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Is there a utility that works in the background and is able to notify me if my computer is being pinged?

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If such a utility exists, I'd expect it to be part of a Desktop-PC firewall or Desktop-PC security suite. – RedGrittyBrick Jun 14 '11 at 10:17
    
Now that's just paranoia. – grawity Jun 14 '11 at 19:07

Ping packets are actually ICMP echo request packets. You can check wikipedia to better understand.

As RedGrittyBrick sayed, this is often a part of Firewall applications. You can however try to block ICMP requests through your home router and watch the log for detected ICMP echo requests.

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windump (tcpdump for windows) will tell you everything you want to know about any pings your NIC receives.

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