Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:01 pm Post subject: how do i know if i'm safe?
sunday night i downloaded and installed Sharepod so i can transfer my music files from my iPod to my computer. about an hour after doing so, i noticed that i was not able to browse the internet ... i was not able to visit a website based on IP address or the website name. i had internet connectivity because i was still playing World of Warcraft and i was still active in Ventrilo.
i did a netstat -a and some active sessions were unfamiliar to me ... so i restored my system back to the previous day (before i installed Sharepod) and everything seemed okay.
i then ran a check with Spybot Search & Destroy and cleaned up the problems it found. i also ran an Avast check and it came up clean.
my question is now that Spybot and Avast are showing clean scans now, how do i "really" know i removed whatever malware was on my machine and no one is capturing my information?
Did you make a note of the malware that was affecting you?
You can never be 100% sure, but if it is a common malware usually it can be removed entirely. Uncommon stuff usually leaves some files behind because of the cleaning process not being perfect. And custom stuff usually can't even be detected, so it will remain in place even after being cleaned.
i did not record the problems Spybot found, i guess for the sake of good practice i should get in the habit of recording what irregularities are found. and researching them once they're cleaned up. thanks for that idea.
and i'm glad someone else agrees with me that we can't be 100% sure, i thought maybe i was missing something in regard to compsec.
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