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Windows 8.1 booting to webcam

Throwaway87

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Hello,

I recently wiped my surface for a fresh start. 2 days later it updated itself to windows 8.1. Just now I went to my computer. It was asleep. I clicked the mouse once and it opened the webcam. The webcam was on and pointed at the ceiling. I have never used the webcam on my surface. I have no idea how to use the webcam on my surface. This was very creepy. Is this normal behaviour? I recently was browsing the biz section of 4chan and am nervous that someone has remotely taken control of my computer and was trying to view my webcam. Is this possible?
 
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Throwaway87

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To add to it I have repeated it and it keeps booting to my webcam every time. If my computer goes to sleep and I click my mouse the webcam comes up. Why is it doing this?
 

GreyFox7

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Swipe left and go to Settings - Change PC Settings - Privacy - Webcam

Either turn it off completely or select specific apps.

While you are there look over and change General, Location, Microphone, Other devices settings as well.

In addition tape a piece of paper over your webcam. Id like to see someone hack that.
 
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Throwaway87

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What model is your Surface?
The original pro

I’m thinking when I updated to 8.1 I didn’t realize that swiping down opens thebwebcam. So when I aggressively clicked my mouse I was in effect clicking and pulling down slightly thereby opening the webcam. Does that make sense?
 

sharpuser

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The original pro

I’m thinking when I updated to 8.1 I didn’t realize that swiping down opens thebwebcam. So when I aggressively clicked my mouse I was in effect clicking and pulling down slightly thereby opening the webcam. Does that make sense?

Yes, that can happen. Did you try the fix posted by @GreyFox7 ?
 

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