Recently, stumbled upon the new FB 500m+ leak and decided to satisfy my curiosity and poke around.
Basically just wanted to see how 500m+ user records were kept and what info was released( it was pretty much all publicly scrapable data with ocassional email address.)
Curiosity satisfied, I guess.
BUT.. what is this! Slowed response, unusually high resource usage, ridiculous boot times, amongst other things this laptop just got a lot worse! Could it be… has BonziBuddy finally returned? No seemingly just another piece of malware…
…no results from Defender, MalwareBytes, all the big names.
Well to be expected I guess when you download dodgy shit, but I’d love to know what is happening in the background of my computer right now.
So my hopefully decipherable question is this:
1 Ignore anti-virus programs.
2 Using the simple tools we have at our disposal(taskmanager/monitoring active net connections/sniffing packets with wireshark.)
Is it possible for a layman to figure out exactly what is going on in the background of their computer?
I can open wireshark but I cannot figure out what is what, going where, or for what purpose(admittedly I know nothing about this software)
I can run netstat, which is like the simple-mans wireshark without the packets displayed, look at active connections and corresponding local address and foreign address, along with PID, trace that to an executable, but do I know what is actually happening?
Is it impossible to see exactly what processes are doing what because without the original code we end up with undecipherable compiled jargon?
I can see files behaving strangely(unprecedented resource hog) but that alone is meaningless, what is it actually doing and can I find out?
To those people understand my ramblings and this field of computing a bit more and are impartial enough to want to shed light, what do YOU do when you have had an infection slip under the radar? Restore/Reformat? Do you use virtual machines on suspect files? What are your red flags? Dont you ever have a desire to pirate software you cant allow yourself to buy, because its for a short period of time or the use is not for commercial gain but simply out of good old primate curiosity?