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visited a hacked website by accident...is my computer at risk?

ima4ltrwrd 1,629 427 August 12, 2012 at 04:18 PM
My wife was doing some research and she was linked to a foreign agency whos website was hacked. It wouldnt let her close the browser and kept popping up messages. I was able to restart the computer with no issues, I also did a malwarebytes and housecall scan which found nothing. Is it possible that the website could have done something to my wifes laptop and what are the next steps I should take? I can provide the website if anyone is interested but I figured I would hold off first. Thanks.

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An updated Malwarebytes and an updated Housecall scan came up clean?

You may want to purge your IE data, saved passwords, form logins, cache, cookies, browsing history and the such and same goes for Firefox and Chrome or whatever you're using.

This might be a good time to change your passwords to anything confidential like banking websites and anything that could hold PII.
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After a clean Malwarebytes scan, the odds are that all is well, but if you want to be doubly sure and you can do a system restore to before "the event", then you'd be that much more assured that the machine is clean.
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They would be able to extract that information just by visiting the site?
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They would be able to extract that information just by visiting the site?
Highly unlikely.... near impossible.
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They would be able to extract that information just by visiting the site?
Only if you had an unsecured, not updated or barely patched Windows machine where maybe....maybe they could use some sort of exploit through a Java app or javascript to drop something off in your Temporary Internet Files to run like a trojan.

That's a long shot unless you leave your system vulnerable with no updates.
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Ok thats comforting to know, the only thing that makes me a little nervous was that there was a popup that said we are tracking your IP. I hope they dont try and funny stuff.
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Ok thats comforting to know, the only thing that makes me a little nervous was that there was a popup that said we are tracking your IP. I hope they dont try and funny stuff.

Pffft. Easy and pie to do and it is meaningless. And don't believe ever popup you see. Ok
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Well I do have some web servers running so could those possibly be in any risk?
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Well I do have some web servers running so could those possibly be in any risk?
You mean this very same computer where your wife was doing this research on a computer running not a web server, but web servers?
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I have a different computer running a media/file server that I access from school. I guess im wondering if they could somehow gain access to that server since they have my public IP?
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I have a different computer running a media/file server that I access from school. I guess im wondering if they could somehow gain access to that server since they have my public IP?
Is that computer properly firewalled? Security in place with it being public facing? If so you should be fine regardless of IP address. I wouldn't spend a whole lot of time losing sleep on it.
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I am using AVG IS 2012, should that be sufficient?
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I think you're worrying needlessly. Smilie And if you're still using IE, stop. Smilie
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I am using AVG IS 2012, should that be sufficient?
AVG IS has a firewall so at least you're secured there. I'm feeling your fine.
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