Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A virus ate my computer!

Well, not quite - but almost. What a nightmare! Word of warning - if you find an icon on your desktop (mine appeared on the lower right hand corner of the screen and looked like a shield) for Vista Internet Security 2011, your computer's infected too! It mimics an antivirus software and pretends to want to help you clean up your computer, but really it's just adding more viruses and hacking into your sensitive private areas (oh my! *blush*).

Even though I clicked the popup box's  'close' button instead of accepting their offer, it still killed everything having to do with the Internet. I thought I was safe because I'd recently updated my McAfee antivirus, but Vista Internet Security 2011 hacks into your antivirus software, shuts down the firewall and disables other features so it can have its nasty way with your files. The fiends! I could almost hear them laughing: mwahahaha!

So then I had to decide: ditch this computer, which is about four years old (probably the current lifespan of a Dell anyway) or hire someone to clean up the horrendous mess. After speaking with a Dell technician, I realized the latter was the most practical. Even if I bought a new tower and put an antivirus software on it, the same thing could happen all over, and I'd only have to hire someone anyway.

So, after spending my entire evening on the phone with a Dell tech, now I have a one-year warranty and the assurance that if this occurs again, I'm covered.

Apparently, I'm in the wrong business. Hacking computers and fixing computers seems to be the real profit generators (and I wonder how closely they work together, hmmmm).

In any case, I have much to catch up on, even for two days.


J. L. Jackson said...

Sorry to hear that. Viruses are horrible!! Love your blog header, btw.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks JL! Internet withdrawal's no fun either, lol. Great to get my daily fix again!
Thanks for your kind words!

Indigo said...

Thanks for the heads-up. Adware shows itself on mine as a shield. So this is definitely a clever virus. I imagine quite a few people would be bamboozled, by the similiarity.

*Reminds self to download latest WIP revions on to USB toggle*


Emma Lai said...

That sucks. Think what could be accomplished if hackers put their talents to better use.

Cate Masters said...

Yes, back ups are a lifesaver Indigo. Hope you're able to kill the Adware!

I know, Emma - they must be highly intelligent. Why must they be evil? :)

Susan Macatee said...

Sorry to hear this, Cate! What a nightmare! This happened to my husband's computer twice. He had to delete all his programs and reinstall them to get rid of the invading program.

Cate Masters said...

Yikes, once is bad enough! Hope things are ok now.

Maria Zannini said...

Oh my gosh! How awful.

I just updated some security mumbo-jumbo Windows sent me.

How long from the time you downloaded until you realized you'd been boarded?

Glad you got it fixed.

Cate Masters said...

That's one of the dastardly things this virus does - disables your updates too, so patches aren't available. Grrr.
It must have been lurking for awhile. I think I assumed because it said Vista that it was part of the Windows Vista, which I'm sure was their intent. But it all came to a nasty head yesterday. But I popped it, mwahahaha!

Marion Sipe said...

Oh, that's awful! At least it didn't harm any of your files and writing, but 2 days without internet? I'd be a nervous wreck!

Cate Masters said...

It was nerve-wracking Marion! But you're right, it would've been worse if I'd lost files. So far, everything seems to be intact. :)