Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Viruses, Spyware & Malware! Oh my!

Ugh!  What a week it's been!  I've been having some issues with my computer, but I didn't think much of it (thought it was because I was almost out of space on my hard drive; too many pictures lol) until I started getting alerts from my virus protection.  Unfortunately a simple scan didn't fix it.  It took three days of downloading and scanning with several spyware and malware programs to get it clean again.  Sheesh!  I got rid of several problems, but I'm not one hundred percent sure where they came from.  I know for sure one was a hijack of Adobe Flash Player (please make sure all of your adobe and java programs stay up to date because if they are out of date they are venerable to hijacking).  I'm also beginning to think they came from Facebook . . . 8o

So I've disabled all addons (calendar, birthdays, games, etc.) on Facebook and will now only be using it to follow my friend's status updates.  I also installed quite a bit of browser protection and malware protection.  Hopefully I've got my computer on such a lockdown nothing will get through again because I really don't want to deal with that again!!

So sorry I've been AWOL again.  I'll try to get a new Appreciation post up as soon as possible.  :D  I'm also going to try to get around to visiting your blogs soon too.  Thanks for hanging in there guys!


  1. It must be going around, I ended up with a bunch of stuff on my computer too! It didn't take 3 days but it took a lot of time to get it right again. I use Super Antispyware and Malwarebytes and they work really good. Also use Windows Microsoft Security Essentials to keep viruses off. Good luck, looking forward to your updates again

  2. Oh! I hate that! Grrr to people who want to mess about and steal stuff. Hope you get it all sorted.

    Mango Momma

  3. Those viruses and bugs are just nasty :( I really hate them and really hate those who are making more and more of them. Like I wouldn't hate the computer already, these things makes the working with it more hateable.

    Hopefully you'll get all of them out of your system! And they won't come back!


  4. Facebook is full of that stuff, I'm using it less and less these days because if your friends on there aren't secure it gets on your stuff too.

    Two pages I recommend on there to keep you safer are facecrooks which keeps you up to date on phishing scams and bitdefender safego.

    Glad you've got it sorted but it's so stressful and time consuming!


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