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Worried my computer may have been hacked

845 1,109 September 16, 2016 at 10:55 PM
I think there is a possibility that my computer has been hacked, but I'm not sure.

About a month ago, I noticed some unusual behavior with my cursor - nothing being clicked on, but the cursor moving without my hand on the mouse. I thought this might be due to my not using a mouse pad and the mouse being on an uneven surface. I have Norton Internet Security. In addition, I downloaded AVG and scanned and found nothing.

I have a very long list of passwords saved on a MS word file. I access this file many times every day. Yesterday, I accessed the file at least once without a problem. Later, I tried to access the file under recent documents but when I clicked on it, it said that the file did not exist. I noticed a file name under recent documents which I'd never seen before ~WRL0088. I clicked on this file name and there were my passwords. I don't know how this happened. How did my passwords get saved under a different name?

I decided to run Spybot. The only thing Spybot found which looked suspicious was IronInstall.Toolbar.Amazon which I had Spybot remove. After this, I ran Malwarebytes and it found nothing.

Today, I found my recent documents had been wiped. I can't find my password file or the ~WRL0088 file anywhere on my computer. The recent documents might have been wiped when I ran Spybot and Malwarebytes. I thought that at least the ~WRL0088 file (where my passwords were located yesterday) would still be there, but it's not.

I checked my bank account and several credit cards and everything is as it should be. If someone has my passwords, they haven't done anything to these accounts.

So, do I have a serious problem or not? How did my passwords get saved under a different name and then get deleted? Could have hit some keys and caused this to happen unknowingly?

Thanks for any help!



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How about take it offline to see if strange thing is still happening?
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If it's a desktop replace the mouse. If it's a laptop you're SOL as the pad has gone bad. Your recent documents are being wiped by the update to NIS.
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Is this a laptop or desktop? What make and model?
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add salt if have to store in a clear way. but keylogger can still get the salt.

i think broken mouse only move in a dumb way, like stuck in a conrner,
if it moves like a human, or jump to other spot sharply, or only moves when you're not using. it's less likely a broken mouse.

shit can run on background.

stolen password doesn't have to used right away.
i tried to google a new ebay seller's email and got his password, it's been posted for weeks,
i log in to his account, no record of login by others.

run packet capture software like Wireshark, i use "WildPackets OmniPeek Personal" they killed this free version, i like it's filtering feature is much easier than Wireshark.
try disconnect WAN, keep connect PC to Router, because if network adapter is unplugged, capture tool may not work. close every software, then capture DNS request (not all virus use a domain name), shutdown PC first, it may only request once at the beginning.

if your router can't see all the connections with real time speed, try tomato or other firmware, can see some action when shit happen.
or you can just use any speed monitor tool, i like Process Explorer, set columns, in the "Process Network" choose "Sent bytes", "Delta send bytes", Delta means real time speed, sort by that, look for the process keep sending beacons
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Like other have said, would need more info on your system (laptop/desktop, etc). Sometimes the mouse can move when there's something wrong with your mouse/trackpad or if you have a digitizer failing on your touchscreen.

More importantly, like previously stated, do odd things happen when not connected to the Internet?

Try something more substantive for virus scans. What is your antivirus? Run adwcleaner, eset online scanner, malwarebytes (remember to decline the trial during install), something like that to get a better idea of what may be running on your system.

If you think someone may have your passwords, change them (and record the new ones maybe on a pad of physical paper for now). You may want to change them on your smartphone until you know your computer is safe.
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