Morning lovelies. :-) I'm sitting in Yahoo minding my business reading my e-mail and scheduling appointments when I come across a notification from ActiveRain support that my writers have new posts to be approved for my team blog. Cool. I click the link, log into AR, make a few comments, approve the post syndication and start trolling the blogs for my blogging buddies.
I see Lenn Harley did a reblog. Cool. I check it out. I click the links. Register. It says I have to check my e-mail to confirm. Okay. Back to Yahoo I go. I click the link. I get a confirmation page. Before I can close the tab out a new tab pops up entitled "VirusDoctor" and I get crazy screen showing a green program load bar flying from 0 to 100%
I rip the network cords out of the back of my computer.
I am staring at a new browser tab pissed the hell off because I don't know what this is. I have a triple firewall and double antivirus. How the hell did I get this? Adware.Win32.Winad? AdvWare.Hotbar? Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.dge? Trojan.Qoologic - Key logger? Sheur.ZSQ?
I freak out when I see the key logger shit because that is a nasty hack attack. I gotta go change all of my account passwords if this turns out to be true. The damn thing has the nerve to recommend "Click 'Start Protection' button to erase all threats."
I am not clicking that. It is inconceivable to me that Norton 360 would miss these and a few others. The tab claims that I have 10 critical and high threat viruses. Hmm... The interesting thing is the scan has been disabled on my PC Tools Antivirus but not Norton 360. Hmm... I am running Norton 360 waiting for confirmation that these things are actually on my computer while I stare at three red blinking warnings declaring 10 viruses found: 1 in my documents and 9 in shared documents.
Off I migrate to the laptop to write this while I wait for Norton to give me a report. Mike's computer and my laptop appear to be fine. We are sharing a five station router. My HP tower is the only one that appears to be under attack. Bummer. All my work is on there. I can't afford to lose a single file off that machine.
I don't know what this is and I hope it isn't crap to make me buy something that I do not need. I certainly am not clicking some strange button to "remove" something that appears to have been maliciously downloaded this morning. I am pissed off that my PC Tools wont scan this. Norton appears to be doing it's job. When Norton is done I'm going to use Evidence Eliminator to wipe all of the temp files with a department of defense scrub and digital bleach job. I don't want any temp files left anywhere... I am thinking clicking the "start protection" button will trigger a malicious installation. What say you?
WTF is Microscano.info and how did it pop up it's own tab on my Firefox browser to start this shit???
This better not be a fucked up advertisement for a product because I am soooo calling my attorney girlfriends about this unauthorized intrusion into my little digital world. I am stressed out beyond belief because Paralegals have to maintain the confidentiality of client files. Comprehensive scans and running computer forensic tools to track alterations and accessed files take a long time and I have a client I need to drive to an open house in Long Island. I just cancelled my gym routine to deal with this crap.
A pissed off Wordy C may be getting really evil with some stupid person later this afternoon... Seriously evil... I do not let people mess with my home office. It's how I pay the bills and feed my kids. Mama is really loaded for bear today. Will keep you guys posted...
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