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Post by blittle2 on 13th May 2013, 5:27 am

Strange thing tonight. I let my 12 y/o work on her science paper using my laptop. Libreoffice and Firefox was opened. Now this is the Windows XP partition, I normally use the Ubuntu partition for me and figured that if anything, the Windows partion would get hosed and I wouldn't care; just reinstall it.
I get a call to the look at the laptop by my daughter only to see adult material playing like a slideshow on my desktop. trying to get her away from the screen and get info, she says she wanted to take a break and go to facebook. She noticed Ithere were ads on her facebook which she never saw. I never saw them either because on the rare occasion I use the Windows partition I use Chrome and it has adblocker as a plugin.

I restart the laptop into Ubuntu and to see any new files that landed on the computer less that ten minutes when all this happened and in the DELL folder where the actual porn pics and a wakeup.exe file. I knew I never used anything like that in that folder so I delete everything in the folder. I then noticed that my third partition, a Fat32 drive I use to store written documents and .Mp3s are totally missing! Then I noticed my daughter's science paper which she saved to the desktop is gone yet the desktop shortcuts remain!!

I've downloaded mbam to see if this will help unless the PC was hijacked, and I noticed firewall was down, there is it possible that a virus or malware could hide these files? Even viewing the drives from a non-Windows OS show no signs of hidden files even with unhide files selected. This is really strange. I'd like to know if anyone else has encountered this. I did a search on 'missing files' but that seemed to general a search.

Laptop: Inspiron 1501e
Windows XP 32-bit
Thanks in advance.


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Post by Superdave on 13th May 2013, 6:15 pm

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