How To Hide Webcams

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How To Hide Webcams
How To Hide Webcams

Video: How To Hide Webcams

Video: How To Hide Webcams
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The use of webcams has become almost ubiquitous, but the owner of the camera does not always want to advertise its presence on the computer. There are several ways to hide your webcam, depending on whether you just want to turn it off to prevent tracking, or if you want to give the impression to strangers that there is no camera on your computer.

How to hide webcams
How to hide webcams

It is necessary

a program installed on a computer for working with a webcam


Step 1

To easily turn off your webcam, open the camera software installed on your computer. In the settings, select "Disable". The camera will stop working and it will be impossible to track you through the computer.

Step 2

Disable your USB video device in your computer settings. To do this, open "Control Panel", then "Hardware and Sound". In Device Manager, expand the Imaging Devices section. The subsection that opens will contain the name of your webcam. Right-click on it and select "Disable" in the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Press the Fn key (usually located next to the Ctrl key on the left side of the keyboard) and while holding down, in the top row of the keyboard, press the key with the webcam icon, if there is one. The camera will be turned off.

Step 4

Disconnect the portable webcam from your computer, or cover the built-in webcam with opaque tape or tape. These are primitive methods, but they work quite well.

Step 5

Hide the webcam icon on your computer. To do this, right-click on the icon and select "Hidden" in "Properties". Confirm by clicking "OK". If the default is "Do not show hidden folders and files", then the icon will disappear.

Step 6

If the computer settings are such that hidden folders and files are shown, then select "Folder Options", go to the "Browse" tab and put a point next to "Do not show hidden files and folders", click "Apply" and then "OK" (in Windows 7: "Control Panel" → "Appearance" → "Folder Options" → "Show Hidden Files and Folders"). The icon will be hidden.

Step 7

If you want to spy on someone by leaving the camera running and selecting the entry, but removing its icon from the My Computer folder, erase the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerMyComputerNameSpaceDelegateFolders {E211B736F8-9FD-1175 The registry is invoked by the Win + R keyboard shortcut.

Step 8

In the box, enter "regedit" without quotes. Follow the root sections above. When you find the desired section (DelegateFolders), open it by double-clicking it. Click on the specified subsection with the right mouse button, in the drop-down menu select "Delete". Thus, the camera will record all the actions of those who fall into its field of view, but at the same time it will not be detected, it will turn into a kind of hidden recording device.

Step 9

Use special programs for webcams that can hide their presence on the monitored's computer. Install the program, then launch and follow the instructions on the screen.