A program I had suddenly became infected with malware when I hadn’t even touched my computer?
This literally just happened and I’m pretty confused and worried as to what could have happened.
So, I have Malwarebytes Premium. I got it a couple months ago when I got a Trojan trying to access my ex’s dad’s company website (long story) and Bitdefender couldn’t remove it. I was able to remove the Trojan with MB, but I haven’t entirely trusted my computer ever since (paranoid about keyloggers and backdoors) so I’ve switched to doing most of my business on my phone, and I really only use the computer now if I have to access features of a website that are only on the desktop version, or to use a program. Outside of that it mostly just sits powered on, but untouched.
Malwarebytes is scheduled to scan every morning at 2:35 AM. Since I will go days at a time without touching my computer and only really ever go to Amazon when I do, it never picks up anything. Except tonight... I’m up late playing PS4 when I look over and see that Malwarebytes has a notification up that it found a threat during its scan. I rush over and open it and view the details, it says there is malware attached to the .exe for Project 64, which I keep in a folder on my desktop along with all my other Project 64 files.
It never flagged Project 64 before. I have had it since before I even had Malwarebytes and it always scanned clean. I was very careful while downloading it - I actually downloaded it onto a burner laptop first to make sure it was safe, then took the install from the laptop and put it on my desktop. I have not touched my computer for a day or two, and the last time I did I just went to Amazon and Redbubble. I left some tabs open, but those are reputable sites and I have an adblocker on top of it so I don’t see how I could have gotten something from them by, say, an infected ad loading and it getting through that way. The scan yesterday came up clean, and I did not touch my computer at all afterwards. How did I get a virus with NO activity?
I quarantined and removed the malware with MB, then I deleted all my Project 64 files, uninstalled the program, and started a full custom scan of my entire system to ensure it was all taken care of. It is still going but it’s been running for 30 minutes which is usually around when it stops for my C drive (I keep most my files on external drives so there’s not much on it) and it is clean so far. When the scan is done, if it’s still clean I will power my computer off so that nothing else can magically appear and I will only turn it on when I actively need to use it for something. But I am really perpexed and honestly worried about how this malware came out of nowhere when there was no activity going on. What if I have some kind of secret backdoor from the Trojan a couple months ago that the hackers never used until today?
I am hoping that maybe Malwarebytes just updated, and something changed that made it give a false positive for Project64, maybe because it was an unsigned program or something. But if that is the case, why did it not flag all my other unsigned programs like my Skyrim mod installers? I can’t verify this theory because I must admit I was panicked and I am a little inebriated as well so I didn’t even think to write down the malware filename.
Is there any further action I should take?
submitted by WetArmor
(UPDATE/EDIT) Not even 24 hours before JNMIL went through any channel she could to harass us.
\Reposted and edited because I was so caught up in the emotions, I forgot I couldn't post twice in 24 hours, oops!\
****EDIT : Comments have been locked, presumably because racist SIL decided to hunt me down and comment abuse. This whole family(with the exception of DH of course) is honestly just such trash. I'm very thankful DH has decided to walk away from them for good.
Second update in 24 hours, new personal record? JNMIL didn't even wait until the holidays to start in on the guilt trip.
Friends, I can't. DH has FIL, BIL, and JNMIL blocked on most platforms. All social media and phone. Well we forgot about email. JNMIL sent DH an email today, guilt tripping the hell out of him. Friends and family have been made aware of these threads, and it got back to them. Oh well, that's why I used a throwaway. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It was lengthy, and for the most part, total BS. As usual, screenshots in comments. I just need to address this piece by piece. JNMIL claims that she apologized for calling me a spoiled brat and comparing me to DH's ex (who was physically abusive//has an assault charge and restraining order against her, put parental controls and keyloggers on his phone and laptop, stabbed their couch, and stalked him?? None of which I've done so??) She did half apologize for the spoiled brat comment ("I'm sorry you took it that way"), but as far as I knew, only BIL had compared me to the ex-wife. So that was news to me. I wonder what else she's been saying about me, without even knowing anything about me. No one in that family has ever made any attempt to get to know me, only contacting me to talk about DH and our puppy, so that's a neat trick. She says that no one is blaming DH for her illness or expecting him to be responsible for her mental health, which is half true. No one blamed him for her illnesses or implied he was at fault. HOWEVER,
FIL did outright tell DH that he "is a part of her treatment plan". So I don't know who's lying to who on the JN side of the family, but it's obviously happening somewhere.
She thinks DH is unblocking her for long enough to stalk her facebook profile, then re-blocking her.. Which is just... Insane. And if you know anything about blocking people on facebook, is just not how that works. In reality, it's been family and mutual friends reaching out going "Hey, JNMIL posted ______, what's going on?". It's just been ignored, because who knows what the JNFam is telling people. There was some things thrown around, such as: "OP knows nothing about me, but YOU do", "I'm sorry your mind was changed about me so easily", "you posted how horrible and abusive I am, your words, not mine" and "I didn't post things to be hurtful" and of course, my personal favorite, the age-old song of "I still love you and the door is open to you
", as if he's the one handing out slurs and personal attacks like candy. She of course also threw in some guilt about how she raised him with love and support, and how she would have just suffered through taking the dog if she had known she would be "tossed to hell".
I f*cking lost it, my dudes. She had been told both directly and through FIL that we wanted no contact. She had been blocked on everything as a result, and decided to go around everything to contact DH directly and subtly attack me. Contrary to what BIL has said, I don't actually have anyone blocked. No one has tried reaching out to me. JNMIL however, has me blocked.
DH and I talked about this. We decided this was the last straw either of us could take. We are permanently no contact, regardless of future treatment, apologies, personal growth, etc. Because DH has everyone blocked, I reached out to FIL. I told him this was wildly inappropriate, and any further contact would be considered harassment, and an anti-harassment order would be filed with the courts.
Friends, please send good thoughts our way. Please hope with us that it doesn't come down to legal action. Let's hope together that they understand at least enough to stop, and that this email is the last we hear from them.
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