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  1. pepsi71ocean New Member

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    So my email got hacked on my computer and im not sure what to do, i already started running Avast on my computer, but does this mean i should change my password to my email?

    What about my bank login information, what can i do to see what was effected?
     
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    Change all of your passwords.
     
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    should i do the password changing on another computer like the mac ?
     
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    Sure. Or just wait until you're sure your PC is virus/trojan/rootkit/keylogger/malware free. Doing it on the Mac is a good option.
     
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    im trying to figure out how this happened, the only thing i can think of is craigslist, i never go on that place and i was job searching wtf.

    do you have any other suggestions besides avast?
     
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    microsoft security essentials

    a number of people claim that the free anti-spyware is really just spyware
     
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    avast is in no way shape or form spyware. not to mention while MSE may also be good installing 2 programs like that is very counter productive.

    i personally recommend avast and malwarebytes.
     
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    +1 to this, I have avast and malwarebytes on all of my computers.
     
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    I went onto the Mac and it told me the Hotmail website was not safe

    Is it. Safe to assume the wireless internet box was compromised
     
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    Definitely change all of your passwords using another computer and the sooner the better.

    As your computer got nailed with malware, the only advice I give in such situations is to format and start over with a clean install, as it's the only way you can be 100% sure of having a malware-free PC.

    Of course, make sure that you have at least two copies of all your data before you do this. ;)
     
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    Sounds like the "Hotmail" site on your browser is linked to a different site possibly. Your box could have been compromised.

    Change passwords to everything on a different computer that is not infected.
     
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    I've been using Kaspersky for a few years and haven't had a virus in all that time **touch wood** you might want to consider that once you have the viruses/malware cleared out. Sometimes it is worth paying for something decent to protect your computer.
     
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    i changed my email password twice, and i will work on changing all of my other passwords.


    is my email safe to use or should i get a new one
     
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    +1. Kaspersky's excellent and is the one I use.

    Your email account itself is safe, as they won't have hacked Hotmail's servers. Make sure that the password isn't too obviously guessable for any of your accounts.
     
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    also make sure that your passwords arent THE SAME biggest issue i have when people come knocking and are like omg heres money help. morons. make sure avast is updated too. IV never gotten anything with any of the machines i put it on. its also within your best interest to adjust it. heuristics level, actions etc. and i have no sympathy if your one of "those" people that "know" a sites safe and take the shields offline. infact iv never come across a reson to take the sheilds down or use the gaming mode.
     
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    should i change forum passwords?
     
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    are they the same? or similar?
     
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    they are different from my email, they are however uniform to their own, ie the computer forums are the same password, and the gun forums are the same but different from the computer ones.
     
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    all in a days work.
     
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    so that is a yes change them all,
     
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    Look into using something like gmail, it has a security feature where it won't let a different computer log into your account. Instead it will text you (or call if you want) a code to confirm it's really you.

    edit: oops, 10 days old post. :(
     
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    its cool im still doing the research into how this happened.

    good info to know.
     
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