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#3201802 - 11/30/13 05:51 AM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
kb27 Offline


Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 49
Loc: Singapore
I wouldn't worry too much. Sometimes it's just a false alarm, a false positive.

One time, I had the same complain to my boss from IT.

They claim I was doing bittorrenting, but I didn't.
I never had any BT client installed in my work PC, so how could I be doing what they claim ?

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#3202473 - 11/30/13 09:16 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: yonyon]
antiqueshell Offline


Registered: 03/02/12
Posts: 4231
Loc: chicago, Illinois
Originally Posted By: yonyon
Calm down. Some glitch raised a flag and nothing will come of it. Don't let this ruin your weekend.


Yep, exactly.
As long as you didn't knowingly engage in downloading programs or software nothing will come of the incident. I'm sure you are not the first person this has happened to at your workplace, they are simply following protocol.

As for your boss informing you just before the Thanksgiving Day Holiday, that was very poor form, and incredibly inconsiderate. Reason says it could have waited until the next work day, even if the "policy" says to inform the employee immediately after a discovery of errant material on the PC.

Commonsense and Reason are really increasingly RARE commodities today. As far as I am concerned your boss is guilty of the biggest mistake here.


Edited by antiqueshell (11/30/13 09:17 PM)

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#3202760 - 12/01/13 10:37 AM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
Jimmy9190 Offline


Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 3023
Loc: Clermont, Florida
Thanks for all of your support on this. Yes, I agree my boss was extremely inconsiderate to spring something like this on me just before the end of the day before Thanksgiving. I am trying not to think about that part of this problem. I have tried not to let it ruin my weekend, but it is still on my mind and will be there until about this time tomorrow morning.

The problem is I have never been in any kind of trouble at work, let alone been accused of downloading illegal software at work so I don't know how they handle this kind of thing. I am sure it has happened to others but I don't know what came of it. I hope and pray they listen and understand my side of the story.
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#3203935 - 12/02/13 01:09 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
Jimmy9190 Offline


Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 3023
Loc: Clermont, Florida
My boss emailed me this morning saying she had to reschedule our meeting for Wednesday at 11:00. So it must not be too darned important..she has yet to apologize for ruining my thanksgiving holiday. I am not holding my breath for an apology either. I am sending this reply with my new Samsung galaxy s4 smart phone. I do not need the Internet at work any more...
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#3204365 - 12/02/13 08:44 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
Jimmy9190 Offline


Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 3023
Loc: Clermont, Florida
I should add here that my wife's nephew works in IT for some big company in Ohio. We talked on the phone last night and he helped me check my laptop for torrent ware and any other unwanted programs. We went through the registry and also msconfig files, did not find even one scrap of any torrent ware, and we found nothing out of the ordinary on the laptop. Of course, we did not run MWB or any other malware detection/removal programs, that will be up to the IT folks where I work.

I told my wife's nephew about the weird Adobe pop-up I received the other day when I was Google searching catalytic converter parts and the subsequent Mcafee window saying it had blocked some malicious program. He said that is likely where this supposed torrent alert came from. He also said that Mcafee also popped up right after that Adobe thing and blocked it. So IT should have a Mcafee log showing what happened, which should be more than enough to prove I did not download any torrent stuff on purpose. I agree with him and am not as worried about this now, but still have to meet with my boss and take whatever medicine she sees fit to give me. I do think if this problem really was as serious as I thought in the beginning, she would not have postponed today. She or someone else would have hauled me out on the carpet somewhere.
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#3204605 - 12/03/13 06:09 AM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
Nayov Offline


Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 749
Loc: ME
Time to clear your desk! J / k, but your boss sounds like a major 'B-word' on a power trip flexing her muscle and I predict that this is absolutely nothing but a display.

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#3205956 - 12/04/13 11:11 AM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
Jimmy9190 Offline


Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 3023
Loc: Clermont, Florida
You guys are gonna love this. . Our I.T. guy is here at my office today. He comes here once a week to fix any issues. I asked him about the torrent ware thing and he said "oh we know about that. It wasn't you. It was someone else in a different department here in my building with a similar I.P. address." That person actually did purposefully download torrent ware on their work computer and I.T. already removed it. So they ruined my thanksgiving and kept me on ice for the last 3 days but at least I still have a job. ..thanks for your support on this.
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#3206054 - 12/04/13 12:45 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
uc50ic4more Offline


Registered: 05/31/06
Posts: 2460
Loc: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Jimmy9190
but at least I still have a job. ..thanks for your support on this.


