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    • Mee
    • By Mee 17th Mar 17, 11:36 AM
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    Disabling WebCam on Asus Eeebook
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    • 17th Mar 17, 11:36 AM
    Disabling WebCam on Asus Eeebook 17th Mar 17 at 11:36 AM
    I have in the past covered the camera hole and disabled the webcam. However, in the last few days I have found it enabled so decided to uninstal the driver. I now find the driver is still there. I didn't think this was possible. Please advise.
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 17th Mar 17, 11:39 AM
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    Find the device in device manager , Right click, choose disable.


    If you just uninstall the driver, it will simply re-install itsself when you next startup


    Let us know if you need help to do this
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    • By Mee 17th Mar 17, 11:48 AM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 11:48 AM
    Find the device in device manager , Right click, choose disable.


    If you just uninstall the driver, it will simply re-install itsself when you next startup


    Let us know if you need help to do this
    Originally posted by AndyPix
    Thanks,. I have disabled it in the past but found it somehow enabled so thought the next step would be to delete the driver. Is there really no other way of permanently removing it?
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    • EdwardB
    • By EdwardB 17th Mar 17, 12:03 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:03 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:03 PM
    I disabled mine in device manager on a Laptop I used (did the mic as well) and worked fine.

    You could stick some tape over it or disconnect the cable from the webcam to the motherboard.
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 17th Mar 17, 12:09 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:09 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:09 PM
    Things cant just re-enable themselves under normal circumstances.


    It is in DEVICE MANAGER that you are disabling it isnt it ??
    Have you scanned for malware recently ?


    If your stuck, then a bulletproof way to disable the camera is to set this registry key


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es\usbvideo


    Find the "Start" subkey and set it to 4 and restart your computer


    Andy
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    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 17th Mar 17, 12:11 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:11 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:11 PM
    I don't understand why OP is doing this, maybe some paranoia?

    Regardless you should know that if the camera is in use in one app, then nothing else can use it.

    At the end of the day if someone was able to hack your laptop and gain access to the webcam, then they'd also have access to whatever you did to disable it. Only unplugging it, or covering it is ever going to work.

    It can be useful to keep the webcam, because in cases of theft it can (depending on what software is installed) be used to identify the criminal who stole it.
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    • Mee
    • By Mee 17th Mar 17, 12:17 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:17 PM
    Things cant just re-enable themselves under normal circumstances.


    It is in DEVICE MANAGER that you are disabling it isnt it ??
    Have you scanned for malware recently ?


    If your stuck, then a bulletproof way to disable the camera is to set this registry key


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es\usbvideo


    Find the "Start" subkey and set it to 4 and restart your computer


    Andy
    Originally posted by AndyPix
    Thanks.
    I use the Device Manager at all times to access it as I don't know any other way. I did wonder about malware when I found it renabled. I constantly update everything and scan.
    As I said the camera hole is covered. I just have to keep an eye it and disable it if necessary. I'm a little unsure about using some of the other methods suggested here.

    Thanks - must dash.
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    • S0litaire
    • By S0litaire 17th Mar 17, 1:08 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 1:08 PM
    Obvious answer time!!

    Electrical/Duct Tape over lens... job done lol

    no fiddling about with registry entries or removing drivers which might be put back in place during the next update .. lol
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 17th Mar 17, 1:22 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 1:22 PM
    Obvious answer time!!

    Electrical/Duct Tape over lens... job done lol

    no fiddling about with registry entries or removing drivers which might be put back in place during the next update .. lol
    Originally posted by S0litaire

    I have in the past covered the camera hole .
    Originally posted by Mee

    Perhaps both - belt and braces - Even Zuk doesnt trust himself not to spy on himself !!





    He also covers the stereo Mics too !!
    Last edited by AndyPix; 17-03-2017 at 1:25 PM.
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    • Mee
    • By Mee 17th Mar 17, 2:59 PM
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    Thanks for the reminder about the stereo mic.
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