Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-19-2015, 10:38 AM   #31
Senior Member
 
tmmar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Long Island (Nassau County), NY
Posts: 4,258
I just found out that my wireless router didn't have the encryption turned on and I was running on an open network. I run superantispyware and malware bytes every night and I normally doesn't find anything. I am worried that maybe someone saw that my network was open and installed something malicious on my machine. Is there anything that will root out a trojan or other malicious software (like key tracking)?
Would resetting the machine back to factory settings (like it was a brand new machine just out of the factory) remove anything malicious?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
__________________

__________________
Tom and Margaret
2014 Berkshire 390bh-60

tmmar is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2015, 11:16 AM   #32
Moderator Emeritus
 
ColoradoRick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 953
Was it password protected with a good password? (At least 8 characters including numbers, capital letters, and special character?) If so, you're probably okay.

A few tips for security a wifi router:

-Never use the default name (SSID)...like Linksys or Cisco...that just helps hackers with knowing how to attack it...rename it something else that you make up.

-Always change the default password that comes preset with one that's at least 8 chars (see above) I like pass phrases that a dictionary attack wouldn't be able to find...like an animal name and it's age, "MyDogSp0tis8!"

-In the encryption, always use WPA2 if it's available...(WEP is the worst) If no WPA2, anything other than WEP is best. (Most don't even have WEP anymore.)

If you're worried about something already being on there, just make sure you're antivirus is updated and then run a FULL check on your system. (My favorite is Norton antivirus.) That should find anything malicious that is on there.
__________________

__________________
Rick & Karen
(Retired USAF, MSgt)
Monument, Colorado
6-year Travel Trailer RVers
2013 Forest River Rockwood Ultra-Lite 2904SS
2014 Toyota Tundra Maxcrew SR-5 TRD 4x4 (with Firestone airbags in the rear)
ColoradoRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2015, 11:36 AM   #33
Senior Member
 
DK-in-SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Tega Cay, SC
Posts: 522
Quote:
Originally Posted by tmmar View Post
I just found out that my wireless router didn't have the encryption turned on and I was running on an open network. I run superantispyware and malware bytes every night and I normally doesn't find anything. I am worried that maybe someone saw that my network was open and installed something malicious on my machine. Is there anything that will root out a trojan or other malicious software (like key tracking)?
Would resetting the machine back to factory settings (like it was a brand new machine just out of the factory) remove anything malicious?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
ColoradoRick's suggestions are excellent. I'd add that by running on an unencrypted wifi network, the bigger concern is that whatever you were doing online was "visible" to someone within range of your wifi signal. There are programs that can capture the data packets between your laptop and wifi router, and if you had logged into sites with a password, or entered your credit card info, there is the potential that someone could have captured that info. If you are concerned, the safest thing would be to get yourself on a secure network by enabling the encryption, and then changing passwords for any sites you've accessed such as email, banks, online shopping, etc.
__________________
I live with fear every day, and sometimes she lets me go fishing.

2015 Shamrock 23IKSS
2008 Ford Expedition EL
DH-DW-D3K-DMTTSAP
DK-in-SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2015, 11:36 AM   #34
Senior Member
 
B and B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wilmot Twp, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 8,602
That sounds like a good start Tmmar.
__________________
B and B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2015, 01:14 PM   #35
Senior Member
 
tmmar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Long Island (Nassau County), NY
Posts: 4,258
I am on a secured network, it just seems that the security got turned off somehow. It was set to WPA2 and now I reset it and it is again WPA2. I just changed my passwords. Ran malwarebytes and superantispyware and nothing came up. I am currently running mcafee and will be going to Kapersky soon. Don't know what else I can do to protect myself. Hopefully this will take care of any holes in the system.
__________________
Tom and Margaret
2014 Berkshire 390bh-60

tmmar is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2015, 01:31 PM   #36
Senior Member
 
B and B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wilmot Twp, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 8,602
Maybe call Dell, might be a hardware failure causing low speeds.
__________________
B and B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2015, 01:33 PM   #37
Moderator Emeritus
 
ColoradoRick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 953
Quote:
Originally Posted by tmmar View Post
I am on a secured network, it just seems that the security got turned off somehow. It was set to WPA2 and now I reset it and it is again WPA2. I just changed my passwords. Ran malwarebytes and superantispyware and nothing came up. I am currently running mcafee and will be going to Kapersky soon. Don't know what else I can do to protect myself. Hopefully this will take care of any holes in the system.

You should be fine, now. And, if it were me, I wouldn't change all my passwords on financial sites I've visited because they all use https (port 443) which is encrypted on the banking end and decrypted on your computer...so sniffers can't get any of the data, even on an unencrypted WIFI.

But it is a good practice to change your passwords at least every six months...on everything. (I change them all every 90 days.)
__________________
Rick & Karen
(Retired USAF, MSgt)
Monument, Colorado
6-year Travel Trailer RVers
2013 Forest River Rockwood Ultra-Lite 2904SS
2014 Toyota Tundra Maxcrew SR-5 TRD 4x4 (with Firestone airbags in the rear)
ColoradoRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2015, 01:37 PM   #38
Senior Member
 
DK-in-SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Tega Cay, SC
Posts: 522
I think you've done a good job with what you've already done. Be sure not to have two antivirus programs loaded and running at the same time. They will fight with each other. Having several malware/spyware scanning programs is fine.
The majority of problems people have with picking up viruses and malware are self-inflicted - opening infected email attachments, clicking on poisoned links, getting tricked by clicking on fake pop up messages (your hard drive has problems, click here to fix), and things like that. The chances of someone at a campground hopping on your unencrypted wifi router, and then pushing malware to your system is very, very, very slim. The risk there is more as I said previously - someone could snoop on what you're doing when running unencrypted.
__________________
I live with fear every day, and sometimes she lets me go fishing.

2015 Shamrock 23IKSS
2008 Ford Expedition EL
DH-DW-D3K-DMTTSAP
DK-in-SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2015, 02:34 PM   #39
Senior Member
 
tmmar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Long Island (Nassau County), NY
Posts: 4,258
DK,
when I am doing anything financial at a campground I use my mifi. If I am just looking at emails I may use the campground wifi.
Tom
__________________

__________________
Tom and Margaret
2014 Berkshire 390bh-60

tmmar is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:14 PM.