r/techsupport Apr 18 '22

my brothers keeps using my lap top without permission Solved

hello, this is my first post here and I'm not sure if I chose the right community.

So I bought my first lap top a few months ago, lap tops are insanely expensive here and I saved my money for it for about two years, im 20 btw, and i worked for that money. it wasn't my mom's or anything. I let my brother use it a few hours a day to game but then I found out that he's also using it without permission when I'm sleeping and he wasn't even sorry about it! not even a little bit. he's acting like it's no big deal. he's 17.

so I told him that he's not touching it for two days. then it happened a few more times and well... imagine my frustration. I don't know how he's using it. There's only one account with a strong password, i changed it when he was out to make sure he didn't see it or anything and I checked and there's no other sign in option activated, but he still managed to use it somehow. can anyone help me find out how he's using it. I really hate that I was honest with him and he's taking advantage and im not good with computers so if anyone can help, pls use baby language, English isn't my first language.

it's a asus tuf f15, windows 11 if it matters.

EDIT: thanks for the suggestions everyone, ill try them.

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u/Prestigious-Eye-3928 Apr 18 '22

Not too many ways to login to a computer.

Other account that you don't know how to look for.

Different sign-in method besides password, face, fingerprint, PIN

You're not locking your computer when you go to sleep...

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u/DeshaMustFly Apr 18 '22

My guess is that either, since you gave him access to the main account, he went ahead and created his own account or he's got a live USB that he's using to boot to a separate OS.

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u/T_T0ps Apr 19 '22

I didn’t even think of a bootable usb, but you could prevent that through the bios boot option and a password on the bios, correct?

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u/hotel2oscar Apr 19 '22

Pull the BIOS battery and that's reset. It's game over if they have physical access and the know how.

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u/Ev1lC4t Apr 18 '22 Wholesome

Go to Computer Management >> User Accounts change the default Administrator password and your personal account’s password and deactivate all others in the list.

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u/ExtremelyBanana Apr 18 '22

default Administrator

should always be disabled

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u/hambone263 Apr 18 '22

Don’t you need it to install stuff?

Do you just disable it as a login, and then only use it for UAC, or whatever?

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u/ExtremelyBanana Apr 18 '22

no. any account with Admin privileges can install stuff. it's not used for UAC. just disable it in users or lusrmgr.msc w/e applies

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u/Agent_Squirrels Apr 18 '22

But isn't it used in UAC if your action requires admin privileges?

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u/TheFotty Apr 19 '22

You are mixing up an account that has admin rights and the windows built in account called 'administrator'. The first account you create on windows will always be in the admin group and other accounts are not by default but you can easily put them there. The administrator account is a built in account that has full admin rights and is disabled by default on windows. There are some real fringe cases today where you might want to enable it. Most notably to get back into one of your main accounts if you forget your password.

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u/Agent_Squirrels Apr 19 '22

Yeah, you're right.

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u/[deleted] Apr 18 '22

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u/Agent_Squirrels Apr 18 '22

Huh, interesting, I have an unused admin account, and everytime I try to do something with admin rights, Windows always asked me for that account password.

Maybe since you don't have any active admin account it asked for System instead?

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u/havens1515 Apr 18 '22

I think what the other commenter is suggesting is to make the main account an administrator and disable the built in account named "administrator." Disabling that account is always a good idea for security reasons anyway.

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u/Agent_Squirrels Apr 19 '22

Ah yeah, I was reading that in 4 in the morning, my mind was hazy I guess. Thanks.

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u/Ev1lC4t Apr 18 '22

You can, but I think it really depends on what you’re doing. I use the default administrator account on my VMs.

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u/ExtremelyBanana Apr 18 '22

you shouldn't. you should create an administrator account

https://www.itprotoday.com/strategy/why-you-should-disable-administrator-account

it's just best practice. one less thing for attackers to bang away on

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u/Tech_surgeon Apr 18 '22

its possible he has a usb tool kit drive. bootable usb drive that has hacking tools for reseting account passwords and other things like data recovery if the system is messed up. tools like this are in a grey area tho legally speaking and can be found on amazon ect.

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u/boredtxan Apr 18 '22

This is the answer you need OP. After this stop sharing your PC. Lock it up or sleep with it.

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u/RX8_MMA_420 Apr 18 '22

Remove the battery and hide the power supply under your pillow when u sleep

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u/Novel_Alarm_3655 Apr 18 '22

he'll take it without waking me up. already done that

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u/RX8_MMA_420 Apr 18 '22

He lifts the battery and charger from under your pillow whilst your head is on top of it? Is your brother Bill Gates dressed as a Ninja?

