When checking email late last night, I oh-so-idiotically clicked an attachment link in an email from "Hallmark". I am paranoid on a cellular level so not sure why this time I fell for it other than maybe the virus first spreads transdermally via the finger/keyboard route rendering you instantly
enough to click the link. Upon clicking, WinRAR opened followed by a warning box asking if this was a trusted file as it could harm my computer, etc. I clicked cancel at that point and heeded the unsettling tummy tingles and got to googling. Well, google coughed up a zillion or so warnings about the Hallmark e-card scam. Apparently I am the only one left on the planet who doesn't know about this. Ugh.
I immediately downloaded Housecall and scanned like three times. Nothing came up. I ran a windows defender scan several times and nothing came up. I attempted the total virus online scan but couldn't figure out how to upload the file as I'm unsure at this point if I "executed" it. Forgive my stupidity but I'm not sure if I infected it by clicking the link or if I would have had to extract the file from WinRAR...which I did not. (I don't think) It's still sitting there in a download folder, listed twice as "postcard.zip" and underneath it reads "failed-cox.net".
I am using mozilla firefox. My system is not running slower but I do notice that it's been "clicking" pretty consistently since last night which I read could be a sign of something running in the background. But, it's done that before so I dunno. Several sites/articles discussed suspicious .exe files in windows task manager and there seems to be ALOT of them running right now.
Phew. Ok. Can someone tell me how to tell if I actually infected my computer and if so how to fix it and if I didn't how to delete the file(s) without causing harm. I did download "Hijack this" after finding this forum but didn't do anything with it because it was made clear that was a no no toy by yourself and I can't find where it went anyway. Any help would be appreciated because well, I think it goes without saying that I'm computer illiterate.
Thank you in advance!