I believe that my PC security might possibly have been compromised or may even be at risk.
To begin with I am using Vista Home, and my current security products include Avast Home, PC Tools Firewall Plus, Spyware Doctor, Windows Defender, Spyware Blaster, and for an on demand scanners I use Malwarebytes Anti-malware and A-Squared Free, as well as Hi-jackThis.
I also use Firefox with NoScript, Ad-Block Plus, World of Trust (WOT), and KeyScrambler.
Last night admittedly for a few minutes I was doing some unsafe surfing, and followed a link which was marked by WOT as red “very poor”. Once on the site I decided in all stupidity to allow access by no script so I could view the content on the web page. It was not very long before I knew it was a big mistake entering the site, and I closed the browser, opened it back up and continued to use the internet.
Approximately 5 minutes later a BSOD appeared on my screen and the computer rebooted itself. Once I was back on, PC Tools Firewall Plus informed me with a message along the lines of “Firewall fire has been tampered with by an outside entity, it has been restored for your protection. You are adviced to scan your system with anti-spyware software.” (Not exact words sorry)
I began to scan and was again hit with the dreaded BSOD, and again the same message appeared from the firewall.
Eventually I was able to run all scanners one after another a few even twice to double check. Avast 2x, Spyware Doctor 2x, Malware Bytes 1x, A-squared Free 1x all came up clean no threats found. HijackThis as well came up clean, according to the site I use to check the logfile.
So why the BSOD? What tampered or attacked my firewall? Is my firewall not cut out for its’ job? Is my security setup lacking or in need of a change? Should I reinstall my OS, and start fresh?
As stated before I worry that my PC Security might have been compromised, and I am wondering if Comodo Internet Security might be a better answer for me.