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  • Have you ever been hacked?

    It seems my computer has been hacked and I'm just wondering if any other members have had this happen. If so, what did you do about it?

    We have AVG security which has always been great, but I've had problems with my computer recently - hopelessly slow, and AVG was trying to do some updates. It was sitting there for hours and I cancelled it. I clicked on a website, went away for about three minutes while it loaded, came back and found a full-screen black and red page with an image of a black joker and the message across the screen... "You have been hacked by the Black Joker". I must have stopped AVG from protecting me. Very worried about what this hacker might do.

    I'm on my husband's computer at the moment. He's asleep and doesn't know yet. I'm off to bed soon. Will check in a few hours for any replies. Thanks.

  • #2
    Are you sure it's you that's been hacked and not just the website you were visiting?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GBH View Post
      Are you sure it's you that's been hacked and not just the website you were visiting?
      I'm not sure. I presumed it was me.

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      • #4
        Step 1: Run AdwCleaner
        https://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...wCleaner.shtml
        https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/
        https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewd.../1-adwcleaner/
        https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
        Close all open programs and internet browsers.
        Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
        Click Scan Now
        Click on Quarantine for all it finds.
        Reboot.

        Step 2: Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware ( MBAM ) Use Threat Scan. Make sure Rootkit scan is on.
        https://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...-Malware.shtml
        https://www.freewarefiles.com/Malwar...ram_54166.html
        https://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...rogramid=54166
        https://www.malwarebytes.org/downloads/
        Forum
        https://www.malwarebytes.org/forums/
        Scanning, you will get something like this.
        https://i.imgur.com/4NZ5Qw0.gif
        https://i.imgur.com/rRfr1oD.gif
        https://i.imgur.com/tShE6tQ.gif
        https://i.imgur.com/iJZHDC0.gif
        Restart ( if required )

        Use Geek uninstaller to remove AVG. Make sure Windows Defender is fully activated (it should auto, once AVG is removed)

        But I'm suspecting it's just a pop-up. Add Ublock Origin and Adblock Plus extensions to your browser (good to have in any case).
        Last edited by arthur linden-jones; 23rd May 2020, 08:22 PM.

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        • #5
          I agree the site itself may be the problem, my young nephew had much the same happen to him that it drove him into a panic. He called me one night because he had visited a site and they were demanding money (£100) to unblock it or they would contact his University! They even had a false web cam image showing someone moving around but not clearly, I ran all the malware programmes and it got rid of them. It really annoys me that computers can be used to hurt people what a bunch of wasters.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Shirley Brahms View Post
            Have you ever been hacked?
            I think so. The 'Supremo' program installed itself on my PC a couple of years ago out of the blue.
            I googled it and found out that it's a prog that allows other people to access your computer.
            So I deleted all traces of it from my computer, but still sometimes get the message "Do you wish to update Supremo" so I click "No".
            But the fact the message keeps appearing could mean it's still lurking unseen somewhere on my computer.
            Needless to say, I watch my bank statements like a hawk to see if any lolly has gone missing but so far nothing has, touch wood..

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            • #7
              Just because there's a message saying you've been hacked, doesn't mean you actually have. If a hacker alerts an individual user to their hack, it's generally to make demands.

              It means the website has been hacked, not that your computer has been hacked. But if it's a website you gave your personal data to, then it's probably been stolen. There is a Dark Web site called "Joker's Stash" which steals credit card information from sites with lax security.

              AVG is generally regarded as a crap anti-virus. It's free, and you get what you pay for.
              Last edited by Gamelyn; 24th May 2020, 01:46 AM.

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              • #8
                This happened to me about two years ago. I think it would be considered, hacking. It was a new tablet, I received a email from a hacker. The hacker said that they were monitoring my websites and reading my emails and had some very interesting photos of me exposing myself to others. No way could this be true. I am not in habit of this type of behaviour. They wanted 500.00 dollars in bit coins, and instructions would be sent to me. Once payment was received, I would be sent the photos and never hear from them again. I was able to determine it was coming from Japan. The date of payment, of money, came and past. Naturally, I did not pay one single penny. I never received anymore messages from them again. As for these photos, they said they had, they did not exist.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by arthur linden-jones View Post
                  Step 1: Run AdwCleaner
                  https://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...wCleaner.shtml
                  https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/
                  https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewd.../1-adwcleaner/
                  https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
                  Close all open programs and internet browsers.
                  Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
                  Click Scan Now
                  Click on Quarantine for all it finds.
                  Reboot.

                  Step 2: Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware ( MBAM ) Use Threat Scan. Make sure Rootkit scan is on.
                  https://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...-Malware.shtml
                  https://www.freewarefiles.com/Malwar...ram_54166.html
                  https://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...rogramid=54166
                  https://www.malwarebytes.org/downloads/
                  Forum
                  https://www.malwarebytes.org/forums/
                  Scanning, you will get something like this.
                  https://i.imgur.com/4NZ5Qw0.gif
                  https://i.imgur.com/rRfr1oD.gif
                  https://i.imgur.com/tShE6tQ.gif
                  https://i.imgur.com/iJZHDC0.gif
                  Restart ( if required )

                  Use Geek uninstaller to remove AVG. Make sure Windows Defender is fully activated (it should auto, once AVG is removed)

                  But I'm suspecting it's just a pop-up. Add Ublock Origin and Adblock Plus extensions to your browser (good to have in any case).
                  Arthur, thank you very much for your reply. Much appreciated. My husband agreed that it was probably a pop-up or that the website had been hacked. He turned my computer on and the sky did not fall in! He was able to access AVG and do a full scan. Happily, everything was fine.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gamelyn View Post
                    Just because there's a message saying you've been hacked, doesn't mean you actually have. If a hacker alerts an individual user to their hack, it's generally to make demands.

                    It means the website has been hacked, not that your computer has been hacked. But if it's a website you gave your personal data to, then it's probably been stolen. There is a Dark Web site called "Joker's Stash" which steals credit card information from sites with lax security.

                    AVG is generally regarded as a crap anti-virus. It's free, and you get what you pay for.
                    No, I have never been into that website. It was my first attempt. Pleased to say we do not have lax security from AVG. We pay for it and it's excellent. My computer is old and slow. I'm getting a new one in the next couple of weeks.

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