Ok, I was on the internet on my Samsung Galaxy 4 Note when I got a pop-up message on my phone browser to connect to a site for a free phone. Of course, I never clicked on any links, but I usually do my duty by reporting any scams/phishing whenever I encounter them. So, doing a little sleuthing - I took a screenshot of the webpage on my phone and went to my laptop and did a security check of the web address link via an online "safe website check" site where you type the link and do a search. Nothing on the site seemed to come up. But that's when things got strange.
My laptop locks up and I can't do anything so I power down and perform a cold restart. When it reboots, I do a scan using malwarebytes and spybot and find nothing. Then I did a quick search for files modified at the time of the lockup and I find that an old Norton Studio app created a windows report for hanging up: SymantecCorporation.NortonStudio_126.96.36.199_x86__v68kp9n051hdp. I had uninstalled the Norton software in 2014 when the laptop was new. There also appears to be a bunch of files and logs modified in C:\ProgramData associated with NVIDIA (nvstapisvr.log - which is now continuously logging), NordVPN, and AVG (Grimefighter2, and .dat files for malware and antivirus).
I want to make sure that I wasn't hit by some malware/virus!
Cheers and thanks,