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Beware of FinallyFast.Com!
This is really hard for me to admit, but I was stupid enough to go to a website advertised on TV that promised to speed up my computer. The website, www.finallyfast.com, promised that their software would clean up all the junk on my computer and make it run faster. I was particularly frustrated at that moment because my laptop was running extremely slowly, and for $29.95, it seemed like a great idea.
At first, I was very happy. My computer did speed up noticeably, and I was able to browse the internet much more quickly. I really enjoyed my first evening after the purchase, and went to bed very happy.
The next morning, the nightmare began. When I turned on my computer, I had to close half a dozen windows that told me my computer was infected with a virus, that I needed to buy the company's anti-virus program, and that I also needed to buy yet another product to scan and protect my system. I closed out all the windows and tried to get onto Microsoft's site for a free scan. I wasn't able to access that site, nor was I able to access the websites of Norton, McAfee, or any other legitimate anti-virus provider.
Next came the porno and Viagra ads. About once every five seconds, another one popped up. This was going on at the same time that "security alerts," advertisements from Ascentive (the company that manufactures FinallyFast), and other pop-ups were relentlessly opening. Closing out the windows was like trying to play a video game while I was reading my email.
I was able to go onto the internet and do a search of Ascentive, and wish I had done it before I downloaded FinallyFast. There are scores of websites where previous victims of this company related the same experiences I was having. I had never heard of it before, but apparently the company used to advertise in the middle of the night, and has now started advertising in prime time. No doubt, they will rake in tons of money, and hundreds of thousands of people will experience the hell I went through for two days.
Today, I bought Norton 360, and the system would not allow it to load from my CD drive. Luckily, the Norton manual had a fix for that, and once I had it loaded, it immediately identified the FinallyFast software as a Trojan horse and destroyed it. It was such a relief.
Although I am exposing myself as an idiot, I do hope that anyone who reads this will spread the word to avoid this product, and save themselves and others the frustration and expense I went through.