Friday, February 20, 2009

Hijacked By Viruses


I haven't posted in almost a week because my computer was hijacked. I've been battling evil Trojan viruses all week. Last Thursday, my computer started acting strangely. It was running very slowly, and certain web pages weren't loading. The internet connection kept crashing, and e-mail could be opened sometimes, but not always. And then the pop-ups started. At first, they were innocent enough. One pop-up was for a diet program, another was for a celebrity gossip magazine. But then the X-rated pop-ups began. I got a quick shot of a body part that I never knew existed, shrieked, and immediately shut down the computer before my kids could see anything.
I tried everything- Norton, Ad-Aware, Windows Update, Google pop-up blocker. I removed unused programs and cleaned my temporary internet file cache. I screamed at the computer numerous times. There was some improvement, but not enough.
So I finally caved and paid $40 to download MalwareRemovalBot. I just ran it three times and removed all the viruses that it found. If it works, then I'll be back after Shabbat with a post that's been sloshing around in my head for a while.
In the meantime, may we all have a peaceful and virus-free Shabbat!

8 comments:

ProfK said...

Youch! Here's wishing you a healthy computer and that peaceful Shabbos.

Leora said...

Put SpyBot on your computer. Wow, that's awful! I use Trend Micro for virus protection, but one also needs anti-spyware, so for now I use the free SpyBot. (I used a paid anti-spyware before that I didn't like as much...)

Shabbat Shalom, Raizy!

SuperRaizy said...

Thanks, ProfK

Leora- how do I get Spybot?

Jew Wishes said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the viruses.

Mrs. S. said...

I screamed at the computer numerous times.
/*flips through the user's manual and shakes head in wonder*/ This really should've helped... Maybe you didn't scream loud enough?
:-)

Have a good week!

ilanadavita said...

Sounds awful. The good thing about using Apple computers is that you never get viruses and bugs.

ilanadavita said...

Sounds awful. The good thing about using Apple computers is that you never get viruses and bugs.

Baila said...

I can't even imagine what body part you're talking about.

Glad all are well.