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Windows 7: Have i been hacked?


16 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Have i been hacked?

first of all hello to everyone..
i had a problem that made me a little bit to concern..

suddenly without making anything in my pc...the windows taskbar change color and from transparent went to blue...after some minutes there was again a change and everything went back to normal..

have i been hacked? please help me..

thanks in advanced

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16 Jul 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Woot, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like your Windows 7 may have been running WEI to update it's score.

To help make sure your system is clean, it wouldn't hurt to run a thorough scan of your system with Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper at boot.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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16 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thanks brink for your answer..it seems to be wei but how can be possible to start from it's own and not by me?
i'll try sweeper also but i have already performed a full scan with my antivirus and everything seems alright..

anyway thanks for your answer again mate..
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16 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

WEI can update on its own when the machine is idle.
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16 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yep maybe all this mess was from wei..pff
and it's much more logical cause if someone had hacked my pc why to change only the color of the taskbar? that seems a non sense action..

anyway great forum mates i loved the quick response of my question..
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16 Jul 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You are welcome. A virus wouldn't just change colors, but could be a symptom of one. I think you are safe.
I have links in my sig for other security if you'd like to download and use them as back ups.
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16 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thanks mates for your good answers..
i'll try not to be panic next time..
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16 Jul 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. It's always best to ask than to be sorry.
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17 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

It's more likely that some process that ran on your system for those few seconds was not compatible with Aero. Windows 7 will automatically stop and restart it while certain other things run. For example, I play Second Life, and whenever a video plays inside the game Aero shuts down. When the video ends, Aero comes back on.
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17 Jul 2011   #10

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Woot, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like your Windows 7 may have been running WEI to update it's score.

To help make sure your system is clean, it wouldn't hurt to run a thorough scan of your system with Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper at boot.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

Hi there
Great tool

remember also that when using it on a VM (Yes VM's can get infected as well !!) you can set the Virtual BIOS to boot from specific ISO IMAGES on an internal drive so you don't need to actually boot from a physical USB or DVD/CD.

I'm also hoping that future REAL BIOSES will allow booting from specific ISO images on an installed disk for the REAL machine -- although there is an inherent risk (albeit a tiny one) that the ISO itself could get infected !!.

The problem with booting from USB's etc is that when you are on the move you need as many USB sticks as you used to have with CD's -- such as Windows 7 recovery, Windows 7 install, Partition manager, backup / restore and zillions of other tools.

Cheers
jimbo
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