I was browsing the internet last night using Google Chrome browser and suddenly I see a message at the bottom of my screen showing a download progress bar thingy and before I could do anything a file called "fl_setup.exe" had downloaded onto my computer.
I don't know exactly how/why it happened, but I believe I accidentally clicked some ad somewhere and it redirected me to a malicious page.
I had about six to seven Chrome browser windows open as I was using the website Rate My Professors - Review Teachers and Professors, School Reviews, College Campus Ratings
to check out which professors I might want to avoid next term and I noticed after that suspicious file downloaded that one of the Rate My Professors pages had disappeared and in its place was a weird page with a very weird web address (something something.info ...I've never seen a ".info" web URL before). And even more suspicious was the the content on that page said that it was an automatic Flash Player update and that my computer was vulnerable, because I didn't have this key update. I exited that page by clicking the X at the top right corner of my Chrome ....but not before that weird filed downloaded.
The suspicious file that downloaded was titled "fl_setup.exe" so I thought well ...maybe it really is from Flash. The "fl" in the title looked possibly related. But I Virus Total checked it just in case (thanks to you guys here I use it all the time now!!
) and it came back with LOTS of red warnings.
19/53 were bad.
It also says:
The file being studied is a Portable Executable file! More specifically, it is a Win32 EXE file for the Windows GUI subsystem.
There's lots more technical jargon and info that can be found on this file at Virus Total, but the point is that I've got it!!
I didn't know what to do, so I went to my "Downloads" folder and deleted that file from my computer before sleeping last night.
Would I be safe if I never clicked on that file? Is it a type of file that only activates and causes damage if I open it first? Or, could I still be infected and vulnerable even having never clicked/opened that file myself on my computer?
Thanks to every for your help!! I really want to get rid of this thing fully
and be safe
(p.s. My Norton anti-virus oddly said the file was "safe."
Thank goodness I Virus Total'd it as well.)