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u/LJay88 Apr 18 '22

You'd be surprised how heavy sleepers people actually are. How do you think the tooth fairy gets that tooth?

Tooth fairy is just a fun game for parents to mess with their kids minds, and learn how heavy sleepers people are.

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u/13ourbon Apr 18 '22

She always waited till mine fell out.

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u/LJay88 Apr 18 '22

...you put the tooth under your pillow, and the tooth fairy replaces it with money while you sleep.

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u/13ourbon Apr 18 '22

My education.

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u/ShadowKirbo Apr 18 '22

Just show up to the tuition office with $64,000 worth of teeth.

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u/PraetorianHawke Apr 18 '22

e lifts the battery and charger from

The Tooth Fairy is actually the much nicer and more playful subspecies of the bone fairy...

https://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/comments/fn122e/wp_tooth_fairies_are_a_smaller_and_friendlier/

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u/JoLePerz Apr 18 '22

OP is a heavy sleeper

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u/CMDRHeartATK Apr 18 '22

A reference to jumping over chairs no doubt

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u/careless-gamer Apr 18 '22

I wouldn't wake up lol.

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u/gjs628 Apr 18 '22

Instead of trying to circumvent him, you need to sit him down and ask why he thinks it’s okay to use something that doesn’t belong to him when you’ve expressly told him not to.

Ask him why he thinks it’s okay for you to respect him enough to not only allow him to use it, but also leave it unsupervised believing he won’t go behind your back, but he then thinks it’s also okay to disrespect you by sneaking around and effectively stealing it?

Find out why your word and trust means so little to him, and how he would feel if you snuck into his room while he was out and went through his things without asking? This isn’t about outsmarting him, this is about dragging his blatant disregard of your wishes into the light and confronting him. Imagine what else he could do in future if he learns that “No!! Please don’t!!!” is perfectly fine to ignore when he wants to just do something anyway.

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u/_RedR4bbit_ Apr 19 '22

I think he is just a teenager that doesn't have a laptop and liked playing games alot and his sister's laptop might be the only supplier for that

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u/Tech_surgeon Apr 18 '22 edited Apr 18 '22

this is a far worse problem than you think it will get worse if your only doing defense. the lack of respect is because he doesn't see any threat from you and may result in him breaking your stuff if you do manage to foil him (depends on the person).

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u/Lusankya Apr 19 '22

Wow, that went from 0-100 real quick.

Most people will not have such an extreme reaction when you establish boundaries. And for those who will, it's rarely a surprise to the boundary setter.

Let's not assume that OP's brother is a grenade ready to explode. None of us here have anywhere near enough information, context, or qualifications to make that determination.

And besides, if they were that emotionally unstable, OP would likely be well aware of that risk already.

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u/[deleted] Apr 19 '22 edited Apr 19 '22

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u/Lusankya Apr 19 '22

This is /r/techsupport, not /r/askpsychology. We're not here to speculate on OP's brother's emotional maturity.

It's also telling that /r/askpsychology bans people who try to analyze disordered behaviours via internet hearsay. It's irresponsible at best, and unethical at worst. We can't make assumptions about someone else's mental health and emotional stability based on a few Reddit posts.

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u/MrDowntempo Apr 18 '22

Shit. Time to play dirty. Steal his phone.

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u/GreenOceanis Apr 18 '22

Encrypt your operating system (bitlocker). Set a bios password. Remove external devices from boot options.

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u/insanelyphat Apr 18 '22

OP asked for baby language, so I would guess you would need to walk him through this step by step so they know exactly how to do this.

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u/Dynasteh Apr 19 '22

Sheeesh I was doing this when I was 9, sooooo many family photos lost.

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u/daveagain82 Apr 18 '22

This is the right answer.

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u/SlayerOfDougs Apr 18 '22

This is the way

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u/TheFotty Apr 19 '22

I believe it's called device encryption on standard windows. Bitlocker is available on pro and enterprise.

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u/goodpostsallday Apr 18 '22

Lock it in a box and put it under your bed. Rule #1 of information security is if you don't control physical access to the system, you cannot control how it's used. No amount of software security means squat if the attacker has physical access.

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u/TrickyWoo86 Apr 18 '22

This, even something as simple as a kensington lock would probably be enough to deter most brothers. Just loop the end around something fixed and/or heavy and set the start up noise to the loudest, most annoying sound you can.

