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A few days ago, I clicked on a website link when I was browsing an article on slate.com, and it opened the link to what I had clicked on but I think that linked site also opened up a new window "WARNING VIRUS CHECK MICROSOFT" and also had an alarm bell sounding.
This was the new window / pop up link
kt9267 com or paid.outbrain com one of them may have triggered it I think thator thats where it came from after clicking a link from a site. Anyway, the link had a number to call but I didn't call it. I also had no dramas closing the new pop up window. I did not need to use task manager to close it.
However, later on couple of hours later, I was on okcupid and the browser redirected and or pop up a few times to
Claiming to be a woolworths[supermarket] $500 gift card.
Had no dramas closing that either.
I did a search, and I think okcupid does use scripts for some of their ads, I have had redirects when using it on my mobile ages ago way before just a few days ago.... some of the okcupid forums also talk about having redirects in their browser, so this could be just a co incidence for me.
Before the okcupid redirect, I ran Malwarebytes, found nothing. Ran Adware cleaner, found nothing. Ran Junkware Removal Tool, found nothing. Ran Hitman pro x64 and it found nothing I didn't know about[beta build of a game installer] other than tracking cookies. When I was using okcupid a second time that night, after Malwarebytes, it did redirect again and Malware caught it a few times. But last few days, zero redirects. Okcupid could be a coincidence. No pop ups or redirects on any other sites either.
Just checked history for kt9267 and there is something there for 3 days before the slate.com link click, which I am assuming the pop up or whatever from there was just a normal ad and I closed it no dramas.
So, my thoughts are that, I might have gotten lucky as I've searched and others with that similar s3-ap amazonaws com may have gotten infected, perhaps mine was just a pop up. But in case, I haven't done any online sensitive log ins.
If necessary, I'm happy to use DBAN to wipe the SSD and just do a new install. That would guarantee things and also save time. My question I guess, is I have a usb plugged into the usb drive, I scanned that with Malwayrebytes and found nothing, but I can't scan it with anything other programs I've mentioned so far and me being paranoid or thinking of every possible way, could something have gotten in there as well? eg keyloggers or something. I also might have had my phone plugged into another usb port, but I can't scan it as it doesn't show up as a "drive". I don't use my phone much for internet, and it hasn't done anything weird.
Again, could be mountain out of molehill here lol.
I don't run anti virus, just windows firewall and an secondary router firewall. I am thinking of running an antirus in future, used to a year ago but anyway.