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My Computer Was Hacked. Now what?

Discovering that your computer has been hacked can be alarming, as it not only threatens your privacy it compromises the security of sensitive information. Before delving into the specific steps to address a hacked computer, it’s important to recognize the gravity of the situation. Hacking can lead to unauthorized access, data theft, and misuse of personal and financial information. In this unsettling scenario, taking immediate action becomes paramount to reduce the impact and safeguard your digital presence. In the face of such a security breach, it’s crucial to remain calm and take immediate steps to regain control of your account.

Immediate Steps To Take When Your Computer Is Hacked

The steps that should be taken immediately when your computer is hacked or infected. Cybercriminals will use your computer to obtain confidential data and spread the virus to the rest of your network.

  1. Immediately disconnect the computer from your network and the internet. If the computer is connected by network cable you simply need to unplug the cable. If your computer is connected via WiFi you need turn off the WiFi connection. This can be done in Setting – Network & Internet – WiFi.
  2. Reset all your passwords to strong and unique in case any of your passwords were stolen and being used on your email, websites, etc.
  3. Enable multi factor authentication on all of you accounts to prevent hackers from resetting accounts.
  4. Restore computer system by reloading Operating System and restore last clean backup.
  5. Check all other computers on your network for virus by running full system scan.
  6. Report it.

You should report the incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center ( which is run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI uses the reports to investigate crimes, track trends, and threats, and, in some cases, even freeze stolen funds. Just as importantly, IC3 shares reports of crime throughout its vast network.

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Unfortunately, there is no magic solution to protect your systems and data. You must have a comprehensive, multi-layered approach and you need to adjust for the ever-changing challenges and potential threats.

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