Computer Malware

I created this hub as a little reminder for us all about Malware. Such is the Internet these days that this hub has been copied by another. It is on a website and as yet I have been unable to address the problem. This note has been added, so that readers know the hub is my own work. After one particularly stressful afternoon, trying to deal with spam, I have the mental scars to prove it.

So read on, take in and watch out for those who copy other people's work also.

Our computers are potentially under constant threat from bugs, viruses, phishing and malware. I am not one of those foolish Internet users that does not use anti virus software. I regularly update it and try to be a sensible Internet user.

Sometimes though none of this is enough.

I arrived home from work a little later than usual on Friday 20th August 2010. There had been a bad road traffic accident in my city. After a welcome cuppa I headed upstairs to the computer, in order to produce a little work and catch up with emails and the like.

Initially all seemed well.

I did have a few problems whilst accessing the news reporting website Allvoices. As one of my new found but favourite freelance writing sites I was annoyed. I read many articles and was able to leave messages but could not rate any articles up, or down for that matter. As you need to remain active on the site to earn money this posed a problem.

Still I persevered and then started getting messages that my computer was under attack.

I should have took the sensible option and signed off. Of course I did not and it seems as if malware got through.

I ran a scan on the computer which identified four problems. My software was only able to disinfect and remove two.

Switiching on the computer, late Saturday morning, the extent of the problem became all too clear.

A fictitious anti virus component had attached itself to the dektop toolbar and it was going nowhere.It would not let me do anything much on the computer. It kept opening windows explorer in porn and viagra sites, whilst flashing up warnings about potential password threats. There was no way I could close this program or delete it.

I am no computer whizz kid but know a little. Anyone more naive may have followed the instructions and signed up for the software. It claimed to be a free trial.

I was eternally grateful that I pay a basic computer maintenance fee to PC World. There call centre soon talked me through what would hopefully rid my system of this nuisance and it worked.

There are a few morals to this story I guess:-

  • If new and suspicious virus software appears on your computer it is probably MALWARE.
  • Never do what this software advises.
  • If you can afford it, pay for computer maintenance.
  • If, whilst you are accessing the Internet, strange messages begin appearing log off as soon as possible.
  • Up date your computer anti virus as often as possible, and use it.

I have anti virus running which could not cope with this attack. The call centre helped me download free malware protection, which I shall now use frequently.

I am not sure but I think the attack happened via a Twitter feed showing on one of the article pages on Allvoices.This is not meant as a criticism of Allvoices, as it could have happened at any site and at any time.

However, you have been warned to stay alert. Once the attack is in full swing you will probably be powerless to stop it.

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Steve yes I now use Malware bytes. Thanks for the extra advice though. I shall remember that.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Good warning, a wonderful free malware program is Malware Bytes witch I use and love. It can find stuff I never heard of before. It is also very friendly and allows you to decide everything about it or be automatic. Spybot search and destroy has lost some of its former gleem and is not the highest rated malware software anymore.

Another piece of advice, if you get one of these messages, try typing a new address in the URL that can be trusted, like google.com. Then go to tools and clear all information. Then close the browser.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

That's very true. It is such a shame though as the Internet opens so may opportunities. We should not let the spammers etc win


DoItForHer 6 years ago

Some people instead educating themselves on how to surf the 'Net safely, practice digital abstinence. They don't send emails, watch YouTube, or any such thing because of their fear of viruses. When that happens, they become their own virus.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Thanks all. It seems that we all suffer at the hands of these morons. Keep vigilant :)


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Very helpful hub, the exact thing happened to my husbands laptop, luckily we have an nephew who is microsoft certified and walked him through the annoying process of clearing the virus off his computer. We now use AVG it's also a free program and does a great job. Of course you can upgrade for more protection. Thanks for sharing this - I am now a follower! Cheers


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Lia S 6 years ago

I use Comodo, which is an entirely free suite of antivirus, firewall, a defense+ shield and some other bits and pieces. On the plus side, it is VERY thorough. On the negative side... it's VERY thorough. Took me a few days to get it all sorted so it would open all my programs and not fly into a panic when Word wanted to access the keyboard, for example.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I had something similar TWICE recently. It sux!!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Isn't kindnes at your most. Thank you, ethel. I really appreciate this. Nothing worse than that.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Yes, everybody those who are using internet, they should use antivirus and regularly scan the computer. Spreading of virus is also a kind of business. The world is full of good as well as bad people. The world is a place of survival of the fittest.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

That has made me wonder Suzie cat. I shall whizz on and off from now on.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

I had some problems after visiting AllVoices as well. I now steer clear of that site. Maybe it wasn't them but after reading this I wonder.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

I downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-malware. I think I will stick with that one for now. Thanks for the input folks


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Spybot can be problematic also. No Offense. It is almost impossible to remove. Anything that is a Free download contains problems, unless it is from a secured service as you subscribe to. Also, there is a fairly new trend called War Driving. a person with a laptop, drives through a neigborhood, and links to unsecured sites, and takes all personal info off the computer. anytime your computer acts funny, take it down. run your anti program. a restart should kick your security scan in. Peace :0)


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Install SpyBot, it's free and I've found it deals with most threats, and it should run with your anti virus with no conflicts.

John

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