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u/Baldr_Torn Apr 18 '22

Load the game he's playing, delete all the saves.

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u/ahandmadegrin Apr 18 '22

And if he's playing on steam or any other content delivery service, make sure to disable cloud saves and delete any that exist.

I mean, if you're going to go completely chaotic evil, you might as well go all the way.

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u/hadesrdx Apr 18 '22

Woah, calm down Satan

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u/Anarchie48 Apr 18 '22 edited Apr 18 '22

Oh no that is very cruel. Don't do this OP. Nobody deserves that kind of cruelty. Oh my God you are the human embodiment of evil mister for even suggesting that deleting one's save files as a form of punishment.

OP should just use up all the virtual currency their brother had been saving up and spend it on useless stuff.

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u/M1tzaaa Apr 18 '22

Then act like it's no big deal to make things better.

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u/jap_the_cool Apr 18 '22

If he realizes it maybe he will get physical.

Don’t allow him to use it anymore. That’s it.

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u/samnesjuwen Apr 19 '22

Nahb spend it on fleshlights and dildos and let them be delivered to your parents house with brothers name on it

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u/ImPattMan Apr 18 '22

How do you know he's using it?

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u/Novel_Alarm_3655 Apr 18 '22

accidently woke up in the middle of the night a few times and caught him on my laptop

also u can use event viewer

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u/ImPattMan Apr 18 '22

And with event viewer, you're seeing logins to your account specifically?

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u/Laxative_ Apr 18 '22

I see entries from times when the PC was supposed to be off and not generating log entries (I am not OP, just I as the owner of the computer)

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u/ImPattMan Apr 18 '22

The content is more important than the existence of the logs.

It could be as simple as the device waking up from sleep temporarily.

If OP wants a real answer, he's gonna have to walk through this with me, I see lots of general guesses, but if OP really wants to know how they're doing it and prevent it, we need better info.

So far my best guess is a Live USB, either Linux or windows, gonna need more info before I can properly suggest a fix for that though.

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u/buzman Apr 18 '22

This is the best answer here, he's likely using some type of bootable media device, but like you said, we need more answers.

OP look up how to setup a BIOS password for your model laptop and be done with it.

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u/ImPattMan Apr 18 '22

Make sure to change the boot order as well, bios password won't matter if the boot order has already been changed to boot from USB first.

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u/buzman Apr 18 '22

Oh I just assumed setting a BIOS password would require you to enter that before doing anything at all with the PC, but that's a good measure to take regardless.

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u/ImPattMan Apr 18 '22

The majority Bios interfaces will have more than one bios password, or if they have just one it can often only protect against changes to the bios settings.

There is no standard, and with such a spread of manufacturers, it is best to understand the situation fully before making a recommendation. In this case we know it's an Asus laptop, so it will typically have both an boot password and an admin password available. The correct password will need to be set based on the desired effect. They could set an admin password to disallow changes while still allowing the computer to boot normally. This is the most transparent solution as theres no degradation to day to day operations.

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u/5of10 Apr 18 '22

Did he set up facial recognition for unlocking it ?

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u/Novel_Alarm_3655 Apr 18 '22

no checked that already

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u/5of10 Apr 18 '22

Let us know how this ended. We

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u/Ulterno Apr 18 '22
  1. Use secure boot. You're on Windows, it's easy.
  2. Set a BIOS Password.
    1. BIOS is the thing that starts before Windows is even loaded.
    2. You can Google search for how to open BIOS for your Computer model
  3. Turn off computer before sleeping. Do not just put it to sleep. This way, turning on next time will ask for BIOS password
  4. DO NOT FORGET YOUR BIOS PASSWORD. Also, don't write it down. He'll find it

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u/Baldr_Torn Apr 19 '22

One trick - use a password that looks like a phone number. 7 numbers that could easily be a phone number, saved to your phone, under a name you will remember. Or the password could be both the "name" of that person plus the phone number.

So you save it under a name like "Cindi", with a 7 digit number (or whatever is common on your area), use that as the password, either just the numbers or combining the name with the numbers.

Nobody else is likely to realize it's a password, even if they have access to your phone and have the phone unlocked. But as long as you remember "Cindi" and have your phone, you've got it.

This is a good way to remember one, maybe two passwords. I wouldn't recommend it to do a bunch of passwords. If you have 40 done this way, you're going to forget the names and which name/number key goes with which lock.

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u/nool_ Apr 19 '22

This is acautualy a neat idea I might do this one day

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u/tooSAVERAGE Apr 19 '22

Or, you know, use a password manager instead of your constant list to.. manage your passwords.

