How to Know if Your Computer or Phone Is Bugged

By Candice Abrams

An extra bit of caution and attention to your computer and cell phone is important. Your computer may become bugged with a virus or monitoring program. As for your cell phone, you could experience someone listening in on your conversations; and as with a computer, some malicious attackers could install a bugging program on your phone. By paying attention to any suspicious activity, you may be able to prevent these things from happening.

How to Know if Your Computer is Bugged

Press and hold "CTRL," "ALT" and "Delete" at the same time. Wait for the Task Manager window to appear.

Click the "Processes" tab. Look for any programs that you do not recognize. Right-click on the program and select "End Task" to stop the process.

Click the "Start" button. Enter "msconfig" in the search bar on the bottom. Press the "ENTER" key.

Click on the "Startup" tab. Uncheck any suspicious programs running. Press "OK" and reboot your computer.

How to Know if Your Phone is Bugged

Listen for any buzzing on your phone in-between calls. Most phones may transmit an electronic sound, which is completely normal. However, if you experience it during a call, it could be a sign that someone is tapping your phone.

Move next to an electronic device, such as a radio or computer. Note if the sound becomes louder as you move closer to the device. This could be the sound of the phone-tapping technology installed on your phone.

Feel your phone when it is unplugged and not in use. If it is hot, this could be a sign someone bugged your phone. Your phone should feel cool between calls. Tapped phones may heat up due to tapping technology or a transmitter.

Check your phone's battery life. If your battery is running out of juice early, this could mean your phone is bugged. However, it could also mean that you have a faulty battery. Take your phone's battery to a cell-phone repair specialist to find out the reason behind the problem.