Now I’m not talking about self defense for you, but for your computer. As some of you know, I’ve had some major issues over the past few months. I hate those sneaky, stinking computer virus and am now on a mission to help as many people as I can avoid what I’ve had to go through.
Here is a little of what I’ve learned from the experience. If at anytime you are on the internet, minding your own business and a little box pops up telling you that a virus has been detected and you need to run a spyware scan immediately, stop! Don’t pass go, Don’t collect 200 dollars and whatever you do Don’t click anything! Even if the message appears to come from your trusted spyware program. Turn off your computer immediately! Hopefully you’ve saved what you were working on, but even if you didn’t the consequences of trying to will be worse. Trust me. Mine came up saying it was from AVG. And yes, I clicked the X to get it off my screen so I could continue with what I was doing. Little did I know that is all it would take to download the virus from H-e-double hockey sticks!
Most of you have a great anti-virus program installed on your computer. For those of you who don’t or would like to add a few more, I had two recommended that are safe and best of all have a free version. I’m using them both now along with the AVG. I was amazed at how one would catch something the other two did not.
SuperAnti Spyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html
According to my trusted computer technician, these viruses are on the rise and getting trickery by the second. Rules for internet use I will now live by to save my precious information and my sanity:
- Be very weary of links included in emails no matter who they say they are from.
- Never click on those annoying pop up ads.
- Run my anti-virus programs regularly and install those updates!
- And BACK UP everything, EVERY single day!
I’m clean now and plan on staying that way! And a huge “Thank You” to all my very understanding friends and family!! 🙂