Friday, September 23, 2016

Virus scare

The other day, I did something stupid. I knew better, I had been told enough, warned my son not to do it, but I blundered in and did it myself without thought. I clicked a link on facebook that was not a known site. It looked harmless enough.
All of a sudden all hell broke loose! My computer was blaring BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP and at the same time a man's voice was telling me that I had a malicious virus. "Don't shut your computer off," he said, "Call the number shown for instructions how to stop damage. If you don't do this, we will have to shut your computer down from here before the virus gets our system!" Meanwhile, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP. I was going nuts. Windows defender was displayed on the screen.
I shut the computer off. When I turned it back on - BEEP, BEEP ...
I called my son in a total panic.
He answered the phone, and I hollered, "Help!" as BEEP, BEEP, BEEP continued in the background.
He had me shut the sound off and walked me through getting rid of it, after I explained. I had scared the bejesus out of him. He was in busy town traffic on his way home from work. He was sure I was dying.
I apologized all over the place and we talked after he was home, off the road. 
I scanned the computer, it took over an hour. No virus. Probably would have if i would have called that number. 

Then there was this thing on the news about Yahoo being hacked TWO YEARS AGO! So I had to change my password - I have no idea if that will take care of it or not. I don't trust the things they can send over the internet anymore. More garbage to worry about. 

On another thought, I ordered a movie for DH and I to have a date night. (Yes, we do live daringly) I ordered "The Revenant." When I told him what we were going to do, he said he wanted to see "The Revenant" before he saw anything else. Do great minds think alike or has he hacked into my computer himself? You have to admit that's pretty strange. (I figured I would shut my eyes or go to the bathroom for the bear scene.)


Have a great weekend y'all!

14 comments:

  1. Yes they are all designed to scare the poop out of you. Usually if you don't do what they tell you too your ok
    There are less virus's for the mobile apps so I've become a little slack about them lately.
    Now have a nice cuppa and a rest. Too much excitement isn't good for us mature ladies xxx

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    1. I have definitely learned my lesson! I'll think about it for 5 minutes before clicking!

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  2. I hate things like that! Glad you didn't fall for calling the number they said and that your son was able to walk you through it.

    Hope you enjoy the movie. I liked it but it was definitely bloody and violent. Not something I'd want to see again. Knowing it was a true story makes it all the better and what they went through to film it.

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    1. I didn't want to go until I heard the particulars then I changed my mind. I just won't watch the bear ...

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  3. If you had called, they would have you let them take over your computer to get rid of the virus and then you would be righteously screwed.

    I'm with you on this computer stuff...can;t live without it, but scared to use it for some things.

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    1. I believe we have gotten a bit ahead of ourselves with the technology. Too many people have the potential to ruin their lives by the striking of a key, scary stuff even when you think you know what you're doing.

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  4. You did the right thing by NOT calling that number, that's how they get you. I heard about the yahoo hacking on TV news last night, but switched off before hearing it was two years ago. Lucky you to have such a clued in son.
    And I shall continue to stay away from facebook.

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  5. Good for you that in your panic, you didn't let yourself get scammed. Have fun watching Leo crawl through nature in the cold and snow. I think I would go to the bathroom while he slept inside his dead horse. I rather wait for Poldark, but, still date night sounds like a lot of fun.

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  6. I get that crap a lot and immediately shut everything down and give my anti-virus a chance to work. Yay for not having a crashed computer. :) I want to see that movie too!

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  7. I wrote this big long comment on here while on my iPad, then I erased it all before I published it. How nice. Let me try again.. on virus... what a scare! Glad you were able to get it all taken care of. Great that you have a computer whiz for a son! I seldom have real urgent messages like that on my mac. But I should not jinx myself by saying that! Gary and I once had date night at two different movies (same theater) and I was able to see the last 30 minutes of The Revenant when my movie ended earlier than his and I convinced the theater guy to let me go in with Gary and watch the rest of his movie. I also (in my erased comment) asked what you would snack on ... pizza? popcorn? But then I see on fb that you are having pizza. Yay! Enjoy! No monkey business now, ya hear?!

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    1. I liked the movies, but just couldn't watch the bear part. He bought a large supreme pizza.

      Monkey business? HaHaHa!

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  8. That has not happened to me but I would never call a number, I would turn it off and take it to a good computer tech.

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