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Hi everyone, I hope you're doing great.

Five years ago I decided to buy a computer to my family. After a year or so the computer had a lot of ads but I simply instaled Ad Block. This year the computer got really slow, so a friend of mine, that works at IT department of a company told me the computer had a lot of malware, including trojans, ads, etc. It turns out that my 20 year old son had been watching adult sites and pornography for several years.

Now the computer is clean and works very well, since my friend helped me out in this one,

However, I fear someone (like hackers) can have personal information about me or my  family, Should I really worry about this? Is this something common?

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Hello and Welcome....

Any information that may already be out there you can not do anything about it. If you had any sort of credit card info or bank info on that computer you can contact your banks / credit card companies and get new cards.

As for knowing if the computer is 100% clean, there is only a couple of ways to go about that. If you trust your friend in IT and his/her skills, have them run several scans with the required tools to see if its clean.

Or you can have one of the experts here on the forums help you for free.  Simply read the topic below and follow its instructions.

I'm infected - What do I do now?

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