So 3 weeks ago I received an email from Microsoft Imagine, requesting me, as a student, to update my profile on their website because they recently had changed from dreamspark.
That message in itself is real, but the email and the email sender did not seem to be real. I contacted a Microsoft employee at their answer desk, and they said they could not find the email account in their database, nor did they recognize the links I provided which by the way all looked like this:
https://click.email.microsoftemail.com/?qs=(Long string of numbers and letters, each different for each link in the email)
I normally don't click links in emails unless prompted to immediately after registering or resetting or whatever else immediate action I have taken on other legit websites. Nevertheless, I somehow let my guard down and clicked a link.
What happened was that it appeared as if my window refreshed. That was all.
My browsing history didn't register that I went to another site (just 2 consecutive instances of the same email-account website I opened my mail with); my download history and download folder did not have any new additions; no new installed program has appeared in my programs and features; and nothing was added to my startup folders or startup in task manager.
A runthrough by malwarebytes anti-malware premium (which I only bought after clicking the link) didn't find anything, nor did windows defender.
What I would like to know is what could have happened? Could malware have sneaked its way in? And if so, how do I find out about it?
I was told that one possible consequence could have simply been that my email was validated as real by the scammers, for future email scam use. I can live with that annoyance. But I don't like the idea of some ransomware, keylogger or botnet malware hiding itself on my computer.
What is possible that could have happened from such an event, and what can I do to damage control it?
I have seen that at least another poster has asked a similar question, but I was wondering about the specifics of my incident.