Hi, thanks for the reply. Let me explain my situation a bit more. The last time I visted the site was in June. And I have 2 computers hooked up to a wireless router. I have reformated and reinstalled Windows 7 on computer #1 (the one that visted the site) twice.
So please explain to me why I would not be 100% safe if I unpluged both computers and reinstalled Windows 7, flashed the BIOS, and reset the Modem and Wireless router, then got a new IP address, why wouldn't I be 100% safe? And I no longer use the email address I used to join the site.
As everyone here keeps trying to stress to you; THE INTERNET IS NOT 100% SAFE
. It doesn't matter how much security software you use, or if you only go to sites such as Google. You can be hacked or infected from doing nothing more then being on the internet. You don't have to go to illegal sites, porn sites, etc. to be infected or hacked. Just simply having an infected PC on your network could corrupt your router's DNS/IP settings(although unlikely, but still possible), and by doing that every time a different PC requests a new IP/DNS information, they would get the "hacked"(for lack of a better word) information, and then get infected themselves. Viruses can also spread between computers, without "infecting" the router.
Its way too many things to list that could still be used to "hack" you. If you where using programs like Windows Live Messenger, or AIM, a good enough hacker could probably turn that against you. If the guy knows some of the other sites you visit and is a real "hacker" out to get you, he could hack those sites then get your new email/IP/password/etc. Once again, its no way to be 100% safe.
3)Yes, I was an admin
4)Yes, I got cookies, but I wiped them 2 formats ago
5)I used avast when I used the site
1) Good. That lowers the risk of an infection. If it was a illegal site or a video site it would've raised the chance of you getting infected or your information "hacked".
2) Another good sign. If you didn't install anything from the site - then thats good.
3) Did you use the same password on the site for the email you registered on the site with? Do you know what type of "Wiki" software they where running?
5) Atleast you had protection. I'd recommend scanning both PCs with Malwarebytes just to make sure, you're clean. Also post a ipconfig /all in your next reply and I'll look over your IP/DNS settings to make sure they're legit.
Bottom line: You can do many things to improve PC security, but any computer connected to the internet is at risk of being infected and the user having their security hacked. You seem to have done many things correctly to try and make sure your PC is secure, which is a good thing. Keep doing that, take weekly(or daily if you have enough free time) scans of your computers, check your router settings randomly, and change your passwords frequently. Always make the passwords different from each other, it's better to use letters, numbers, and symbols(ex: AFT23$#$ffdg@9) vs a simple word or numbers. I believe the standard "secure" password length is currently 12-16 characters. But once again, after you do all of this: it only makes you more
secure. It does not make you 100% secure.
Changing your IP address really does nothing. Chances are its in the same range as the other(ex: 18.104.22.168 changed to 22.214.171.124), and anyone decent in "hacking" could turn that against you, by simply hacking other sites you visit then getting that new IP. (note: I'm talking about worst case here, chances are the guy will give up long before he hacks a site to get your information....)
Hi, but can you please explain why I won't have 100% security from him, if I do what I said I was going to do? Isn't that equal with moving to another house in another country with a new computer? I never shared my real name, only my age and what state I live in. So there is no way for him to stalk me in real life from the info I provided.
Lets look at it this way. Since you compared it to "moving to another house", i'll use the same example.
Lets take your IP address is your address, you move changing your IP address. However, are you willing to give up the same routines? Sites you go to, sites you post on, your style of email addresses, passwords, etc.
Even if you move to the middle of the desert, hire armed security to patrol your house, and have no real "address" someone could still "get in". Imagine the armed security being virus protection and the person getting in being a hacker.
This is a crappy example, I know. But it should make the original point pretty clear: It's no way to be 100% secure, all you can do is do your best and hope that you don't get infected or hacked. After doing what you've said, I think you're ok
, but no one is going to tell you thats its a magic solution to be 100% secure on the internet - or any solution to be 100% secure(except maybe the marketing team for an anti virus company....).
Edited by NpaMA, 05 September 2010 - 02:10 PM.