Hi there. I downloaded a standalone mod on ModDB based on the STALKER franchise, titled Last Day ( http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-last-day/downloads/last-day-english-translation ). Sometime in late December, or early January. As of about a week and a half ago, my computer burned out. I'm not sure what specifically was the issue, the processor and motherboard were in pretty poor condition after a lot of use. But my friend also had the same issue, with his computer dying in nearly the exact same way.
Being unbelievably paranoid, I decided to dig deeper, and learned that the mod manager provided in the addon pack for the mod ( http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-last-day/downloads/last-day-13-addon-pack , specifically the JSGME executable ) may or may not contain a bitcoin miner. I'm very conscious about the security of my computer, and I feel like I never really noticed any of the telltale signs of a miner on my computer, nor did my anti-virus have an issue when I decided to use the addon pack, which was around late January. That, and, I know a few other people who also used the mod and they don't seem to be having any issues.
So, basically, I'm trying to determine if this was all mere coincidence, or if there was something more sinister at work, but despite my usual caution, I'm miserable with actually knowing anything of use other than badware prevention, so I'm not sure if I actually am infected. Hence, I'm asking the experts.
https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/eaeaf23efd206d93e6eb3693df51d0dfdd30e47c17d3763d36d79d96c2fdef2f I ran the file in question through virustotal, and while it says that it's fine, my suspicion falls on one of the behaviors the executable exhibits, specifically this bit
Process and service actions
- C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\EB93A6\996E.exe"
Googling '996E.exe' gives a few results, all of which reference malware, ransomware, and is even on a forum about cryptocurrency. At this point, I really need to know if I'm just working myself up or if I need to scrub my harddrive when my new computer arrives.
Thanks for reading my wall of text, and I appreciate any help in advance.
Edited by BigYikes, 05 February 2018 - 04:16 PM.