Blogging plus anti-malware

Great!  I had more page views than ever before yesterday.  Thirty views from the whole darn internet may not seem like much, but it is more than I’ve ever gotten before.  (And now, for something completely different).

Have you ever been surfing the web and gotten some kind of pop up window about a virus alert?  Usually they do this phony virus scan on your computer and tell you that it’s infected.  They will say something about “click here to remove this virus”.  Often when you try to close the window, it launches some other window filled with dire warnings.  The “anti-virus” program the advertisement talks about is probably going to be one you’ve never heard of and certainly not one you already have installed on your computer.  The warnings are correct, often you HAVE been infected with some kind of trojan or virus.  Trojans, Viruses, and Worms all come under the term “Malware”.  This particular malware comes to you from the “anti-virus” ad that just popped up on your computer.  DON’T CLICK ON THE WINDOW!!  The safest thing you can do is immediately shut down your web browser.  If the window keeps popping up after that, it’s an indication that you’ve already been infected.

The best thing you can do then is go to http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php and download the free version of malwarebytes.  Install the program and run it.  You should do the “Full Scan” if this is the first time you have run the program.  Some versions of this malware can be very difficult to remove.  I have run into versions of this malware that actually remove the malwarebytes program as soon as you install it.  If this happens, you’ll have to bring your computer to ME.

Usually if you get this type of infection it just keeps getting worse and worse.  I’ve seen it start popping up new instances of internet explorer with pornography on it.  They will sometimes pop open faster then you can close them.  It can be very annoying…

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About whatisblivit

I have been working with computers since the Commodore Vic20. I've been building PC's since about 1989. I received my Electrical Engineering degree in 1986. I have been building and maintaining my extended families computers since about 1996.
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4 Responses to Blogging plus anti-malware

  1. Janet E says:

    Great advice–what about those pop-up windows that do not allow an opt out choice? Is it enough to ‘back out’ without going clear back to the browsewr? Just wondering….Thanks

    • whatisblivit says:

      It’s probably OK to just back out to the browser, but I’ve had some of those things that were so persistent that not only could I not back out to the browser, but I couldn’t even close the browser window. I had to go into CTRL ALT DEL task manager to kill the browser application. One time I got “Rick Rolled” and every time I started the browser up it went to the Rick Astley video “Never going to give you up”. The window was moving all over my screen and I ended up having to completely remove my Firefox web browser and re-install it. The browser had a feature that saved tabs when you left it unexpectedly (like when you use the Task Manager to kill it) so ever time you restarted it, it went back to the video. There must be a better way of starting it without the saved tabs, but since I had already saved all of my bookmarks (you should do that once in a while, they’re called “favorites” in internet explorer) I didn’t care about that installation.

  2. Kizzy says:

    Very good advice dad. If I go to your page several times a day does each time count?

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