As I was just taking care of school, I saw a Windows notification saying that a Trojan virus had been detected, and that made me very worried. I tried removing it, but I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to lose my laptop, because I have no way to do school, write my stories, and play my video games. I have nothing else to do, as my laptop is basically my life. I don’t want to lose my laptop, and I have no money to pay for repairs or the skills to remove a virus.
If windows detected a trojan, it stands to reason it quarantined it right? There’s a good chance you’re probably fine and just need to go into windows defender and confirm you want to delete it (I assume that’s how it works with Windows Defender).
I’d do another scan with another antivirus to be safe, and be more cautious about what websites I visit, what files I download, connecting strange USBs or other devices, just being cautious of the different likely vectors that led to exposure.
Also, backup your computer. At least your important files.
Windows Defender will tell you what it detected if you go and look. It’s more than likely nothing, unless you’ve been downloading things from sites you’re not familiar with. Generally speaking, you don’t just get a virus out of nowhere. It’s either a false positive, or as the post above says, you need to be more careful about sites you visit and what you download.
The opinions on this topic can get a bit heated but the windows defender is a great anti virus tool and if its detected you already got to the first step.
There are enough articles to get you educated on that.
Hope you can use your laptop again without being scared of it.
You didn’t necessarily do anything “suspicious” knowingly. Sometimes suspicious sites masquerade convincingly as legitimate sites, or legitimate sites will have users who uploaded something suspicious and it didn’t get caught, or an email that looked like it came from a legitimate sender had something nasty, or a legitimate sender had their accounts compromised and so technically it’s coming from your mom or friend’s genuine email, but it was sent by someone nefarious. Some ads can be vectors for malware too. And that’s before we even get into USBs, phones, and other devices that can be connected to your computer after having been connected to other computers or have their own independent web browsing/download capability.
I run the phish testing campaigns for my company and our clients: even tech savvy people who know better can occasionally be fooled by an email that looked legitimate.
Could also be a false positive of course. I think you said you’re a programming student, so depending what you’re programming it could’ve even potentially been a false positive from one of your own projects.