First time posting here after a long while (3 years). I lost my old account since, and haven't had any malware problems. Glad to see that the funding issue went well.
Anyway, back to topic. I've been suspicious of my pc for a while now; it's been chugging for no good reason for a while now, most notably firefox. So I looked around my files and I saw that I had a whopping 9000 duplicates of my prefs.js; after consulting the internet I found out that it could be because of the original prefs.js not being writable. That wasn't the case however..
After deleting the duplicates, suddenly my After Effects shortcut disappeared. I would just shrug it off but I didn't do anything to change that. Then when I ran the .exe itself, it just opened a command prompt and that was it.
My internet has been kind of sluggish as well.
I'm ruling out paranoia here, but I'm also experiencing hard resets during heavy loads, and I have trouble rendering things on a 24gb ram pc with a GTX970. Currently looking to just upgrade if it's hardware problems, but I wanna rule out malware first. I've done an MBAM scan as well as an Adwcleaner scan; then I also ran hitmanpro. Nothing. Avast is all green as well recently.
Can anyone help me rule out if this is unrelated to malware?