I'm a bit **bleep**ed right now. The other week, my computer completely crashed. All indicators are that it became infected with a virus. Despite the security suite being at its highest security settings in all areas, doing the deepest scans with antivirus, something got through undetected. It likely occurred when I mistakenly ended up on a questionable website when researching something unrelated to what was on the site (rather frightening, actually... It appeared to be a terrorist site. I reported it to the CIA and FBI before I even realized my system got a virus from it).
Shortly after visiting the site, various aspects of my OS (Windows XP) stopped functioning. One of the first things to go was the ability to transfer files. I checked my hard drive, and over 7 GB free space had gone down to less than 50 MB. I tried to free up some space, and it would be filled as fast as I cleared it. One by one, my programs stopped functioning. It marched through my system like a firestorm. Even the professionals could not identify the virus, although there was no doubt that was what was causing this.
I allow mobile code and cookies ONLY from websites I trust, but somehow this got through. Even worse, Kaspersky did not detect it later. There IS a bug somewhere. One thing I notice in the privacy settings is that new websites aren't being added to the site list. Why is this? Why am I now having to enter them in manually?
I would like some explanations. I can't afford this to happen again. I'm in medical school, and I lost a TON of important material when this occurred, and it put me a week behind in my current studies.
Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite