Yesterday started out a good day…. I was taking the day off in celebration of 4th of July. Late morning I was searching the Internet for a recipe — yes, I was going to cook — when McAfee started popping up that it blocked this Trojan and that Trojan. What??!! I was just looking for a recipe!!
Then next I get a window pop up called Defense Center Installer and to click okay to continue installing. No!! Not what I want!! Then another window — Windows Security Center warning me I don’t have any antivirus installed and yet Defense Center Installer telling me I need to uninstall my current antivirus software before it can install.
Ah!! What’s happening??!! I just wanted a recipe! First thing I do is restart my computer. Nope, that didn’t fix it. And now I have all these questionable icons on my desktop. Ugh… Next, I unhook my router adapter because if there’s something still downloading from the Internet, I want that to stop! Then I start to run McAfee Antivirus scan because I figure, hey, it was trying to block it. But partially through that my computer reboots itself. Hmmm….
Ever have one of those days?
Then I decide to go online on the other computer to look up this nasty little booger. Sometimes manual removal is necessary. The information I find is to run a malware program, such as Spybot Search and Destroy, which luckily I have and had actually just ran a scan last week. After several attempts to restart in safe mode, I went ahead and restarted in regular mode – I have too much stuff loaded on my computer and couldn’t get to Spybot S&D while in safe mode. Yes, I’ll be cleaning off some old programs this week!
And the happy ending to this story is that Spybot S&D found all my problems and fixed them and I went on to enjoy the rest of my day!!
Now I could go on about people who create these Trojan programs to cause disruption in peoples’ lives, but instead, I’ll thank the people who create the programs and definitions to STOP those trying to create hell and havoc. And remind you to make sure your antivirus definitions are up-to-date, as well as your adware and malware programs.