Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:42 PM
Hi everyone. I'm not sure if this is the right forum to ask this question in, but I'm running out of options, and no one seems to have a good answer in any of my other haunts. Sorry if it's considered off topic!
Recently I've been asking for help with a program I use frequently, and asking for this help on the developer's official forums. This morning when I went to check the thread, there was a very peculiar post added to the discussion. It said something like 'for detailed answer to question click here', along with a bunch of nonsense HTML code that was out in raw format. I didn't click the link at all, since I was suspicious. Hovering the mouse over the link revealed that it was pointing toward something like "file:///C:/Documents/Blahblahblah", which I've never seen before. The second link in the text, when I hovered over it, redirected back to the post in question on the developer's forums.
By viewing the page with this post on it, did I unwittingly compromise my computer? I know that everyone says that you have to download and run programs for them to infect your machine, but sometimes I read news stories and hear other people say that just visiting a webpage can infect your computer - or that malicious nasties can be 'injected' into a page that you would normally consider safe. I'm going to be running a full scan with MalwareBytes AntiMalware and NOD32 (NOD is always updated and running) as soon as I can, and I have the UAC turned up to the highest level in Windows 7, but this is all reactive rather than preventative.
Can anyone please advise as to the risk involved with viewing forums, and how easy it is to get infected from trusted pages? Again, I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but I'm not entirely sure where else to ask. Thanks!