Since first installation of Win10 on new Laptop with 8.1 Pre-installed, my computer has been infested with virus. I have had experts from Comodo and Microsoft to check and recheck, but the viruses reappears... At first I thought icrosoft had gone bananas in controlling my every move on my own laptop, denying access rights and general configuration trouble.
That's all I know this virus does... Every attempt to configure Windows and different accounts are made useless within days. All I can do on my machine is pretty much reboot, reinstall... One day my Microsoft account was cancelled three or four times. Adobe account denied access most of the time. I have no idea what the purpose of the virus is, but I has a lot in common with 'Blocking-Virus'. Except no ransom has appeared.
I am no virus expert and never hope to become one. But I have a nagging feeling this is connected to my first bad experience with virus. I never used antivirus except for checking now and then until my computer was hijacked for a week about a year ago. Even when I tried to enter BIOS I was stopped by whoever had taken control. For a week if I tried to start the machine, I was bombarded with silly reasons for why this was done. I had no interest whatsoever, but was alarmed by all the nonsense they had provided as some kind of ideology. Pages after pages stating that I was without hope and that I was very stupid not to stop the attack. I didn't spend a lot of time reading this. The only thing that struck me as odd, was that the writings were not half bad grammar and spelling wise. Then again, I did not analyze the texts.
This might be paranoia, but when with no further explanation I could suddenly start the computer. I used every antivirus I could find to get rid of the what I thought was planted. There was all kinds of virus on all computers at my home. Comodo was recommended and I liked that they have support 24/7 and that their so called 'GeekBuddies' use remote access. Once I had three shifts of GEEKS after another working what seemed to me solely on my computer. They all at some point argued that my laptop and different drives were virus free, but I could see from the screen that there was some essential part of their software that they could not configure as it was meant.
What to do next... I am very much fed up with rebooting and reinstalling. I have a background from journalism and photography naturally have some files, mostly photographs I guess, that I absolutely don't want to erase. I get bored reading technical stuff about virus, but would like to know if small and smart can a virus be. Are there examples of just a few numbers and bits added to for example a JPEG file? And if so, are they impossible tom detect if tailored for one infection. Because that's where I land in my paranoia, that some virus freak somewhere planted something and can activate it whenever I go online. My chief problem with this theory is why would anyone have interest in my files...
Well, after a night installing I got the message as the first time installing Windows 10 that Defender has been shut down blocked or whatever on this computer. That's a sure sign that next time I reboot, I might have to re-install...
Jo Arthur Andersen