I am not sure if and which one of the tricks may work for you but to make a stolen laptop untraceable, you can either try disabling the anti-theft settings on that laptop via its BIOS or completely swap the device’s OS/GUI (if not, install a fresh OS, at the least).
But the most important thing regarding how to make a stolen laptop untraceable is to try every possible thing you can to make sure you stay anonymous whilst you’re online on that device. For example, keeping your IP address and records hidden 24-7, making the device unnamed, avoiding accessing unsafe websites, etc.
Apart from all that, you can try some other quick and tiny measures to make the device’s encryption more secure i.e. setting a heavily strong password or bolting the screensaver, etc. So let’s see all these things at length now.
How to Make a Stolen Laptop Untraceable?
To be very precise, there are only three sneaky sure-fire techniques you can try to make the laptop untraceable and somehow annihilate such worries off your head.
But in addition to and after you’re done with them, there are some other things you may also need to try to be a bit more confirmed and surer on your actions. So let’s check them out one by one.
#1. Watch Out and Disable the Laptop’s Anti-Theft Setting/Feature
Have you ever heard about Computrace or Intel anti-theft? If not, let me tell you that it’s a module/feature that resides in the BIOS chips (or motherboard) of most Intel-based laptops, especially newer ones. It’s sort of a paid service that if enabled operates distinctively from the device and provides network protocols (GPS signals, you can say) displaying the device location to a remote server.
It’s, of course, the first and most important thing you must watch out for in such a scenario. Turning the anti-theft settings off on the device can successfully prevent that stolen laptop from being traced or tracked.
First of all, Find Out if the Laptop has this Feature Pre-installed?
- Open up the Task Manager on the laptop by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc all three keys at once.
- In the Task Manager, move to the Services tab and therein navigate down in the Name column to find rcpnet.exe with Computrace (or anything such) in front of it in the Description column.
- If you found that out, means the laptop has got this feature installed.
- Finally, check out its Status. If it’s running, you need to immediately disable it. Proceed down to learn that.
How to Disable Anti-Theft Feature/Setting on Laptop?
- Turn the laptop OFF and power it ON again or restart if it’s already ON.
- When it starts booting and the brand logo shows up, press the respective BIOS access key (i.e. F2 for most laptop brands like Acer, Asus, Dell, and Lenovo, etc., or F10 for HPs mostly) to access the laptop’s BIOS menu.
- Go to the Security tab in your BIOS menu.
- Therein, seek out Computrace or Intel AT or something similar.
- Finally, select and tap the Disable option for the feature and hit Enter.
Save the settings by pressing F10 and come out. And remember, once disabled, the setting just can’t be reversed back – but I know you don’t anyway want it back ever.
One more thing, if you find (after Step 2) that the BIOS is also password protected, consider resetting the motherboard. For that, either tweak the motherboard jumper or take out the primary and BIOS (CMOS) battery for about a minute and then put them back.
#2. Renewing the Laptop’s Operating System May Also Help
The second sneaky way regarding how to make the laptop untraceable is to install a whole new operating system and start all over again with the laptop. And you can do that (be it on a Windows laptop or Mac) with the help of a bootable OS installer which can be any removable media like a disk or a flash drive, etc.
So all you need to reinstall the OS is to take a USB flash drive or any removable media > plug it in another laptop > copy the complete Windows setup to the USB from there > and finally, boot the laptop in question through that USB.
If It’s a MacBook, You May Be Better Off Switching from macOS to Windows
Since Apple devices are always exceptionally guarded, secured, and since macOS is eternally in contact with the Cloud servers, just installing a new macOS again may not make an Apple laptop untraceable.
So, firstly, it’s recommended to never get a MacBook from such unauthorized places, but if you’ve got one, you may be better off swapping its original GUI (i.e. macOS) with Windows OS. You can check out support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468 to learn how to do that.
#3. Internet Anonymity is the Key in this Regard
In an odd scenario like this where you’ve purchased a laptop but later on found that you’re in a trap and the same laptop is already reported stolen, being completely anonymous while online (on that laptop) is critical to remain safe and untouched.
Well, let me first make you understand this thing a bit. A device that connects to the internet does so via an “Internet Protocol address”, also called an IP address. It’s a unique address/number that helps identify a device on the internet network.
Now, since every device has got a unique ID, it can be easily trailed whenever it’s live on the internet. So even if you think you’ve successfully made the laptop untraceable, it’s still mandatory to stay very much careful when connected to and surfing the internet on that stolen device.
To make sure you’re completely unidentified 24-7, you may need to consider doing:
- Make sure your device’s IP address is hidden whilst you’re online.
- Watch out if the device has still some identity on the internet like a unique name, etc. If yes, make it nameless.
- Always be watchful of your data and records and keep them obscure in some sort of encoded holder or scramble things on some removable media.
- Never visit uncertified, unsafe websites i.e. those lacking SSL certification.
- And yeah, never ever disclose or discuss things like the laptop is stolen or so publicly.
