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Email received containing my old password

Discussion in 'Is my Computer infected?' started by Sheepdisease, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. Sheepdisease

    Sheepdisease Junior Member

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    I have received an email containing my old password from a third party and think this is a result of a breach on a website that I was registered on. However, I cannot be sure and it is unclear how they associated the email address with the password because the email address from which I received the email is not often supplies online to access websites.

    I have Comodo Internet Security 2018 installed and scans show nothing. How can I be sure that there is nothing malicious on my machine? I have run a number of other free scanning utilities and none of them are showing anything but I still feel uneasy.
     
  2. plodr

    plodr CHF Advisor CHF Advisers

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    Go to the website (don't click any links, type in the address) log in with the password that was sent. Then go through your profile and CHANGE the password. Write it down so you remember what the new password is.
    Also don't reuse passwords or use the same password at more than one site.

    When I get notices about passwords hacked, I go to the site, log in and change my password. To the best of my knowledge, no one has logged in pretending to be me and since all my passwords are different, knowing just one would not help get into any other site.
     
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  3. Sheepdisease

    Sheepdisease Junior Member

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    Thanks for your reply. To be honest I don't know the source and I have changed any of my passwords, I just want to know for sure that it is a bluff and there genuinely isn't anything malicious on my machine.
     
  4. plodr

    plodr CHF Advisor CHF Advisers

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    As long as you don't click links in emails that might lead you to bogus sites, you should not be infected.

    Whenever I want to be sure I'm clean, I scan with malwarebytes (outside the normal once a week scan) and MS Security Essentials (outside the 2 week normal scan).

    You can also scan with another program online.
    I've used this in the past.
    https://www.eset.com/int/home/products/online-scanner/

    You could try this
    https://www.kaspersky.com/free-virus-scan
    or this
    https://www.trendmicro.com/en_us/forHome/products/housecall.html

    for a 2nd opinion.
     
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  5. Rustys

    Rustys Super-Moderator Super Moderators

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    You do what @plodr suggested and/or have the security/malware team here assist you in checking your system.
     
  6. Tony D

    Tony D Super-Moderator Super Moderators

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  7. Seth Anthony

    Seth Anthony Registered Members

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    Ya, it's a scam similar to this:



    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/07/sextortion-scam-uses-recipients-hacked-passwords/
     

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