Last night i my mouse/screen froze up suddenly for about 5 seconds randomly and then i noticed my internet seemed a bit slower.
Call me paranoid but for some reason i started worrying about a hacker, did some research and now i am petrified.
I'm running Windows 7 and i did scans with Malware Bytes, Super Anti Spyware and boot time scan with Avast which all showed clean.
After i restarted my router/computer things returned to normal. I have Windows firewall running and i am behind a router.
The reason i am concerned is that i hadn't patched my Windows 7 OS security updates in ages (have done so now), and i know hackers can exploit these.
My question is, would a hacker hack my PC directly and is it possible to view my files remotely without installing malware or a RAT?
In other words, what are the chances someone had exploited my PC, took my files but after i restarted they were gone because there was no RAT installed?
Please forgive me if this is a dumb question..