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u/Baldr_Torn Apr 19 '22

A password manager doesn't really work for everything. You often still need one or two other passwords. For your ATM PIN, for instance. Or your BIOS password, because your password manager is on your computer.

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u/tooSAVERAGE Apr 20 '22

There are multiple reputable password manager that’ll work across multiple devices and sync via cloud. They even support auto passwort fill in on smartphones.

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u/TotallyNotInUse Apr 19 '22 edited Apr 19 '22

Secure boot isn't actually secure anymore, Microsoft accidentally released the golden keys and now even Rufus can bypass it using the golden keys, so in short, secure boot isn't secure.

Edit: why so many downvotes without an explanation? I'm right and if you believe otherwise then I'd like to see why

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u/Ulterno Apr 19 '22
  1. Wait! Why so many downvotes without an explanation?
  2. So now the only systems with useful secure boot will be the ones with Open Source Firmware that allows you to change it.

I was looking for a way to setup secure boot for my Linux when I read somewhere that in case of some vendors, changing your secure boot key configuration in BIOS will brick the motherboard, so I can't set it up for GRUB. But now since the Keys are available, I can sign GRUB with those, but at the same time, doing it is useless against anyone who signs their virus with the same thingy.

So ASUS with it's "No User Customisation" approach has gotten shitted with its own "secrets" with its partners.

Definitely going with System76/ Framework and such next time.

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u/Mr_Tiddlewinks Apr 18 '22

He better go ahead and set his brother straight before someone else out in the world does. Other people won't be as tolerant with his "I don't give a fuck" attitude.

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u/DiabeticNomad Apr 18 '22

This is obviously the correct answer

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u/roomy187 Apr 18 '22

Set a BIOS password, gg

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u/Novel_Alarm_3655 Apr 18 '22

ill try it thanks

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u/[deleted] Apr 18 '22

need boot password too, so they cant boot Windows or anything else like a USB.

test it to make sure they are set. but if you forget the password you might never get your laptop back.

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u/Anarchie48 Apr 18 '22

Won't help anything. On many laptops, you only need the BIOS password to get to the BIOS

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u/Hyper_Threaded Apr 18 '22

IDK how intelligent your brother is. Is it possible he has sort of bootable disk or thumb drive that runs like a version of Knoppix (It's a Linux based operation system that loads entirely from the thumb drive and is relatively operational.) You could try disabling USB and/or CD rom boot support in the Bios just to make sure he's not getting by Windows altogether.

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u/ktw54321 Apr 19 '22

I went a scrolling looking for this comment. Lol. I knew it would be here someplace.

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u/FapinMind Apr 19 '22

best solution should be at the top, kid needs to learn he can't do this shit before ruins his life later stealing peoples shit

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u/DystopianSunshine Apr 18 '22 edited Apr 18 '22

-Go into your EUFI and set secure boot, a password and remove any drives but your main UEFI boot drive from the boot order. This prevents anyone from booting from other devices like external drives and also from changing this option.

-Login to Windows, deactivate all default user accounts (Administrator & Guest; should already be deactivated or not there in the first place).

-Change the password of your own non-default user to something your brother can't come up with on his own

-uninstall any software that isn't yours or has the option for alternative logins

-Setup Bitlocker for your drives (auto-unlock is ok) and activate pre-boot PIN (different from your account password and strong). This will make sure you have to use a password to boot Windows in the first place and encryptr your files so noone can meedle with your drives by taking them out of your laptop.

-Always remember to lock your Laptop (Win + L) when you go away.

So all in all: He can't boot Windows, he can't boot from USB and he can't change those settings. And even if the Laptop is on and on the logon screen he can't log, change settings or use other methods to access your drive.

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u/JoLePerz Apr 18 '22

Now save some money for a new brother

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u/O-o--O---o----O Apr 18 '22

Or go with an HP.

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u/Braqsus Apr 19 '22

Ba-da-bing!

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u/soverybright Apr 18 '22

This sounds like less of a technical issue and more of a family discussion issue. I strongly recommend direct discussions with your brother to begin with, then escalating to a common authority figure that you both are under. (sounds like your mom)

It sounds like your brother REALLY wants to use your laptop, I think you need to discuss fair use with him and see if he's willing to compensate you in some fashion to let him use it and under what conditions he can use it.. If your common authority figure states that you both have equal use time, (a usual response when doing "Easiest Way Out" parenting) you may have to emphasize how this laptop was acquired using your exclusive funds and is not necessarily something that can be considered a family resource.

