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Old 06-22-2009, 08:13 PM
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Default how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

Lojack, the tracking software.

A bunch of my stupid friends stole computers from the school. Now, they're all worried because a teacher called two of them down to the office and asked them about missing laptops and shit. All of the kids with multiple laptops at home at freaking out, I didn't help when I suggested the computers might have lojack on them.

Here's the plan: Find out if lojack is on the computer, and then figure out how to remove it..

Backup plan: Sell the computers for less than they originally planned, to rich kids at the mall.

All of the computers have had Windows XP reinstalled because the school's server was on them before. I think lojack might've been able to stay on though?
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:20 PM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

Check the BIOS and do a complete Format.
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:52 PM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

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Check the BIOS and do a complete Format.
how do i get to the bios screen and format it? and how can i be sure it really worked
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:53 PM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

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how do i get to the bios screen and format it? and how can i be sure it really worked
Del/F2 depends on the model.

Get Linux Live CD, del the partitions and MBR. Format and check again.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:16 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TURN THEM ON AT ALL WITHOUT TAKING THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS:

Completely wipe the drive with an ubuntu CD, if you want to swap to another OS afterward then be my guest. I recommend ubuntu because its the easiest to wipe the drive with.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:37 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

I'm not even sure lojack is on these things. How do I tell if its there?
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:52 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

I believe that LoJack also has a physical portion of the system somewhere in the machine, like a GPS chip it seems like. It's not marked LoJack or anything like that, so you can't just pinpoint it and pull it off.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:56 AM
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I believe that LoJack also has a physical portion of the system somewhere in the machine, like a GPS chip it seems like. It's not marked LoJack or anything like that, so you can't just pinpoint it and pull it off.
I think you have to use water while the laptop is on to get the chip disabled?
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:19 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

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I believe that LoJack also has a physical portion of the system somewhere in the machine, like a GPS chip it seems like. It's not marked LoJack or anything like that, so you can't just pinpoint it and pull it off.
Uhh, no. I have lojack on my own laptop, ironically. It's a program u instal and the next time that you log into the internet, they'll be able to track where you are.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:04 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

Take it to a public wifi hotspot and hide it somewhere around the area and turn it on. If the police don't show up by I don't know...3 hours? Then it probably doesn't have it.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:07 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

Lojack is inside the bios firmware itself in an area which windows can access, and it is set so that it "autodials" the website and hands over it's ip address, which then is quicly supuned with whatever ISP as an emergency situation and etc.

The easiest solutin with no bios fun: Format, and then install a non windows os. mac os x, BSD, or linux will do the trick.

The fun part and hard, you have to dvulge into bios itself and modify it a bit but its tons easier if you have multiple same models as then its just 1-2-3.

Easiest way to find out if it has it: Access the bios and see if theres a feature there that says it, even better is to cross check it with google and see if that model number supports the bychance to hav it.

and if ya need help pm me. I've successfully removed lojack from laptops before effortlessly.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:11 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

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Uhh, no. I have lojack on my own laptop, ironically. It's a program u instal and the next time that you log into the internet, they'll be able to track where you are.
Theres 2 mani verions of lojack, one version is the cheesy software install which a clean format will get rid of.

The other version usually combiend with above is the part where it in laymans terms treats the bios image as a flash drive and has in there files which can not be removed under normal circumstances WHICH will excute automaticly under windows as long as the service contract with lojack is up to date, hand over all system info (e.g. time/date os was installed, if does not match the one you have on previously they have defined your os as being wiped n installed fresh, which is cover up of a crime, etc etc obstruction whatever it depends per jusisdiction) as well as hand over owners name (if you're dumb enough to put your real name there) current user accounts on the machine, all serial numbers of the machine which report to the system bios/windows os) mac address, of course IP address and to some extent can even copy outlook files and other popular placed infomation which can reveal alot about you and hand it over to the lojack servers which then can be used to reveal you the new owner of the stolen laptop.

etc etci t's fun
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:15 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

Heh, a couple of my cousins got screwed over by that. They got a bunch of stolen laptops so what do they do? go home and fuck around with them. I think it was the next morning the cops rocked up, might of been later that night, I forget.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:31 AM
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Heh, a couple of my cousins got screwed over by that. They got a bunch of stolen laptops so what do they do? go home and fuck around with them. I think it was the next morning the cops rocked up, might of been later that night, I forget.
You can easyily play with the laptops as long as you don't plug in a telephone wire, disconnect the internal/external wireless card and don't plug in a network cable.

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Old 06-23-2009, 02:38 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

Ask the owner before you steal it.
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:25 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

If i check the bios, how will I know it has lojack??
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:31 AM
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Default Re: how to tell if lojack is on a laptop?

I'll give you $200 for one of them.
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:41 AM
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I'll give you $200 for one of them.
pm me. we will talk
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