Thursday, January 28, 2010

There Is A Virus In The House

and no....it isn't me or Irv. It was my computer on Tuesday! I got home from work, sat down at the computer and things started popping up warning me that my computer was unprotected, that my computer was infected, that I needed to immediately download this, and then I needed to click here and do this and on and on and on....it was awful.

I didn't touch anything and called a friend of mine that understands this stuff. She turned me over to her hubby and he had me do a complete scan of my entire computer which took 3 hours and still didn't get rid of it...but first I had to reactivated my anti-virus which it had apparently deactivated. It was called Internet Security 2010....ever heard of them or it or whatever it was?

My computer would barely move so trying to do anything was almost impossible. It had Task Manager Blocked as well as other sites. Once I was able to google it I started reading what everyone else had to say about "it". It didn't sound very good so I knew I needed to do something. I kept reading people's suggestions and many of them were in computer lingo and I had no idea what they were talking about. Then I came across one that said they used Windows Defender. I decided to give that a try.

I downloaded Defender, had it do another scan and presto!!!!! Gone!!!! Chee Hoo!

Let me tell you I was sweating bullets all evening. It's hard when you don't understand computers in the first place and then to have something like this happen.....I had visions of running out and charging that new computer the next day. Thank goodness I did not have to do that!

All is well right now, but I still don't get how you get infected by something like that when you have virus protection so that doesn't happen. Can anyone explain that to me?

10 comments:

The Muse said...

so glad that you got things fixed!
Sadly, there are so many viruses and so many people who like to do bad things to good computers...the Good guys don't catch all of them 100% of the time.

Plus the whole issue of firewall...EEEK :)

Cathryn said...

My virus protector runs daily updates. I think it's a Linux version that didn't fail the programmers' tests like Macaffee and Norton did. My husband is a guru and knows the least amount of work I have to do on my machine, the better I am. So he got me Avira because it runs daily updates and I don't have to remember to go there. :D

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Unfortunately there are SO many weirdos busy trying overcome the firewalls and antivirus software that they have to be updates pretty regularly. Keeps bread on our table, though, because that's one thing D sells for a living...

Oklahoma Granny said...

So glad all is well now.

Mary said...

oh yucka! twice i've had major viral issues. i now use cumbersome norton to the max and haven't had a problem in years but oh man, i feel for you!

Angela said...

Isn't it terrible that people sit around making up things like that just to destroy other people's property...I just don't get it. Glad you got it under control.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

There's always going to be another virus coming along. I now back up all my files to an external hard drive every night, because I'd hate to lose all my photos and documents.

Lanyardlady said...

Oh computers! I hope your problem is solved!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Phew! So happy you were able to fix it. Viruses can be nasty. I think the people that "create" them should be hung by their toes-- for a really long time.

xo

gayle said...

I don't know anything except a little. Always have to ask my husband.

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