while I was editing one of my hubs, my screen went all red and said hubpages has been reported as malicous and can get info of my computer, did anyone else see this. I have been here three months never had a problem before, hope its not true.
Okay I will it was very disturbing, I wouldn't think hubpages works like that.
That would freak me out, indeed. Maybe it's some sort of spam.
hey lorlie, maybe it is anyway I got it off my screen real fast, lol
When something like this happens, turn off your wireless immediately, or unplug from internet. Then run your antivirus and spyware.
rmcrayne-wow, sounds pretty serious. Can you elaborate?
If a particular nasty such as a trojan or other similar malware starts wreak havoc on a persons computer, staying connected to the internet usually allows these types of malware to get EVEN MORE malware from the internet. One may find over the course of a couple of days their computer being used as a controlled bot to send messages silently through the internet to attempt to steal information from that infected or even other computers or crash another website (bots on 1,000 of peoples computers). Left infected over a couple of hours to a couple of days still connected to the internet, the computer becomes unusable for normal operation.
By disconnecting from the internet (temporarily) gives an opportunity for the user to run their anti-virus and anti-malware without the nasties resorting to being able to get more nasties and eradicate them.
Hope this helps.
Having experienced this twice over the last few years I would recommend smashing the computer into teeny weeny pieces -
Just kidding, but htis is how it feels after reinstalling almost everything and losing loads of good irreplaceable good stuff. Take the advice, switch off and run a good antivirus, and I would also recommend spybot which worked well for me recently
I use AVG and their free program is excellent. A friend who looks after a network of 1000 computers over on Oahu recommended AVG. The first year I used just their free program. This year I bought their professional program. Then two months ago I was on here, HubPages, when all of a sudden a screen sprang up and said I have two trojans and two something-or-other else. It was Windows Security telling me this and it said to press here and clean it off -- or something like that. I panicked and did that. Within a second I realized that was strange that Windows Security told me of the problem when I have AVG. I phoned my friend. He explained that these hackers (not sure what he called them) reproduce windows to look just like Windows Security and other stuff. Sure enough, a couple days later my computer crashed. I got it into a computer repair person. $300 later....I'd lost half my hard drive saved files.
It's a whole learning curve, this computer stuff.
I got exactly the same thing a couple of weeks ago. I ran AVG immediately, which detected nothing, and my computer is still fine. Guess I'm lucky.
I have seen that windows thing before, but was lucky enough to realize that my computer had different security system.
Similar thing happened to me. I knew the "Windows" message was suspicious, but I was stunned, and after a few seconds of inaction, it was too late. The virus disabled my Kaspersky. Ultimately my brother had to remove my hard drive, bypass Windows, and scan my hard drive from another computer.
This is why I know to immediately disable my wireless.
As a matter of fact, seeing some of the responses here, I always used to recommend to my clients to get themselves an external storage device. Since most virus and malware does not primarily target external devices.
This is the BEST way to keep your precious files, all your photos, videos, documents, emails, and music. If your computer, itself, becomes infected, your information on an external drive are safe.
I have a hub about external hard drives, which I am going to update this so my readers are made aware as well.
So, who says the forums are not helpful?
You have a real good point there thanks a bunch, I'll be sure and check out that hub.
and yes the forums can be very helpful, when people don't mind sharing their knowledge.
My pleasure Diane,
I used to do client support as a sub-contractor for a computer company. 80% of my work was based on home users and small business using my services for usually one thing, removing nasties from their computers.
After about 2,000 client visits over 4 years I am here on the internet since one of them suggested to me, 'You know, you should write a blog, and not just help one at a time, but 1,000's of people on the internet'
I never knew why I didn't think of that before 4 years.
I would prefer to see people pay $50 NOW, rather than $100's of dollars LATER to have their computer running and ship shape again when they encounter computer troubles.
I think the best thing right now is Microsoft Security Essentials. It is free from Microsoft and I have seen it catch things others have missed.
An even better idea is to seriously consider Win 7 or a Mac if you are still running XP.
I think a Mac is the better choice, but Win 7 is much improved in security. Both Win 7 and Mac OS X can be hacked, but are far less vulnerable than XP.
Don't believe the "Macs are more expensive" stuff. If you are out to buy junk, yeah, they are. Otherwise, definitely not.
At least or at last? :-)
The problem is that it is always subject to change. Next year or even next month something else could be the best. Next year Macs could be swamped in attacks.
Unless someone is involved in this stuff almost daily and is responsible for more than just their own computer, their advice about any of this doesn't carry any weight.
That sounds like a horrible headache.
Just gave my Mac an appreciative pat.
I kept getting a warning a couple of weeks ago about a Trojan virus of some type. It kept coming back, over & over. Once I ran the security, then turned off my computer entirely, then back on, I was okay.
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