Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Virus Ate My Blog

This is going to be quick as my computer was attacked by some kind of virus or worm or something while I was composing my weekly blog last night. I'm still not too sure I'm out of the woods yet.

You see, Big Dave, aka el cheapo Dave, never invested in an anti-spyware program for his home computer. And to date, I've been lucky. Since I bought my Lenovo laptop almost three years ago, I've not encountered anything suspicious.

Until last night.

I was doing on-line research at various blog-sites when all of a sudden my computer started downloading something and I began getting strange messages. A variety of very insistent announcements under an Anti-Spyware icon let me know in no uncertain terms that my computer was infected by some malware and my personal information was leaking across the internet.

This Anti-spyware program kicked into high gear, scanning my computer and finding 70 infected files with awful sounding names that included "child pornography" and "trojan virus". In order to clean my hard drive I had to hit a button to continue. I did and eventually was offered a $50 program to disinfect my computer. "Proceed to checkout," it advised.

I didn't. Instead I tried to activate my Windows Vista Defender firewall which I thought was supposed to protect me. Everytime I tried to activate Defender, it activated for a brief second then disappeared.

Though my computer had slowed to a crawl, I managed to go to Yahoo to find out what had happened (the Anti-spyware program claimed that my Google toolbar had been infected too, so I didn't Google). I figured out that this was some kind of "blaster" worm program that claims it's an anti-spyware program--it really isn't--and there was a fix available.

So I spent the rest of the night downloading, uploading, cleaning, etc. Eventually, I did activate my Windows Defender firewall and it found and, hopefully, destroyed that virus, or worm, or whatever it was. But I'm still a little worried since I still see that Anti-spyware icon when I hit the "all programs" button on my start menu.

Anyway, that's where I'm at @#$#@$ right ######## ^^^^^

anti-blog malware program detected>..................................................

To activate blog scan and clean, please order our Windows cleaning blog tips tool.

Proceed to checkout


Blogger TechnoBabe said...

I like the "Proceed To Checkout", you should keep it on your blog. Ha.
Sorry you had to work on the cleaning out. It can be so much work. Hope it is out of your computer now.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

TECHNOBABE--And I'm not that computer savvy. I'm still surprised that what I did worked. I may come home tonight to find my computer in charge of all the electronics in the house, microwaving its own popcorn, programing my DVR, etc.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Carine said...

so sorry Dave. I know of your frustration, but we do have lots of protection. it works and it's easy-of course my husband took care of it all.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CARINE--It is nice to have a computer guru in the family. My brother-in-law knows a lot about computers, but he has his hands full keeping his own running at home.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Lynilu said...

Dang! That stinks, fer sher! And once again, I'm very glad to have a Mac with it's protection.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LYNILU--I keep hearing that those who have Macs love them. If only they didn't cost so darn much money.

9:12 AM  
Blogger CAROLDEE said...

I thought I got one too the other day doing research about nuclear stuff re: the Japan disaster. My FREE AVAST nipped it in the bud. I too have windows vista and it seems to work well with the avast. Have had it 5 years now and never will PAY for any antivirus protection again.. My defender does work in the back ground too so that could be why you didn't see it doing anything. Good Luck!!

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure this virus was all Scott's fault, right?

6:49 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CAROLDEE--Mine came from a blog in Japan, I believe. When I Google search blogs to learn about events in a particular region, I search a phrase like "I live in Sendai". And that exact phrase is what got me into trouble.

ANONYMOUS--No, couldn't have been Scott's fault this time. But he's home on spring break for the next week so starting tomorrow and for the next week, yes, he'd be responsible.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Dave ~~I hope your computer is fixed for good now. My internet keeps
dropping out, which is very annoying.
The photos of the bears were very
impressive. The photographer was a very patient man. Glad you liked the jokes. Take care, my friend, Regards,

4:57 AM  
Blogger B.S. said...

This is scary. I'm cheap too, but I still cough up $50 a year for anti-virus. I've never had a problem since I began doing that. That is, I've never had a computer-related problem since then.


5:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you still see the Icon, then you are still infected. Disconnect your computer from the internet and restart in safe mode. If you don't know how to start in safe mode, google it. Then go to your control panel add remove programs of "programs and features" in Windows 7. Find the "anti-virus" program and uninstall. Then run another virus scan while in safe mode. After you are done, restart, connect back to the internet and download MalwareBytes from Run there scan and disinfect. Hope this helps.

12:17 PM  

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