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Old 08-02-2018, 17:12   #16
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Re: I'm worried I might've done something stupid...

I did lose a bit, but...oh well, lesson learned. Anyway the system nuking process is complete and my laptop's more or less back to the way it was...with several passwords changed, that is.

That Chrome feature to export/import passwords is very handy; I doubt I could've remembered them all. Same with bookmarks. But everything I'd installed was either backed up or could be downloaded again from source, so this was more of an inconvenience than a disaster.

I still don't think they did anything drastic, to be honest, and I ran four different malware tools which found nothing except a few tracking cookies. But even if they did put anything on the laptop, it's well and truly gone. Before the nuke it did occur to me to wonder if my laptop had been turned into a bot, but an online check via Kaspersky said its IP address wasn't part of any known botnet. Nor is it now.
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Old 08-02-2018, 17:23   #17
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Re: I'm worried I might've done something stupid...

Better to be safe than sorry though.
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Old 08-02-2018, 18:17   #18
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Re: I'm worried I might've done something stupid...

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I did lose a bit, but...oh well, lesson learned. Anyway the system nuking process is complete and my laptop's more or less back to the way it was...with several passwords changed, that is.

That Chrome feature to export/import passwords is very handy; I doubt I could've remembered them all. Same with bookmarks. But everything I'd installed was either backed up or could be downloaded again from source, so this was more of an inconvenience than a disaster.

I still don't think they did anything drastic, to be honest, and I ran four different malware tools which found nothing except a few tracking cookies. But even if they did put anything on the laptop, it's well and truly gone. Before the nuke it did occur to me to wonder if my laptop had been turned into a bot, but an online check via Kaspersky said its IP address wasn't part of any known botnet. Nor is it now.
Just don't do anything so stupid again or you will have to go stand in the naughty corner!
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Old 08-02-2018, 19:18   #19
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Old 09-02-2018, 23:26   #20
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Re: I'm worried I might've done something stupid...

I got this call about a week ago. An Indian guy trying his best. I just said 'Oh it's you, you're that [half a dozen strong swear words] scamming [another half a dozen swear words] by then he hung up on me. I was actually annoyed by it though.
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Re: I'm worried I might've done something stupid...

Don't feel bad you fell for this, some of them are very convincing on the phone.

Once they have remote desktop they usually check which Antivirus you have running and make some decisions based on that. Some are easier to temporary disable or hide malware from than others and sometimes they even have a slightly different .exe malware that works better with a specific AV.

Sometimes they might just put a bit of loader software on which contains no malware at all but it's only job is to talk to a control centre every so often. At some point the control centre tells it to download the actual malware and run it. So until that happens, your PC might look clear from infections.

The people doing the infecting have the bonus of being able to write some malware that no antivirus vendors are aware off and on one particular day letting it off to all those people who were prepped with the loader software, meaning a better infection rate. If they got the indian call centre guys to install the malware straight away, the AV vendors would be working on signatures for that malware and push it out at the end of the week meaning no one else would get infected unless they made changes to make the malware undetected again. So having the malware downloading software ready on a thousand machines to infect in the same hour is beneficial.

But it means you might think you are clean from infection if the initial downloader isn't picked up as a nasty, which is often the case.
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Re: I'm worried I might've done something stupid...

I think I've got some malware on my phone, don't think it's that harmful but I'd still like it gone, other than factory reset is there anyway of doing this easily? It's one of those crappy browser redirect ones.
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Re: I'm worried I might've done something stupid...

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I think I've got some malware on my phone, don't think it's that harmful but I'd still like it gone, other than factory reset is there anyway of doing this easily? It's one of those crappy browser redirect ones.
I've had that on chrome. It was more an advertising thing than anything malicious. Totally clearing the cache of the app solved it for me, clear history/cookies too.
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