Several days ago I was online and a window popped up that said suspicious activity had been detected. It looked similar enough to my virus protection program that I carelessly thought it was. It offered the option of doing a full scan, then listed the items found and offered to fix it. As soon as I clicked fix I realized that it was not my virus protection program, because it immediately asked for my credit card number before going any further. I quickly closed out of the window and then the problems began. I began having trouble navigating around the internet so I closed it and decided to check and see if the unwanted program had been added to my computer – sure enough it had, but it would not let me remove it. I thought I would get online and see if I could figure out how to remove it, but I could not access the internet. I am not a computer whiz, but thankfully my son-in-law is – so I immediately called him. He took my computer and spent many hours cleaning up the mess. It took him a bit of time because the program had been written in Russian. It was a form of malware that blocks your access to the internet once you open its program and do not buy their product. I now have an additional Spyware program on my computer and I’m sure I will be more careful in the future. By the time I got the computer to my son-in-law, he got it fixed, and I got it back, three days had passed. I was lost without it and still have not gotten caught up on checking email, taking care of business, and visiting my favorite blogs. As my son-in-law said – this type of activity should be illegal! I am just thankful that he was able to fix it.
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