April 12, 2021

I think the guy that I got to install Windows 10 2 years ago put some sort of malware on it because he seemed sort of sketchy, would something of mine have already have been stolen by the malware, or would any of it left over lay dormant for that long?

The title is fairly self-explanatory. Nothing seems to have been stolen, and I often used passwords without 2FA until somewhat recently, though nothing’s been taken. Would the malware be waiting to do something/steal something or am I in the clear? ESET doesn’t detect anything, and none of the other scanners I’ve used (Housecall, some MacAfee utilities, Sophos Virus Removal Tool, TDSSkiller, Malwarebytes, etc) have found anything either.



It is most likely a safe computer but if you really want to make sure that it is clean, create a bootable USB stick via Media Creation Tool in another PC, then delete & format all of your drives and install Windows 10 with that stick.

As a general security practice, apply 2FA and security keys wherever you can, and use a password manager like 1Password or Bitwarden.


Check the exceptions list on your antivirus to start with. If theres anything on there that looks out of place, remove all the exceptions and run a full scan.

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