Yep, attacked by a driveby, a driveby virus that is! If you have not seen me around commenting and returning comments as I normally do is because every moment of not being on the phone selling and listing has been on one of our computers defending ourselves from this nasty driveby.
It came in through the back door and slipped past our AVG Virus Scanner and Detector. Our defenses were all on and working and this nasty virus slipped through.
Be aware of this scam, the virus part of this scam is the tip of the iceberg. What it really wants is your identity!
Watch out for any strange programs that appear on your computer.
I am just working on my computer when suddenly I get a notice that I have 1400 viruses on my computer. There is a little icon at the bottom of my right tray that looks like a professional Microsoft logo and it says virus protection. Then it opens up on my screen and says again that I have all these viruses.
This program is called XP 2008 Anti Virus. Do not open this program! Do not buy this program! It is a great fake of Microsoft even to the little bricks for the firewall that Microsoft uses.
I click on the icon and the program opens up. It lists all the viruses my computer supposedly has and tells me that I need to clean the computer right away. There is no X at the top left to close the screen. I have to control alt delete to close the program. I then click on it again and click on the option to clean the program and it says you have to buy the anti virus. Well, I am not that stupid. I won't fall for that because I have AVG and I know AVG is the best anti virus software out there. Well, it is holding me hostage now. It will not close the screen until you buy the software.
So I control Alt delete, go to add and delete programs and try to delete this nasty little creep. He is undeletable! I then go to reset my restore point, he had already attacked my system restore and now I can not change my reset point.
Now I am getting mad! I am defending us from this drive by who not only is attacking our computer but is stealing my time! Not a good thing to do to me!
I call my IT friend who is very good at this stuff. He tells me I have to do the Safe mode thing and all the instructions to get rid of this nasty. He was telling me this is a new one that is getting in through the back door from a website. This virus attaches itself to a website that does not know it is there, then when you go to a particular website with this virus attached, he does his drive by. That is why it is called a drive by.
But the objective is not to attack you with a virus, it is not to get you to pay the $49, what it wants is far worse! IT WANTS YOUR IDENDTITY!
It holds you hostage until you get so frustrated that you will just pay the $49 to get rid of it and then guess what! It has your credit card number and your name and personal information. That is the game this plays. And you will never guess who is behind this. It is not some young punk who is out to wreak havoc on your computers but rather organized terrorists groups raising money for their operations. They are doing this worldwide. Don't think I am crazy. My IT guy has been in discussions with the attorney general's office about this and it is real.
This whole thing took my entire Saturday to get cleaned out! No comments, no return comments. It made me miss my Active Rain time!:(
I then went in to AVG and upgraded from the free version to the paid version so that I can access their live support in case I ever get another attempt at the drive by. There is no such thing as an Anti Virus that is 100%
Make sure when you are surfing the web that you are using Firefox as your browser. When you surf the internet and you get a list of sites to go to, Firefox puts a green checkmark next to the sites that are safe. One of my daughters did not know to use Firefox and was on my system using IE when this drive by happened. New rule in my house, no IE except for MLS and Point 2! That is is! Firefox only!
So DON'T open this XP 2008 Anti Virus! Don't get hit by a driveby!
Katerina Gasset, CIPS, Realtor ®, Business and Life Coach, Speaker and Author. Reach Katerina at: 561-753-0135
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