Did someone hack me?

AVI files
Hi! About 10 years ago, I had a strange event occur on my PC. While watching an .avi file everything froze, the screen turned black and a scary face appeared while producing a sound that was similar to a hung up vinyl playing. It was not a pop-up or anything to do with a browser. The only thing running in the foreground was GOMplayer and the video. Can viruses or something like that cause this? It really scared me.

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10 years ago?!? Back then yes it may have been a virus. With the coding capabilities of today a virus can do just about anything to your system if you are not protected. There are many types of viruses out there they either did not exist then or were very rare. Today there are Trojans, Malware, Ransomware, KeyLoggers just to name a few. They can take control of your computer or let other take control of it remotely without you knowledge. IT is always a good idea to run an antivirus application on your computer. IF you cannot afford one of the high end ones there are still a bunch of adequate freeware versions out there.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    This was happened 10 years ago! and you are searching the cause after 10 years. STRANGE! In between where were you and why you did not query for the same before 10 years. Is it happened today also. Assuming if it is happened today also, you can check your system with a good anti virus like MWAV. Assuming you are watching so many horror movies.
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  • TheRealRaven
    Hard to say. About "10 years ago" there were a number of videos been sent around by many people that did essentially exactly that. A generally calm but visually engaging scene would draw your attention to focus more and more into the scene. After perhaps 30 seconds or so, a strikingly scary face would suddenly cover the scene, almost as if it would emerge into your face. Highly effective in startling people.

    Virus? Not in the commonly understood sense. In a social networking sense, it could be called that since so many people would send it to others or simply link to one of the videos.
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