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Hacked Win7 computer

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  • Started 1 year ago by Dic
  • Latest reply from afuhnk
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Dic
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One of my Win7 m/cs has been hacked. From time to time, the hack asked me for my ‘master password’, presumably for KeyPass. Since I intend doing a clean install Win8, from DVD, I wondered if I could safely move KeyPass to a flash drive, i.e. without taking the hack with it, and then copy it to the new installation.

I haven’t entered my KeyPass password since I discovered the hack, but wondered if copying and pasting my KeyPass from a flash drive might be a secure way of accessing it on another m/c. Alternatively, I wondered if using KeyScrambler might be a safe way of accessing my KeyPass from its present location. Another thought: open it in Sandboxie.

Any ideas, you clever people?

Incidentally, since running CCleaner, MalwareBytes and Windows Security Essentials scans, I have had no further requests for ‘master password’; but I’m taking no chances, in case the hack is ‘playing possum’.

Posted 1 year ago
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Xhi
Xhi
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You give the "hack" waaaay too much credit.

Posted 1 year ago
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Dic
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Thanks, Xhi, for that helpful shorthand response. Have all your previous 5193 posts been as helpful?

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afuhnk
afuhnk
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Any ideas, you clever people?

Seeing this I'm sure some people may find it offensive on some level.

How exactly was your computer hacked?
If you do a clean install, and you want to make sure your KeyPass is safe, I'd suggest changing all your passwords (through the 'normal' password changing options - that is, not using KeyPass to change them). And forget about KeyPass until you reinstall Windows and re-create a new KayPass with those newly update passwords.

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germ-x
germ-x
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Type msconfig > click on the startup tab > verify that Keypass does not start on windows startup.
You might want to check the settings to make sure the app doesn't auto prompt for password so it can start /open.

Posted 1 year ago
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Dic
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afuhnk:

How might that possibly be 'offensive on some level'? Certainly wasn't meant to be.

How hacked? I'm not clever enough to know.

Thanks for your suggestions; I'll certainly follow them, when I clean install.

germ-x:

Thanks for that; I'll check it out in the morning. Bedtime here, Downunder.

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afuhnk
afuhnk
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Dic, I meant 'what makes you think you have been hacked'. What are the symptoms. There's a major difference in being hacked and being infected with virus or spywares...

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