Many people feel uncomfortable and even observed Due to their laptops or All-in-One computers that have built-in WebCams, this is because they think that someone can hack into their laptops and thus have access to the WebCam on your computer to spy on them.
In case you have a desktop computer with an external WebCam, obviously just uninstalling it is enough. However, when it is incorporated into the computer, the best option is to deactivate this WebCam from the Windows or Mac options, that way you can leave it inactive and lose that feeling of guilt about someone is watching you.
Enough of having to be with tape or worse to cover the camera. Today we are going to see how solve this definitively and effectively, so that you don’t have a piece of tape stuck to your laptop, or anything strange on your computer screen. We will see how to deactivate WebCam in Windows permanently and put an end to that anguish that hurts you once and for all.
How to disable the Windows WebCam?
The first thing we are going to do is go to the Windows Device Manager, how? just press the Windows key, located at the bottom of your keyboard or click on start, located in the lower left corner of your screen; write just Device administrator in the search bar that appears in the pop-up window
Click on the first option that appears on the screen and a new window should open with all the hardware settings of your computer. As you may have already noticed, all devices are divided by category. Here the category that we are going to search is that of Imaging devices.
Once we find it, we will have to double click on it to be able to see all the imaging devices that are available. Once this step has been done, we must display this menu, the name of your webcam should appear. In this case it may be the model name or have a generic name, It will depend entirely on the manufacturer of the same.
What you should do next is right click about the name of your webcam and then drag the mouse until you reach the button that says “Properties” and then click on it. Then a new window opens and here we must go to the tab that says “Controller”.
After this we will have to search among the buttons for the one that says “Disable device”. You just click on that option a pop-up window will appear where it asks you to confirm this action, obviously we are going to say yes.
How do I know that the WebCam is already disabled?
Once all the previous steps have been carried out, it is best to verify that the camera is already deactivated, knowing this procedure we can deactivate Windows or Mac WebCam whenever we want, although it is vitally important to know how to use the Camera application correctly in Windows.
Now we are going to go to the tab that says “General” and if you look at the box below a message should appear that says This device is disabled, that means that it is effectively disabled and you cannot use the WebCam on your computer. In this way, no kind of virus will be able to use the webcam either.
How can I reactivate the webcam?
It should be noted that, possibly after pressing the button “Disable device” maybe he system suggests restarting the computer To ensure the greatest effectiveness of the process, it is at your discretion whether you want to restart it or not.
In case you need to reactivate the webcam for any reason, all you have to do is go through this whole process again. When you are in the “Controller” tab instead of showing up to disable the device. An option will appear that will say “Enable device” that simple.
This way you can be enabling and disabling the webcam every time you think it is convenient to avoid having to cover it with some dark and adhesive material, and not have the enormous suspicion that someone, be it a malicious virus or a hacker, is trying to access your private information or want to violate your Privacy.
In fact, many users do complete security installations in their homes or businesses using WebCam or only outdoor cameras. Most use CCTV cameras, but they do not know how to install them correctly even though the steps are easy, it is best to make sure before committing serious damage.