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…