Go Spot On; Use Proxies or a Proxy Server to Make All this Possible
So because all you need to stay anonymous on the internet is to hide your IP address, you can do that using a proxy server. A proxy server masks your IP address and lets you be on the internet under its guise ultimately making trailing your IP address difficult.
There are lots of proxy/web proxies that you can get free of cost from various websites online like Hidester, Geonode, Free Proxy list, etc.
Some proxy providers may let you surf the internet straight out of them anonymously, but generally, you’re always required to copy the appropriate IP address from the providers and then put it into your browser to get the job done.
Well, here’s how to make a stolen laptop untraceable utilizing web proxies:
- Firstly, get an appropriate IP address from a proxy provider, of course.
- Now, open the Tools dropdown menu on your web browser i.e. internet explorer or whatsoever.
- From the dropdown, select Internet Options, tap on the Connections flap and finally select LAN Settings from therein.
- After that, check the Use a proxy server for your LAN checkbox and put down the details you copied in Step 1 i.e. IP address, port, etc.
- Finally, tap OK to make the changes take effect, and you’ll be completely unnamed on the internet from now on.
Any Other/Alternate Tricks to Ensure Online Anonymity?
Apart from web proxies, you can consider using VPNs as well to make that stolen laptop untraceable. There are tons of free as well as paid VPNs available online, but I’d always recommend you go for a paid one because free VPNs usually fail to hide your IP address.
Some of the top VPN services offered worldwide today include Surfshark, NodeVPN, CyberGhost VPN, IPVanish, ExpressVPN, etc.
You can Try Some More Quick and Midget Stuff to Make the Laptop Highly Encrypted Overall
The three covert techniques discussed above can of course do the trick for you. If not the first one, the second, and if not both of them, the third method can surely help you make a stolen laptop untraceable.
But there are a few more tips for you to be even more on the safer side even after you’ve tried one of or all the three methods given above.
#1. Even Your Keystrokes May Create a Trouble – Encrypt Them
Encrypting keystrokes is not recommended to a person having a stolen laptop only but to anyone out there reading this. Every laptop or computer can have Keyloggers (i.e. activity monitoring software giving hackers access to your data) on it so keystrokes encryption is always ideal to shield yourself from such key lumberjacks.
It may sound odd but not only hackers even a lot of legal entities/companies have keyloggers that track each of your keystrokes and record all your personal data you give away on the internet.
So to keep yourself from such oddities, it’s better to use KeyScrambler software that helps protect everything you put online from such illegal rats/lumberjacks.
#2. Tweak Other System Settings to Strengthen its Security Even More
Other things you can try to make your device’s overall encryption more secure include:
- Always have a strong password on your device comprising characters, numbers, arbitrary capitals, and maybe images too. If you’re not sure to do that yourself, try out an authorized third-party password generator and manager app for this i.e. Norton’s secret phase generator, etc.
- Make sure you have a bolted screensaver to counter more intelligent tracking tricks. To enable locked/bolted screensaver, right-click anywhere on your desktop > select Personalize > select Lock screen from the left panel > point down to Screen saver settings on the right side and click on it > in the new window, check the On resume, display logon screen box and set Wait to 5.
- You may then also need to change the laptop’s power plan settings. For that, right-click on the battery icon on taskbar > select Power Options > click Change plan settings > and finally, set Turn off the display: to 5 as well. And you’re done with bolting the screensaver.
- And finally, having quality antivirus software on the laptop may also protect you from a lot of evil attacks by keyloggers and other such malefactors. So always have one authorized antivirus installed.
Can you make the laptop untraceable?
To hide your trail, use any infamous VPN software which isn’t free because the free ones tend to keep and store your every search query and IP address in their log files. Some reputable and secure VPNs include Express Vpn, Surfshark, Nord Vpn, and IP Vanish.
What do thieves do with stolen laptops?
It all boils down to the fact why it was stolen in the first place. If you are a high-profile person, the theft might be about your data, however, if that isn’t the case, then it concludes that the thief only wanted it to sell it for money or hardware parts.
Can a laptop be locked if stolen?
Both Mac and Windows laptops tend to have a special “Find my Device” Feature which lets you track down and even lock and secure your data to keep it away from the pesky reaches of unwanted intruders.
To be deceived by an unauthorized seller and purchase a second-hand or maybe a previously stolen laptop is pretty easy but to stay satisfied with such investment afterward becomes really formidable.
It happens not because the laptop underperforms in any way but because you always have a fear of being tracked by nasty guys (or maybe by the genuine owner) on such a device. And you just can’t simply hand it over to the police as well as you’ve spent your hard-earned bucks on it.
Well, this blog post is a solution for everyone out there having tons of such fears and frets. So if you too have not got a genuine piece of hardware, there’s no need to worry still. In the article above, I’ve shared every single trick telling you how to make a stolen laptop untraceable.
Scroll up, learn them, and try them out. And do acknowledge my efforts by letting me know below if you’ve successfully got yourself protected.