Friday, January 25, 2008

I got rid of that virus

In case anyone was wondering:  I ran my AVG anti-virus several times on the laptop; finally after searching Google for solutions, I saw that somebody suggested running Ad-aware or Spybot after the virus-scan was done.  That combination got rid of the pest.  Those are all free programs, by the way; and recommended by some of the wisest computer techs I know.

The virus I had was a Trojan by the name of Spyshredder.  It disguises itself as an anti-spyware, anti-virus program, and it lied, telling me I had dozens of dangerous things on my hard drive.  Every time we turned on the laptop, it would pop up and start doing a fake scan.  The only way to get out of it was to click and buy an upgrade (oh yeah, I want to give MY credit card number to somebody who invents a trojan virus) or use ctrl/alt/del.  Needless to say, I'm doing a happy dance now that it's gone.

In my daily Bible reading, I finished Genesis today:  I find it interesting that Genesis starts with a grandiose "In the beginning, God...", and creeps quietly out with "a coffin in Egypt".  To me, that's sort of a description of the beginning and end of a human life.

10 comments:

marainey1 said...

Every beginning is grand and we think the ending not so, but if we look to the promises of God, the end here on earth will be a new beginning and will be greater than we could ever imagine.  Glad that virus is gone for you.  'On Ya' - ma

breakaway1968 said...

I told my hubby that name and he said he has seen it several times...he said be aware of any antivirus that you don't know because people are making virus's now in the form of antivirus's so people will fall for it.  I didn't even know that!  I never click on anything tho...if something pops up I yell for hubby lol. Now that we have a MAC that never happens anymore...I love it!   If your not sure you can drag your mouse over it but don't click on it...it will usually give an address of where it's from on the bottom left screen (usually where it says "done" when something is done downloading and you can sometimes tell if it's lagit or not.  SO glad you got rid of that and you found ad aware.  We use that all the time and it's never let us down.  

suzypwr said...

Glad you got rid of that little pest!

xoxo

magran42 said...

I'd never thought of that before but you are right.  Don't you just love the way the Bible changes to meet us where we are.  A coffin in Egypt.....but it won't be the last heard of me.  Yea!  

dbaumgartner said...

So glad you are Trojan free. lI use AVG and other free products and I find they work pretty darned good.

Deb

lanurseprn said...

Congrats on fixing your computer. Good job!
Enjoy your reading.
Pam

gen0507 said...

Congrats on getting rid of the virus.

Hollie

tpiez4me said...

Yay bye bye bad virus!  I like Ad-aware and spybot!  

helmswondermom said...

Glad you got rid of the virus.  I use AVG and Spybot also.
Lori

csandhollow said...

I use Ad Aware and Spybot. What 1 misses the other gets.