Is it common that computers are hijacked to run data?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by slackercruster, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. slackercruster

    slackercruster Member

    When I put my computer asleep I've found it to awaken numerous times and running really hot. (processing lots of data.) It is not doing a MS update either. I remember way back when computer users were asked if they wanted to join a group where their computers would crunch data while idle. I never signed up for it and don't want to be a part of it now, if it still exists. I've started to log off the internet when I put the computer asleep and have had no further problems awakening. Is this even a issue nowadays with all the hi-powered computers? Are computers ever hijacked in off hours to run someone's data?
  2. OmniDyne

    OmniDyne Active Member

    Interestingly, I've had the same issue recently, as in it started last week. Turns out it's Windows Media player "media sharing" preventing sleep mode. I don't use it, so not sure why or how it started. I'll have to manually disable it in Services.

    You can check to see what's preventing sleep state by opening the command prompt as Administrator and pasting 'powercfg -requests', without apostrophes.
  3. slackercruster

    slackercruster Member

    Thanks. How do you open command prompts? Someone may have mentioned the command to me earlier in another thread. I could not figure out how to do it. I Googled it and still could not figure out how to do it. I did shut off all the apps on some big list. It is terrible how complex and ad filled computers have become. You need hi computing capacity just to get through the ads to try and read some text or do some work.
  4. AlienMenace

    AlienMenace Well-Known Member

    Also I want to thank you on this, didn't know that the thing was running either. I disabled it.
  5. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

    Open the start menu and type cmd, it will show a command prompt tile. Click that. If you need an admin prompt, right click on the tile and pick run as administrator.
  6. TheRealSwede

    TheRealSwede Member

    It´s not long ago when the most common "hijack" was to use others computers for crypto mining, etcetera..

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