I had exchanged my old laptop for this one unexpectedly when I gave my old laptop to a local computer fixer dude because it had died on me. I've always been a bit paranoid about spyware and such, but there are a couple things that really put me on the edge.
When I first got this computer, about 2-3 months ago, I went in to the "uninstall a program" window just to make sure there wasn't anything there I didn't need. I saw a program named "splashtop" on the list, searched it up, and found that it's a remote desktop program. Yeah... that's definitely not alarming. I went in to the task manager and tabbed over to processes, and sure enough splashtop was RUNNING. WTF. I immediately uninstalled the program and figured that was that.
Now about 20 minutes ago I went in to color calibration to see how it was set up and I get a message that says, "Display Color Calibration can't calibrate the selected display because it can't determine if the display is 'mirrored,' which means the desktop is duplicated and show on different displays. Display Color Calibration can't calibrate a display that's mirrored." This freaked me out. I have never used a second monitor/display with this laptop ever. It's not hooked up to anything. Why would it give me this message? I may be jumping to conclusions but I'm thinking it might be spyware.
There are some other strange instances like the fact that he straight up lied to me about putting my old hard drive plus a 1tb hard drive in to the tower he gave me. There's only one hard drive in there, and it's not my old one. He also logged in to my debit card account from an IP that is completely foreign to me (I had both my password and my security question saved with autofill like a dumbass) and he logged in to my origin account. Obviously I changed all of the log-in information for both.
Am I completely insane or does anyone else see the red flags? Am I right to be so worried about the fact that he has my old hard drive with a lot of personal information on it? What should I do to make sure I don't have anything malicious on my laptop? I apologize that this is long but I'm freaking out right now.
I'm running Windows 7 Professional.
Edited by cutekittycat, 11 October 2014 - 11:56 PM.