When I first turned on my computer this morning, something was very wrong.
I got a pop-up about my “antivir protection.” I don’t have
“antivir” I have anti-virus. The little popup box looked very
similar to my Microsoft Security Essentials anti virus
protection, but it was different enough to make me suspicious. I kept getting
other little messages popping up saying some file had a virus, trojan, etc. I
was very careful not to accidently click on any of them. They appeared to be
from Windows Essentials,(my antivirus software) but I wasn’t sure. I knew if
I clicked the wrong thing, I could open the floodgates. All I wanted to do was
run my real security programs but I couldn’t find them!
I have the icon for the Microsoft Security Essentials on my bottom
task bar menu, but this morning it was gone! All I got was the “imposter.” It
looked very similar to the real Microsoft
Security Essentials, but not quite the same. I tried to go to my start
menu and run security essentials. I would click on it, see the screen briefly
and then it would disappear. I was getting real scared! I tried this several
times. I tried to put the icon back on the task bar, it would go there but when
I tried to click on it, away it would go! Oh NO!
I also have Malware Bytes on my computer, but I was unable to get it
or the Microsoft Security Essentials to run. I was getting very
scared! I just kept getting pop ups saying my computer or a file was infected.
Very scary stuff.
No, my laptop is not backed up.
No, I do not have a backup program like Carbonite.
Yes, I meant to, but now I may have to suffer the
consequences of my procrastination.
I finally (after trying several attempts and methods) was able to get both
of my security programs running and they are currently doing full scans on the
computer. I did quick scans first and they came out clean. I have my fingers
crossed that I won’t have lost all my data or that my computer was hijacked.
I am writing this post on Windows Live Writer and will not attempt to post
unless my scans come out clean. I am afraid to attempt to go onto the internet
until the full scans are completed. Let me tell you, I am a LOT nervous!
If I dodge this bullet, I am going to immediately go and purchase
or some other automatic back-up program It cost about $5o annually,
and right now, that’s looking like a pretty good deal! It automatically backs
your computer up regularly and then if you have a virus, or lose your data, you
can easily get your computer back up and running. The commercials say it’s
easy, but I have my doubts about that.
This might be a good subject for Rick to blog about. I’m sure we could all
use some education on avoiding computer viruses!
The virus and malware programs are still running…very slow
No viruses found yet. :)
I got tired of waiting and decided to attempt to go online and see what
happens. I was able to log on so I am hopeful that my computer is not trashed.
The programs have not found anything bad..yet…
Wish me luck!
I’m doing some research on the online back up programs. I want something
that will do automatic backups. I don’t want to have to think about it. I just
want my computer protected if I need it. I found a link that has some
information on a few of the top programs. Click here for
There are coupons for discounts on all of these programs. I thought I would probably use Carbonite, but in doing some research, I think Mozy might be a better option. I guess I need to do more research.
My virus and malware programs are still running. It will probably take a few
hours, but I don’t care. I will wait for them to finish before I purchase the
automatic back up program (probably Carbonite).
I’m feeling a little better about my computer, but this morning I was sure I
had a major virus and I just knew all my data was lost. Let me tell you, that’s
a very scary feeling. My advice….back up…what ever way you choose, but just
backup. I had visions of all my photo’s being gone. : (
Wish me luck!
p.s. I tried to post this through Live Writer, but kept getting an error message. Hope it will post through Blogger.