posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 04:23 AM
First of all, let me state that I generally prefer lurking and hardly ever post, but I find myself in a dilemma and decided to bring my problem to my
fellow ATS members to try to get some answers or ideas.
I was on my laptop yesterday when my cat (who likes to lay his head on my keyboard while I'm trying to type) hit a key with his paw that took out my
top toolbar and bottom status bar. Rather than try to figure out what he did, I thought just rebooting my computer would resolve the issue. At the
logon screen I entered my password, but got the message "user name or password invalid." Tried at least a dozen times, same result.
Needless to say, I am extremely angry and feel violated. I feel like a burglar broke in and locked me out of my own home!
While I certainly
am no IT whiz, I thought I was being fairly security conscious and have antivirus and malware software (MS Security Essentials, Advanced System Care
and AVG) and also PeerBlock (Sidenote: My OS is Windows 7; I've been wanting to ditch Windows and have read that Linux is more secure, but have been
told that it is not at all user-friendly and you really have to know what you're doing, so it looks like I'm stuck with Windows for now).
My roommate is pretty computer savvy and says that I've most likely been hacked and have a key-logger. He won't have time to work on my computer until
this weekend, and was kind enough to lend me his spare laptop in the meantime (I would go stark raving mad going more than a day or two without
computer access). He says if he can't get into the Bios to turn off or change the password, he will have to completely wipe and reinstall it. I'm
really hoping that he doesn't have to wipe it because I will lose a lot of valuable info and research (not to mention videos and pics) that weren't
Any ideas or suggestions you could offer as to how it happened, why it happened, how can I find out who could have done it (was it just some teenaged
hacker out for kicks or something more nefarious?), and how to prevent something like this from happening again would be greatly appreciated.
edit on 2/20/2013 by 1yearning2bfree because: (no reason given)