. He writes about how to, tutorials especially on Android, iPhone, Computer, Internet, Social Networks, etc. Apart from this, he is an Ec-Council CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and a Digital Marketing Expert. He loves to share his knowledge with others through blogging.