So yesterday I was talking to a girl I did not know on a messenger program. I accepted a file from them and opened it. Yes, I know this was stupid of me, trust me.
The file seemed like a basic .mp4 and played fine. But after, I tried to delete it and it said that it was still running and it wouldn't let me delete it. I ignored it as my comptuer is a bit old so sometimes it's not running that smoothly.
A few minutes later she asked me to click on a link beacuse she wanted to show me a picture. I again stupidly did so (I'm really not this stupid guys, just yesterday) and it came to a webpage with my name, old address, old phone number and pictures of me that aren't even online, online on my computer. It was a big site that just said that I had but put on some sort of "predator watch". I quickly tried to X out of it and it popped right back up. In hindsight I wish I would have sat and read the site as I'm sure I would have been able to tell if I was hacked or not. The only thing I remember seeing is the words "in 48 hours" before clicking out of it.
Now, I'm not a predator. But at the same time I don't want to be falsely accused of being one and actually being on some website whether its fake or not. I tried to find the website again but couldn't, but did find that there was a scam going on on Craigslist where guys would be set up as predators on Predatorwatch.com and unless they paid $99 there info would be there. But this had nothing to do with craigslist. I've searched my name and old information on a few search engines with nothing popping up.
I'm sure this was just some scam or elaborate trick, right? I'm not sure why I'm so nervous. I've never done anything wrong but obviously if you are accused of that sort of thing and it's on the internet that is not good. I ran my anti virus software and found 21 infected items including some trojans, one called backdoor.messa and multiple ones called "stolen data".
I'm not a computer wizard, but the file that I opened was entirely capable of being a program that would allow someone to steal my pictures (among other things) that are on my computer, correct?