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Is it safe to access my bank account after malware infection?
March 24, 2011 12:55 PM   Subscribe

Is my password safe after a "System Tool" malware infection? Can malware (system tool) use a proxy or key logger or otherwise detect bank account passwords accessed with the (hopefully previously) infected computer. How can one be sure the infection is totally removed? xp fully updated, avg free, scanned and cleaned following these instructions
posted by flummox to Technology (3 answers total)
 
You can never be 100% sure, sorry. Reinstalling is the only truly secure way.

You're probably ok though.
posted by unixrat at 1:05 PM on March 24, 2011


Yes, malware can steal passwords. Go to a different computer and change your passwords. Use deezil's notes, which are excellent, and updated.
posted by theora55 at 2:46 PM on March 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

after a windows PC that had a malware problem was supposedly "cleaned", I would never put any valuable password into it before completely wiping the drive and reinstalling. not a good idea!
posted by thewalrus at 10:00 PM on March 24, 2011


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