My little ghoul

October 31, 2008 at 12:38 am 7 comments

     I have been on the receiving end of the “trick” part of trick-or-treat. C did something very bad on the computer today. Talking to predators? Nah. Posting mean videos on YouTube? Nah. Looking at porn? Nah. Just clicking on one of those annoying little messages that say “CLICK HERE for virus protection NOW!” which immediately shut down the computer after downloading some nefarious files. It booted back up, and then I mistakenly clicked on a message that came up upon rebooting, and downloaded the rest of the viruses myself. From that point I couldn’t do anything – I couldn’t get get into my virus program nor get anywhere on the internet.

     It’s now 6 1/2 hours later, $100 later, and we are back online. I watched with great trepidation as I gave remote control over to a Symantec/Norton employee who was likely working from India. She swiftly maneuvered around my desktop, deleting and reconfiguring all sorts of wicked looking files. All my settings have been altered, and everything looks weird. But I’ll leave that for tomorrow (actually, now today, given it’s almost 1 a.m.) to figure out, along with some new restrictions on C’s computer use – at least until he learns how to fix his own gaffs.

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  • 1. goodmum  |  October 31, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Wow. This is practically a blogger’s worst bloggy nightmare! 😉

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  • 2. Jesch  |  October 31, 2008 at 8:45 am

    EGADS!

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  • 3. FXSmom  |  October 31, 2008 at 9:15 am

    😆 i’ve so been on the same end of this one. We now have the kids with a parental controlled log in on the computer that bans downloads.

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  • 4. robinaltman  |  October 31, 2008 at 9:34 am

    That’s a bummer! Once Alex’s friends snuck into Kevin’s room during a party and downloaded porn. (At least that’s Alex’s story, and he’s sticking with it.) Now Kevin gets pop ups every two seconds. He’s installed a bunch of anti virus things that have helped a bit.

    For future parties there is a strict “no kids upstairs” policy. I thought I was monitoring the little pervs. Guess not!

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  • 5. looksgoodinpolkadots  |  November 2, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Ick! This is why I LOVE my MAC.

    The laptop is a Windows PC and I defrag weekly, run spybot and adaware daily and have Avast antivirus on all the time. These are all free programs you can get… Avast pops up and alerts me when something is detected and it shuts the intruder down right away.

    Hope you get things figured out soon!

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  • 6. mama mara  |  November 3, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I wish I could find the little mofos who write these viruses and give them all atomic wedgies. Grrrr.

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  • 7. looksgoodinpolkadots  |  November 11, 2008 at 10:20 am

    @ mama mara- tehe… that’s awesome.

    Darcy- I linked you for a seven random things meme. 🙂 And I’m being good and following the rules (hence the comment to tell you).

    Cheers!
    Jamie

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