Can a virus steal your passwords?

Can a virus steal your passwords?

Postby March-Hare » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:17 pm

Hi Everyone

About an hour ago my computer has been infected by a virus. The virus installed itself in the background while I was browsing the web with Avant Browser. I store my autofills locally.
Is it possible that my autofills have been stolen?
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Re: Can a virus steal your passwords?

Post Reply #1 by AXEMAN » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:34 pm

March-Hare wrote:Hi Everyone

About an hour ago my computer has been infected by a virus. The virus installed itself in the background while I was browsing the web with Avant Browser. I store my autofills locally.
Is it possible that my autofills have been stolen?

what was the virus called it can corrupt things like that if u think the virus took or coppied the best thing to do is change all your passwords.myself as i put the new password on a sheet of papper write the site and password then you will always have them. every virus does it's thing so i would say it sure can steall them.hope this helps you. :)
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Re: Can a virus steal your passwords?

Post Reply #2 by March-Hare » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:54 pm

It was one of these scareware things, that keep telling you that you have a virus.
I have already called my bank and blocked my card.
I keep my passwords encrypted in onenote, just recently decided that I am too lazy to copy-paste every time I want to use one, so I put them in AvanB.
I am in the middle of decrypting my hard drive (true crypt), then I’ll copy my data using ubuntu and restore my windows.
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Re: Can a virus steal your passwords?

Post Reply #3 by darth » Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:07 pm

I'm sure you will do a antimalware scan.

If I may, do a rootkit scan also.

I recomend the free utility Avenger. It has removed a rootkit from my machine sometime ago.

It was a scareware notice telling me I had malware on my machine, the only malware on my machine. was it.
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Re: Can a virus steal your passwords?

Post Reply #4 by André » Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:15 pm

The passwords that Avant stores are encrypted. In theory, they could have been stolen but they would be useless.
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