It seems you're pretty thankful that you still have a job even though you had no reason to expect to not have one, and for the support; so your Thanksgiving couldn't have been ruined that badly: it gave you the opportunity to be grateful for your gainful employment and your internet friends! :^)

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#3206284 - 12/04/13 04:04 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 11644
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Look at it this way. You know you didn't do anything wrong, and it's not like you can torrent by accident, really. If there was malware, that would be apparent to the tech people. Given your story from that start, there was really no other way for it to turn out than you being innocent.
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#3206386 - 12/04/13 05:29 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
Jimmy9190 Offline


Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 3023
Loc: Clermont, Florida
I'd like to know when exactly it was that they knew it was not me but someone else doing the torrent thing. If it was last week or even this past Monday or yesterday it sure would have been nice and a decent thing to do for someone to call or email me to let me know they had made a huge mistake and I had nothing to worry about. Yeah, OK fat chance of that or any sort of apology happening. I have not heard from my boss since her email Monday morning. I can guarantee you if I had made an error that big they would have crucified me without wood or nails.

I did not ask our IT guy when they found out it was not me. I didn't ask him who the actual guilty party is either, because that is none of my business. I am glad it's over but I sure wish they had told me sooner. I had their "mistake" hanging over me like a pall the entire Thanksgiving weekend and have been on pins and needles since Monday. I know I did nothing wrong but given the environment I work in, the higher-ups would very likely have taken IT's word over mine. I had a hunch IT had made a mistake but I worried that it might be super tough or impossible to prove my innocence because I had an idea that IT would not even show up at the meeting with my boss. If it had gone that way I would not have had a leg to stand on, much less any solid verification I had not done anything wrong.

I am just glad this is over. I am trying to forgive and forget now. From now on I will use my phone for personal internet use at lunch. I surely do not want anything like this to ever happen again. Thanks again for all of your support.
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#3206659 - 12/04/13 08:49 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
The_Eric Offline


Registered: 03/31/10
Posts: 3366
Loc: Iowa
Good to hear! You should follow up with your idjit boss/hr and make darn sure there are no marks on your record!

Myself, I would also prod them on their mistake. You should not let it slide. I'm not saying let them have it with both barrels, but remind them of their timing and the effect on your holiday, as well as poking the wrong guy to begin with.
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#3206719 - 12/04/13 09:37 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
Jimmy9190 Offline


Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 3023
Loc: Clermont, Florida
No, one of the better things about my job is they are bound by State regulations to let me know before anything is put in my permanent record. I can't say where I work or talk about any specifics of my job but I can say I work for the State of Florida and there are very specific documentation procedures in place. As far as prodding the boss or IT goes, I would rather just leave it alone. My boss is a lot further up the food chain than I am and it would not be wise to bring this up with her again. Same goes for IT. Probably best to just let go of it and move on. I personally would never treat anyone this way, however it is now in the past and it is best to leave it there. I am very grateful I have a decent job with a good health insurance plan and other benefits.
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#3207300 - 12/05/13 12:38 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
javacontour Offline


Registered: 06/26/03
Posts: 7628
Loc: Illinois
Maybe no more probing. But it wouldn't hurt to have some sort of Memorandum for Record indicating that you were told on 12/4 that it wasn't you, but another employee, etc.
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#3207303 - 12/05/13 12:44 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 2912
Loc: Ohio

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#3207353 - 12/05/13 01:44 PM Re: Downloaded torrent software at work? [Re: javacontour]
Jimmy9190 Offline


Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 3023
Loc: Clermont, Florida
Originally Posted By: javacontour
Maybe no more probing. But it wouldn't hurt to have some sort of Memorandum for Record indicating that you were told on 12/4 that it wasn't you, but another employee, etc.


Apparently our IT guys had no told my boss yet that I am innocent. She emailed me this morning saying she would let me know the rescheduled time for our meeting. I replied back with what IT told me yesterday and had my IT guy email my boss to confirm my innocence. He said yesterday he we let her know but had not done it yet. He copied me on his email to her and I printed it and also saved it in my own saved email file. I have not heard from my boss since that one email this morning. I sure hope this is over now.


Edited by Jimmy9190 (12/05/13 01:46 PM)
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