Ever had a day like this?

Ever had days like these???  If not, you haven’t had a computer long enough.

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7 Responses to Ever had a day like this?

  1. SKL says:

    Mostly I just cuss out my computer. With my window open. While my neighbors are within earshot.

  2. Laura says:

    Yeah, that’s why I was gone all last week.

    Notice to everyone, if you ever get the urge to “allow” a Microsoft Program that just popped up to “update” your system? STOP AND CHECK IT OUT!!! My system had just finished doing a round of updates, and another one popped up. So I allowed it – I saw that it said that it was from Microsoft, so I clicked ok. BAD MOVE. I realize now, that it didn’t “pop up” from the tray down in the lower right-hand corner, it just appeared on my screen, down near the tray… and it was Malware. A nasty piece of work called “Vista 2012 Antivirus”.

    It poses as an antivirus program that has suddenly detected all kinds of trojans, malware, and other nasties on your system. And the only way you can eliminate these horrors is by clicking on the little box that says that you’ll purchase Vista 2012 Antivirus. Only thing is, there IS no “vista 2012 antivirus” program. It’s a big hoax to get your credit card number, and the program is malware that blocks your ability to use ANY of your programs, including antivirus/spyware/adware detectors, even in Safe Mode. Unless you are a wicked programmer with mad skillz, you are not going to eliminate this program, because even if you *think* you’ve eliminated it? There are traces of it lurking in the bowels of your system. Someone needs to go into DOS or whatever it’s called, and eliminate every letter of its programming. It must be done by a pro. So tells me a friend who is an IT guy and my “guru” who can usually talk me through any problem I have with either of my computers. This time, his answer was, “take it to a professional”.

    So I did. $110 later, my system is clear of the malware. I’m thankful that I’ve purchased one of those off-site backup programs, because even though I didn’t need to activate it, I could have. If you haven’t backed up your stuff, either through something like Carbonite, or onto an on-site external hard drive, PLEASE do that, too.

    off soapbox

    • Phyllis says:

      Wow, that totally sucks. Lucky for us that you can now use your new phone for this stuff as well! Glad it’s all better. But crap! That’s a high cost for such an easy mistake to make!

  3. SKL says:

    Interesting – I got that message a couple of times in the past week. Sneaky – it looks similar to the actual anti-virus program that I have, so I did click on it, but my computer warned me that it seemed odd, so I canceled before it downloaded.

    I have an external drive, to which I theoretically backup files daily.

  4. Joy says:

    This makes me so mad. The thing is these slick folks who do this have made it look so similar to a trusted thing we always use. I think we’ve all clicked on stuff we probably knew better about clicking but thought, what the heck? Look at yesterday on Facebook, we all clicked on that!!!!!

    I’m just glad your computer is fixed and now hopefully it won’t happen to anyone else we know of.

  5. Laura says:

    I was (and still am) furious that my antivirus program didn’t catch it. Apparently, there’s a “loophole” – at least the pros tell me this – that excuses real antivirus programs. The fact that it’s “malware”, which is software, and you have to give it permission to install on your computer. But when it looks EXACTLY like the real thing, how am I supposed to know the difference??? This is why I PAID for an antivirus program in the first place!!

    • Phyllis says:

      Uh oh! What program did it look like? I recently went with Trend Micro (which I heard was really good). But then today my computer wouldn’t start up properly and I had to go through the whole “fix it” program. Is this what you ran into?

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