I have been looking this up for quite some time but figured I would ask for help now.
I did a dumb thing and torrented something, opened the .exe file (WHY AM I SO DUMB), and my computer has never been the same.
This was a brand new Dell Inspirion 15 5000 with Windows 10.
My computer was pretty slow, and still is -- more than a few tabs open makes it bog down, whereas I had no issue before with mutliple programs up, etc. It's not devastating, but the slowness I experience is obviously enough to make me seek help.
The big indicator of something wrong is when I ctlr+alt+delete, a window flashes, in the exact aesthetic of Windows 10, that says "PREPARING SECURITY OPTIONS". This was not here before, and many people say it is a virus or some such.
I tried Anti-Malwarebytes and CCleaner (my 2 favorites) but they came up with nothing. (So - not malware?)
No issue, it was a new computer, few days old, so I did a clean install.
Still affecting me.
I looked at forums, even this one, and many people with the issue try virus-removal program after virus-removal program to no luck. I just want to ask if anyone has any starting points here, or any updates on this issue.
I miss my fast computer! (even just normal speed!?)