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Well a few days back I downloaded something called Free Video Zilla and installed it, but then I read something about a spyware on cnet.com review so I uninstalled it and deleted the installer. After that I scanned my computer with Avast! and Malwarebytes and both came up with nothing. So now I am very paranoid that I have some kind of spyware even though nothing has been acting up. Is there spywares out there that just steals your information without doing anything else so the user of the computer is not aware of its existence?

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Hello and welcome to MBAM forum, TheHatter: :)

While most malware will give the user some sort of indication of the infection (popups, slowdowns, crashes, disappearing folders/files, browser re-directs, etc), there's no way to determine from the info you've provided whether you might have picked up a nasty.

If you're concerned about it, then it would be a good idea to have a qualified malware expert take a look at your system to be sure. :)

We cannot work on malware removal in this sub-section of the forum, so please read below for assistance with checking/cleaning your computer.

ALSO, you might the information in >>THIS ARTICLE<< helpful, about how to stay safe & minimize the risk of infection. :)

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