have been using Brave for a while now and been happy overall. Yesterday night, though, something very suspicious happened. Events in order:
/edit: just remembered another detail: before crashing, I got a pop up that said roughly “can’t run this program” or something along those lines from Brave - don’t remember exactly but that was roughly the gist of it.
- Brave crashed
- on restarting it, it asked me to create a user account, optionally with a password.
- it had lost all open pages, locked me out of my BAT wallet and instead showed a page that seemed to be a brave.com info page but instead led me to “bravebrowsers .com” (no spaces)
- old brave install was visible in win 10 apps list for a second (I could see what looked like two brave icons, I think) but vanished after half a second and didn’t show any more, just a new one supposedly installed on March 5th (would un-/reinstall but I’m, hopefully understandably, skeptical about allowing an uninstaller to run that I suspect to be part of phishing-ware).
- virus scanners show all clear
Is this a known issue?
Is bravebrowsers a legit site?
What could have caused this?
What should I do to make sure nothing untoward has happened to my computer?
Thanks a lot!
/edit: added remembered detail