Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Virus, virus go away. Come back....never

Not for us. For our computer! We are just recovering from a very nasty virus on our computer. Scott finally had to completely clear out everything on the computer and start over. Thankfully we were able to get our pictures onto disks before he did it. And we were blessed to even be able to do that. The virus let us do everything once and then, after "seeing" what we were doing, wouldn't let us do it again. I prayed good and hard after Scott was only able to download the first bunch of pictures onto a disk (which didn't include any of the pictures of Libby and Hudson) and none of the others. Thank God! Scott was finally able to get all of the others. I was absolutely sick with the thought that we would lose all of those pictures! Libby's first and second years. Hudson's birth and first 7 months. Well, thankfully we have them all. Now we are just trying to build everything back up (we also lost our whole favorites folder).

The virus was "Antivirus 2009". First, our computer started moving really slowly for a few days. Then these pop-ups started coming out of the blue (some really bad and gross ones, too). We would just be sitting there and they would come up, without us even clicking on anything. Once, when no one was even at the computer, 15 of them came up! Then after about a day and a half of that, something popped up that said, "Your computer may be at risk. Download Antivirus 2009 to scan for possible infections." And then it gave possible "symptoms" (erratic PC behavior, advertisement pop-ups, etc.) that matched what our computer was doing. Without thinking further (we just wanted to fix it!), we downloaded it. What it does is it "scans" the computer and says there are multiple infections, and then says you have to pay $50 to buy it so it can get rid of the infections. Thank God Scott thought it was fishy before he paid the money. We would have empty bank accounts now if he had gone through with it. But then it was impossible to get rid of it. He tried multiple virus protectors, and even went out to buy one (because the virus wouldn't let him download the free ones from online). Everything was able to scan and tell us that there was a virus, but nothing could get rid of it. But finally it is gone. The thing is that we had virus protection before, so we don't know how we got it in the first place.

So, be careful! If you see anything about Antivirus 2009, don't even click anywhere on the screen (even to exit out of it). A guy at a computer store said that as soon as you even click on the page you get it.

Oy, what a week. So, how has yours been?

1 comment:

NatureMama said...

We actually have had the same thing happening. I have never clicked to download it, I just X it out, so maybe that's why it hasn't been as bad as yours. We'll probably have to tear ours down to get rid of it, too, but right now it's not that bad... I feel for you, man!