Is my computer hacked?

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by test84, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. test84

    test84 GBAtemp's last ninja 2.

    Sep 8, 2006
    Iran, Tehran.
    I was downloading with IDM, borwsing the web with FF3, working with Flash, opened an PDF at Library that I suddenly saw an .doc file with a strange filename like "24qwar3r13t5" on my desktop,so I opened and contained strange characters (like opening binary files with notepad).

    Is my computer hacked or something? I have ZoneAlarm and its updated 1 week ago but its not "genuine" as you know.

    any comments or site that I can check my PC?

  2. FaRReR

    FaRReR GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    the Internet
    Was it hidden? If so, just delete the file and scan your computer with AVG 8, which is free.
  3. SavageWaffle

    SavageWaffle GBAtemp Maniac

    Jan 13, 2008
    United States
    New York
    coulda been some file. You can try decoding it, finding out what it says, but just delete it. But, it might be some sorta "patch" on a game. Do what you want.
  4. Doomsday Forte

    Doomsday Forte GBAtemp Maniac

    Apr 22, 2007
    United States
    What did you use to open the PDF? I know that Word and the like tend to create temporary strangely-titled files in the same directory as the file being opened. Try to open the PDF again and see if it pops up again.
  5. Vulpes Abnocto

    Vulpes Abnocto Drinks, Knows Things

    Former Staff
    Jun 24, 2008
    United States
    If you can provide the exact filename we might be able to help you better
  6. kobykaan

    kobykaan GBAtemp Addict

    Aug 27, 2007

    ZONE ALARM is pretty rubbish for spyware removal its more of a software firewall than anything! [​IMG]

    read my advice here its general advice for spyware removal but will help find anything lurking if there is anything [​IMG]

    remember to scan with a good antivirus afterwards to get rid of anything the programs advised in my link may of slipped by [​IMG]

    my choice of ANTI VIRUS program is AVG FREEWARE 8 which also has anti spyware built in [​IMG]

    I still use the other programs listed in my other post though as a backup precation for checking for nasties [​IMG]

    it could be a malicious script thats making the doc files appear from anywhere usually from dubious webpages .. that could of been accessed by the person before you [​IMG]
  7. vmkstar99

    vmkstar99 Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    United States
    I'll bet that you have 'Show hidden files and folders' enabled, hmm?
    It's normal for MS Word to make weird files like that when you open up a document.
    But they're only visible if you have the 'Show hidden files and folders' option enabled.
  8. Social0

    Social0 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Mar 19, 2007
    has nothing to do with being hacked, it's just a Microsoft Word Temp file while you're working on a document and sometimes it gets left behind.