Here's the situation. My sister has had problems with her web browsing, and other services, running much slower lately. While over at her house, I decided to check the NetGear FR314 router I had given them years back.
When I tried getting to the web based config using the password I had setup, I couldn't. But the factory default "password" worked just fine. It seems that the box has been reset to factory defaults.
Since her son is completely unsupervised on his own computer in the basement (which is also where the cable modem and Netgear box reside), and has an Apache web server loaded, my sister is suspicious about what he has been up to. He says the Apache software is required for some game he plays. I'm not a gamer, so I don't know. But since the Apache screen that comes up after entering his IP in IE is the installation default, I don't suspect that he is running a full web server or anything.
He has added Bittorrent forwarding to the router, which is no big deal. But he has also forwarded several ports with the label "recruit" which I don't recognize.
The question is, are there any good/recommended port scanners that I can use to scan her public IP and find out what ports may be opened and forwarded to his computer?
Is there any way to disable the resetting of the Netgear box to the factory defaults? I realize that is something that can result in shooting yourself in the foot. But perhaps I can take apart the box and disable the reset button in such a way that I can easily re enable it when I need to.
No doubt I would then need to get some of that tape that will show evidence of tampering if he figures out that he can open the box and reset it. Or maybe just place such a piece of tape over the reset hole.
The fear is that this kid is young and extremely gullible. My sister has had to change her phone number several times because the kid hands out his phone number, real name, and home address all the time over the net.
Hopefully not related, but the log on the NetGear box showed thousands of outgoing hits to gay web sites. She wouldn't be devastated to find out that the kid is gay, but with the world we live in and all the pedophiles out there, she is concerned about him offering his personal information freely.
Yeah, I know, she should just supervise him more or just take away the computer altogether. I can't fathom why she doesn't, but she doesn't want the hassle of him complaining. So I am just trying to find out what may be going on and, at the very least, protect her computer from hack attempts brought about by his fiddling with the router.
Unfortunately, a software firewall on her system is too much of a hassle for her also. I've tried to tell her nicely that the avoidance of too many "hassles" can spell disaster.