I did or did not download some software illegally recently, and before finding a working crack I accidentally opened a .exe including what I now believe is a serious virus.
A couple weeks after the download my Google account gets compromised. Google informs me instantly and I change password and set up 2 factor verification. However, regardless of this, two very expensive purchases are made from my Google account only a few days later ($500+). This is when my worrying gets bad. I presume someone has been able to track the password change, a trojan? and decide to change my password again but via my phone. Multiple antivurses are unable to find anything on the computer so I go for the full reboot.
My computer now completely rebooted, not yet connected to the internet, I begin setting it up. It comes with McAfee installed so I figure – what the heck, why not run it to confirm the virus is gone? As is a common bug, McAfee says ‘real time scanning’ is off. As soon as I turn it on, it automatically gets turned off. Bounces back immediately, again and again. I decide to uninstall McAfee, being McAfee and all and head over to Windows defender. I run the ‘Microsoft Defender Offline scan’ and the computer shuts off. When it comes back on the scan goes unmentioned. I try to run a normal full scan but the ‘scan now’ button is not working, the same goes regardless of scan type.
Any ideas why this could be and how to move forward? A powerful person has a vendetta against me and I’m worried this is his devilish working… But the illegal software situation seems more plausible, so let’s start there.