Best of luck to you.

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u/5of10 Apr 18 '22

You have been given a lot of advice, some of it is useful, though physical security might beat software.

He has found a weak link in the MS Windows / hardware vendor and is exploiting it. I suggest going through all installed programs and then look for things that are installed but not on the MS Windows application list.

I would talk to those in charge (parents, etc). If he gets locked out there is a chance he would destroy it in anger or revenge.

A keystroke logger and something with automatically records the laptop camera when turned on might have useful information.

Keepe us informed about how this ends. I am curious if you manage to find out what he is actually doing.

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u/[deleted] Apr 18 '22

Change the windows boot sound to something embarrassing like sex sounds or loud like a machine gun and leave the volume maxed out before bed. You'll know when it's turned on at night and he'll learn. lol.

If not, there are a lot of options for locking your machine accounts and turning it into a brick without the right password. It's very possible that before you changed the password he set up another user account for himself or something.

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u/MEGA_GOAT98 Apr 18 '22

lock it with a password then

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u/Anarchie48 Apr 18 '22

VeraCrypt is your buddy.

Install this software on your computer. Follow the instructions on screen.

VeraCrypt encrypts your computer. Meaning, you will need a password to log in every time you restart your computer. This key can't be defeated. Not your brother, the police, or the queen of England can get into Windows so long as they don't know the password you set.

You can follow this guide if you want more help. But it is a simple process.

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u/Isaac_56 Apr 18 '22

He could be hitting the "forgot password" button that pops up after a few attempts then getting into your email

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u/hfjim Apr 18 '22

That's why a bios password is a good idea

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u/Isaac_56 Apr 18 '22

Yeah. But securing your email is also a concern. Thats how a family member got into my laptop. Not sure why I'm being downvoted

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u/FlavoredButtHair Apr 18 '22

Put a password. Uninstall all his gaming stuff from it.

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u/joshualibrarian Apr 18 '22

I suggest adding a password to the BIOS, which will prevent him from booting to other devices.

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u/wwwhistler Apr 19 '22

have it checked....he has put in a way to access it and you need to turn that off.

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u/Mintation Apr 19 '22

All we know this is his brother asking how to get access to his pc.

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u/RaxelPepi Apr 18 '22

If Windows supports encryption (idk im a linux user), encrypt it and put a really good password.
He might be using a system from a usb stick, if he can access the bios and change the boot options. And if you let him "play" games on the machine, he can change things from inside Windows while you are not looking.

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u/fjccommish Apr 18 '22

Deny physical access to the computer. Lock it in a safe when not in use.Lock your room when you're sleeping so he can't get in.

Do you live with parents? In my house, he'd be in the driveway in a sleeping bag if he disobeyed like this.

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u/IWasNotOk Apr 18 '22

Play it together. Think about it, he isn’t trying to deprive you he just thinks it’s supercool. Take some interest in that. Don’t guard it or hide it. Share it. Just make him promise when you share it that he has to look after it and be a cool brother. The world needs more cool siblings. Too much anger, disloyalty and pain amongst family.

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u/[deleted] Apr 18 '22

i don’t think that‘ll solve the issue. op stated that he was ok with letting his brother use it in the beginning but now the brother‘s become entitled to it. Feeding into it won‘t help- his brother is 17ffs and desperately needs to learn what boundaries are

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u/[deleted] Apr 18 '22

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u/[deleted] Apr 18 '22

yeah👍 what i meant was that just taking what he wants could get him in lots of trouble down the line, that’s all👍

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u/Mr_Tiddlewinks Apr 18 '22

Where is his brother's loyalty when he was asked not to use it during certain times?

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u/ANDYP300 Apr 18 '22

am i missing something here?

There is a thing called `Passwords`

Also get a lock box for it.

Get a desk padlock, so he can't move it. Set up a secret cam to get evidence of his use

Give him a bunch of knuckles when you have evidence.

Take a dump in his favorite sneakers.

Take a dump in a small plastic and hang it in his wardrobe or under his mattress.

Take a photo of his toothbrush up your ass. leave it a few weeks and let him reoffend,then show him the picture.

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u/Raemos103 Apr 18 '22

Honestly have a healthy discussion, and let him play whenever you are free and such a way that it doesn't disturb you, he is family afterall

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u/strings_on_a_hoodie Apr 18 '22

Or he could save up and get his own computer like OP did.

