Quickly Find Out Who's Connected To Your Computer

Here's a great utility if you run a home network.  As for what it does, the blurb on the home page says it better than I ever could, so I might as well just paste it for you:

"ShareWatch allows you to see who is connected to a computer and what files they are accessing. Have you ever wondered why your hard drive or modem is active, but you aren't doing anything to cause it to be active?  It is possible a remote user is accessing your computer.  Have you ever had a file locked but you don't know why? ShareWatch can tell you if a network user is using the file and allows you to disconnect them so that you can edit/delete the file.  Have you ever wanted to shutdown a computer, but don't want to drop people using the computer.  ShareWatch will show you all resources in use by remote users."

Simple, eh?  But it works brilliantly on all recent versions of Windows, is totally free, and is just a 33 KB download.  What more can I say?  As you can see from the screen shot below, its display is very easy to understand.  Here, I can see that someone in the lounge is logged into my office PC in order to play some music.

If this sounds like the sort of tool your need, get it from www.stevemiller.net/sharewatch/.

 

 

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by walkingdead on 7. August 2013 - 22:03  (109961)

I really think I've been hacked into. A while ago I was on a new pain med. very strong, so I wasn't thinking clearly having two things go on at the same time,I get a phone call from an Indian sounding man saying he is from microsoft and everytime I sign onto my email I am leaking info. Go to start and type in Ammyy then he quickly takes me off that page a cmd box opens and by now ugh duh, you've just been hacked you stoned jerk. So he has control of my computer. The cmd box stops and there is over 14,000 errors, see he says very bad. He can fix for me for only $300.00 I say NO! he persists lowering the price at the same time I have my A/C guy standing there asking me for $375.00 for a part they replaced 8 months ago. Bottom line my computer is never the same restore after restore and a million M.S. updates my email password will work for a week and then I'm locked out of my acct. Right now I am locked out of both yahoo and MSN EMAILS SAYING TOO MANY ATTEMPTS. So I needed some freeware (on a small pension and ss/disab) to break this connection once and for all.
And YES!! I know what I did was stupid but chronic pain, discs out and broken bones that are beyond surgery can make a person do something she would have never done in her right mind.
P.S. sorry this is so long but I am mad enough at myself for being so stupid in the first place.Hope someone can help me???

by MidnightCowboy on 8. August 2013 - 0:05  (109966)

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by Jeroen (not verified) on 20. December 2010 - 8:34  (62975)

This has been in windows for a while afaik...
Start-> rightclick My Computer->Manage
in the window that opens go to shared folders and then check the options under that. Sessions should give you all users who have a session open with your pc, including the amount of sessions. Open Files will show you exactly which files they have open, if it's read/write or both, and the amount of locks.
Seems easier then having to download some old tool :)

by Anonymous45354546 (not verified) on 10. December 2010 - 17:54  (62278)

From the website:

What ShareWatch Cannot do...

ShareWatch does not watch socket connections, pipes, or any other method of low-level communication. Most applications that communicate over the internet will use sockets (sometimes referred to as TCP, UDP, or IP). This includes applications like file/music swapping programs (i.e. Kazaa, WinMX, Morpheus, etc.), e-mail, web browsing (HTTP), instant messeging, chat, IRC, FTP, telnet, multiplayer games, etc. Any application on your computer is free to open a low-level connection on your computer and send/receive data.

ShareWatch is not a tool to guarantee the security of your computer. If you want a more full-featured, know-all, type security application, then I suggest you take a look at some of the many security programs on the market. Here are some I've heard of (this is not an endorsement for any of them)...

* BlackICE
* ZoneAlarm
* SyGate Personal Firewall
* McAfee Personal Firewall

by Dancin (not verified) on 10. December 2010 - 13:56  (62274)

Let's be clear about what this program does respecting showing you "who is connected to your computer". As it clearly states: ShareWatch only watches folders that are shared out using the Windows folder sharing feature. ShareWatch will show you the users connected and what files are in use by each user. It will also let you close files, disconnect users, and remove shares. So, if you have given permission for certain folders to be shared then it will tell you who is using files in those folders. That is NOT QUITE and probably less than what the Gizmo email message about this "find" would imply. "Find who is connected to your computer" as in broken through your firewall it does not do.

by Jojo999 (not verified) on 10. December 2010 - 9:08  (62261)

If you have the Comodo firewall, similar functionality is built-in. Just go to the Summary page and click on Outbound or Inbound connections.

It offers the following info:
Protocol Source Destination Bytes In Bytes Out

by Anonymous45354546 (not verified) on 10. December 2010 - 17:51  (62277)

i think you got this wrong...this program is not capable of watching inbound and outbound connections as a firewall does....it might be useful if you are at a public wifi though and someone is trying to access your computer thru wifi, which is what happened to me at a local public library...

by MidnightCowboy on 6. December 2010 - 17:14  (62107)

Depending on the category, age has little relevance to performance where software is concerned. Also, older programs are often more likely to be bug free having had these ironed out over time. Ask anyone running Sygate for instance if they've ever been hacked and when it last trashed their computer :)

by AntDude (not verified) on 6. December 2010 - 16:54  (62104)

Wow, old program from 2001. :/

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