Friday, October 10, 2008


Previous Entry: Ten Things Tuesday 10/07/08

It saddens me to say that it's highly possible my computer is very sick. I'm having great difficulty using it, whether it is connected to the internet or not. A nasty little message keeps popping up informing me:

Your computer is infected!
Windows has detected spyware infection!
It is recomended to use special antispyware tools to pervent data loss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you.
Click here to protect your computer from spyware!
Now friends, a couple of things I would like to point out to you:
  1. I added the bold and italicized purple to emphasize the spelling choices of the person responsible for informing people ~ myself included ~ of their misfortune. I did NOT, however, add the misspelling of "recommended" and "prevent". You'll notice the correct spelling here. It's nice to know that the "Windows" people have hired such competency to aid in time of computer crisis.
  2. I added the giant bold orange to the existing exclamation points because nothing says "DANGER!" quite like orange can say it. I did NOT, however, add all of the exclamation points! If you read this blog often, you know that I do love the exclamation point. I can get as excited about things as the next person, but seriously??? Read the statement out loud exactly as the "Windows" people wrote it. They have apparently hired enthusiasm as well, again a necessary skill to aid in time of computer crisis.
So...what to do? What to do? I have not clicked the "warning" because I'm pretty sure that is what actually downloads the virus. The problem lies in the boxes that pop up every time I try to do anything on the computer, whether it be online or offline. The above mentioned is the smallest of three boxes. The other two are much larger. Much larger. And they pop up a LOT. A lot. I'm going to estimate that in the time I've taken to type this, they have come up at least twenty-five times. At least.

(Red indicates anger, don't ya know!)

So, my apologies for unanswered comments, unvisited "Ten Things" lists, and un-participation in your blogs. Manuevering around the pop-up warnings is taking time that I haven't had available this week. It is adding a great amount of time to accomplish any task on the computer, however great, however small. They are also causing the computer to just freeze-up completely, requiring a hard shut-down. In light of this, it might be a few days before I can respond to you. Please do not take it personally, and please know that I love visiting your blogs and leaving you comments! I just need to take care of this problem first.

In addition, I am going ahead and scheduling a "Ten Things Tuesday" post for Tuesday morning. I haven't used the "scheduled post" feature before, so I'm not sure if Mr. Linky will be working on Tuesday or not. Please come share your lists here anyway!!! I truly love reading them, and they are always such a blessing. It may take a few days, but I will visit them and you! If Mr. Linky does not work for some reason, the please just place your link in the comments, and I will add them to Mr. Linky when things are back up and running on my end.

Have a very wonderful weekend!



mholgate said...

Pop ups ARE annoying, aren't they? :)

Have a good weekend!

aloted said...

lol @ the spellings from "windows"...

i hope you are able to sort out ur pc soon..

Cammi said...

You need to download a spyware remover. I would recommend Ad-Aware by Lavasoft. It's free and it works! Hopefully you can fix it yourself since you didn't actually open the file. My husband works on computers for a living and he is constantly cleaning computers up...nasty spyware people!

Joanna Ashlock said...

Cammi's right, you do need a spyware remover. I also recommend Ad-Aware. I also recommend AVG Anti-virus software. It is also free and can be scheduled to run each day. You are probably right that the pop ups are what download the virus. Also, those pop ups weren't written by "Windows" they were written by the coders who created the virus. Hence, the misspelled words. It is annoying but hopefully they will stop after removing your virus. Good luck, girl! We can't have you offline too long--you're our motivation for Ten Things Tuesday!

Liz said...

oh - I've been through that - we finally got to the point where we re-installed everything - good luck getting it all worked out!!

Mrs. Querido said...

You could try a different browser too. I had a million and one pop-ups (which I unfortunately clicked on because there were no spelling errors, so it looked official) on Windows Internet Explorer but when I switched to Mozilla Firefox, it all went away...Praise God!

I love the fact that you pointed out the spelling!

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