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u/Reddot236 Apr 18 '22

You can better ask this on r/Advice

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u/[deleted] Apr 18 '22 edited Apr 18 '22

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u/Isaac_56 Apr 18 '22

Install keylogger and spyware. Wait until he sneaky uses the computer. Use the info to ruin him.

this is a joke, right?

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u/Novel_Alarm_3655 Apr 18 '22

thanks a lot, i'll try it

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u/GlitteryCakeHuman Apr 18 '22

And if you ever let him use it. Make a guest account that can’t install stuff. Don’t let him use an admin login (your user)

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u/Slowhammer45938 Apr 18 '22

Disable the built-in admin account

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u/JanuszBiznesu96 Apr 18 '22

Set a power on password

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u/someredditgoat Apr 18 '22

Add a BIOS password. You won't have to worry about any other possible windows exploits that way.

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u/Deadboy90 Apr 18 '22

Change the login password.

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u/BlueShibe Apr 18 '22

Set up a password and change password frequently, it's the best method, speaking as a brother that used to steal my brother's laptop in the past :)

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u/jaber24 Apr 18 '22

Why not lock your room when you go to sleep?

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u/maxxspeed Apr 18 '22

Put a password on it and don't let anybody game on your laptop. They will overheat it and wear out the keyboard.

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u/ppestana Apr 18 '22

Put Bios user password, when booting press F2 (to enter in Bios setup) then choose advanced , security, user Password then save settings (F10)

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u/xmd1997 Apr 18 '22

Honestly, while everyone else is suggesting software solutions to keep your brother out, have you ever thought about a physical lock?

From a quick google search here is a laptop briefcase with a combination lock for about $40.

https://www.amazon.com/CrossGear-Briefcase-Combination-Business-CR-2803BK/dp/B0773LBGNW?th=1

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u/Comfortable-Job-6236 Apr 18 '22

Ask him, first thought that comes to mind is konboot on a USB but not sure if it works with newer operating systems, it worked for windows 7 tho I used it a few times.

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u/bigeyedfish041 Apr 19 '22

Password protect

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u/thatvgirl Apr 19 '22

Get a drawer with a lock or a briefcase w a passcode

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u/Bigcow200 Apr 19 '22

Get a safe and put the laptop in the safe, there is no going in and it's the most secure way to physically prevent your laptop from being accessed

Everyone is suggesting ideas that can easily be bypassed but a safe is sturdy

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u/bradyreid Apr 19 '22

Bro is 11 years old

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u/fragonfour Apr 19 '22

OP, listen to me very carefully. Your only safest option is to set up a bios password. Just DONT forget it. Any video will help you how to set it up easily, depending on your specific computer. Set up a bios password and you're good to go.

Also, as a side note, please protect your laptop. Your brother might watch some silly videos on YouTube and mess up your computer altogether trying different scripts via USBs and stuff, so secure your bios by setting up a password before it's too late. If you think he might open it and try to mess with the hardware, you either need to do something serious about it, or protect your laptop by locking it up in some secure compartment.

You can always ask us more here, we're here to help you. If you need help with any step, you can ALWAYS ask. Your data is important so don't do anything if you aren't sure about what you're doing.

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u/FancyPipels Apr 19 '22

Honestly just hide it.

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u/todeletes Apr 19 '22

Remove their accounts, change your password, set a BIOS password.

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u/DukeOfCrydee Apr 19 '22

Have you tried beating the shit out of him?

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u/queenkittycat_ Apr 19 '22

Use it till it’s just about to die and hide the charger or get a laptop bag that locks.

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u/RiffleChipz Apr 19 '22

I’d suggest to get a lock on your door, assuming that you don’t share a room, I like the slide locks, their harder to pick but you can’t lock them when your out of your room

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u/nakkai Apr 19 '22

You could lock boot up via the bios if that is supported. It's possible he's accessing it via a "local account password" by disabling internet access. Windows defaults to the local password if there is no internet to access the windows live. Try changing both the local account password and the live/hotmail/outlook password.

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u/Daen1337 Apr 19 '22

Don't even engage with the hardware to much. Just lock it away physically or something.

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u/Manic157 Apr 18 '22

Help your brother get his own computer they you can pawn Nubes together.

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u/Emotional-Ad-4336 Apr 18 '22

i think u are a good brother

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u/pthsim Apr 18 '22

You could install and learn Linux. Then he'll have a hard time using it, or even log in without a user. (This is a serious tip, but only if it's something you want to do ofc.

Or go the simple way and add a boot password in BIOS.