I'm hacked I think

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    I'm hacked I think


    Next to the time in my taskbar is the word hacked. I am a novice and don't know where to start to find out how this got there. It was appearing every now and then , but is now there all the time. I'm assuming I should be concerned about this. I ran SuperAntispyware and found nothing.
    I ran "Wise registry cleaner" and did a full scan with my Avast virus program. Nothing seems to help. I am running Windows 10 Home Version 10.0.18362 Build 18362 on a Dell laptop. I connect by
    secured WIFI in my home and run the Avast firewall. I'm stuck. Thanks to anyone who could help. If you need more info let me know.
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  2. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    Hi,
    Win-10 is impossible to hack I've read with the awesome windows defender features so that is fake news.
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    Press the Windows and "R" keys simultaneously, type "CONTROL TIMEDATE.CPL" into the "Run" box and click "OK". When the time/date applet starts, click "Change date and time", "Change calendar settings", click on the "Time" tab, click "Reset" and confirm the change.

    Ben
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    odetowatch13 said: View Post
    Next to the time in my taskbar is the word hacked. I am a novice and don't know where to start to find out how this got there. It was appearing every now and then , but is now there all the time. I'm assuming I should be concerned about this. I ran SuperAntispyware and found nothing.

    Welcome to TenForums odetowatch13


    Do you have 'friends' who had access to this PC and are fond of practical jokes? It's easy to edit the registry and replace the AM or PM text that should be shown there with any text you want. Here I have 'hacked' my own PC


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    This of course isn't anything that any AV would see as an infection, so if this is the case it would be difficult to find. The relevant key to look at is:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International

    The AM and PM text strings are held in s1159 and s2359. If this was a 'joke' someone played on you, then you can easily change the text back to AM/PM using Regedit.

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  5. Compumind's Avatar
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    ThrashZone said: View Post
    Hi, Win-10 is impossible to hack I've read with the awesome windows defender features so that is fake news.
    I beg to differ on that point, lol.

    Looks like a practical joke, though.

    Nevertheless, I would run the latest version of MBAM just to see.
    Ensure that "Check for Rootkits" is checked before running a comprehensive scan.

    FWIW.
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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    Compumind said: View Post
    Looks like a practical joke, though.
    Nevertheless, I would run the latest version of MBAM just to see.
    Ensure that "Check for Rootkits" is checked before running a comprehensive scan.
    Yes, a practical joke looks the most likely explanation, but a full check is always worthwhile, just in case it isn't.


    The worrying thing is what (if any) other 'jokes' may have been perpetrated.

    I'd recommend changing the account password, and if that doesn't stop it - then change your 'friends'
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  7. Compumind's Avatar
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    Bree said: View Post
    Yes, a practical joke looks the most likely explanation, but a full check is always worthwhile, just in case it isn't.
    You cannot just depend on WD. Security must be implemented in layers. Who knows if the system has been previously compromised.
    Worst case - a full wipe and reload, with MBAM and a couple of other security tools.

    Strictly, IMHO.
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    If more of these "jokes" show up, suggest an In-Place Repair to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

    You won't lose anything, except the "gotchas".

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  9. bro67's Avatar
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    Bree said: View Post
    Yes, a practical joke looks the most likely explanation, but a full check is always worthwhile, just in case it isn't.


    The worrying thing is what (if any) other 'jokes' may have been perpetrated.

    I'd recommend changing the account password, and if that doesn't stop it - then change your 'friends'
    But passwords are so Windows XP. You can even change that in Regional settings. You have to love some of the pranks out there. RJLPranks.com

    Here is the prank that was used. Stupid Geek Tricks: Show Your Name In the System Clock
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  10. Compumind's Avatar
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    f14tomcat said: View Post
    If more of these "jokes" show up, suggest an In-Place Repair to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
    You won't lose anything, except the "gotchas".
    Dick - If it's some type of malware that can't be completely cleaned, I wouldn't recommend it.

    Malware can hide in many places that the In-place might not overwrite.

    FWIW.
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