Tonight I made a stupid decision and visited some sketch website on Firefox on my desktop computer with Windows XP...then Firefox closed and I got all these messages from XP Total Security saying that I had trojans. When I tried to open Firefox, it would open IE but it would again tell me that my computer was infected and I could not go to any website. I freaked out and started deleting sketchy looking files in my C drive.
After a few google searches on my laptop, I decided to unplug my ethernet cord, open the task manager and I killed some process (wasn't paying attention to the name). Now I can actually do stuff on my desktop computer like open Firefox; it's still not connected to the internet but I know the browser opens and it's not IE. Right now I am running my antivirus software and so far it has gotten rid of ave.exe, MSASCui.exe, vma.exe, and it's still scanning.
What can I do now? Will my antivirus software (Symantec) take care of everything? Is there other stuff I should do?
And what could the malware have done? I have read that trojans can steal your information but I don't quite understand what information it could get and how it could get it. Is there anything I can do now to protect such information? I have changed most of my passwords but I don't understand how much I need to change. For example, if I have an online account where I can view information about some loans but I cannot remember the last time I logged on--must have been at least 6 months ago, would that information be at risk/should I change my password for things like that too?
Thanks for any help and advice you could offer me!
Edited by aguaje, 27 April 2010 - 02:43 AM.