This laptop is running Win 8.1 with all updates. As I make 'hidden files/folders' visible in the file-explorer 'view' option box, I see a lot of files/folders which seem dubious. Most probably a MBR-level hacking has taken place, but cannot be sure. The machine is not showing any problem so far - only the wireless modem is not responding. I have submitted the modem to ZTE service-centre, and it'll be at least 7 days to hear from them if the modem is OK or not. Meanwhile, I am searching for an option to have someone take a look at the suspected files (screen-print) and tell me if this is normal for Windows 8.1 system drive - or the MBR is indeed hacked.
The reason to suspect hacking is - on 3 Aug 2015, while downloading some files with utorrent, I was away while the system developed some major problem as reported by the wife (who is a computer novice). Later, I found McAfee was turned off including the firewall, and the HP 'Support Assistant' was showing a long list of critical-update requirements including the BIOS. Later (after a few restarts perhaps) those warning vanished from the list. Everything was working fine so I wasn't too concerned, but I restricted use of the laptop. After 2 idle days, I happen to check the file-explorer for hidden files, and noticed the dubious files/folders. When I got the new laptop 8 months ago, I think I had checked and those hidden-files were not present at that time - however, I am not 100% sure about this. Now, I am seeing 2 folders - "Recycle.bin" and "System Volume Information" - appeared in all 3 partitions of this laptop (C - OS, D - recovery, F - data). And the RAM shows as 3.9 GB instead of 4 GB. There are many more files visible on C (root).
THE STATUS OF THE C DRIVE IS ATTACHED ~ DOES IT LOOK HACKED? WHAT'RE ALL THESE FILES? ANYONE?
Edited by Queen-Evie, 07 September 2015 - 10:24 AM.
moved from Windows 8 to General Security since the discussion has turned toward security