Monday, August 25, 2008

Beware of Antivirus XP 2008

ATTENTION: DO NOT BE FOOLED!

I downloaded an evil virus a couple days ago called Antivirus XP 2008. It enabled 286 separate viruses to access my computer!!! The virus downloaded 300 MB of malicious files into my temporary folders and 312 extra Windows registry values were conceived. OK, so in plain English, these nasty lil' viruses controlled my computer's settings and options for my operating system, which means they controlled what information I was able to access and collected data (username and password, cookies, etc.) from my computer.

So how did this happen to savvy little ol' me? No, I was not downloading PORN! I was just surfing the web minding my own beezwax Googling for work-related articles, when all of a sudden I recieved fake security alerts and warnings that said I needed to install an updated version of antivirus software. I immediately closed the dialogue boxes because I had a feeling it was a virus. Unfortunately, I was not able to open Internet Explorer because the page failed to open and I received a pop-up prompting me to purchase the latest antivirus software. I know, I know --- you're thinking no idiot would fall for that, right? But this idiot before you did because I desperately needed to access the Internet and didn't have any time to waste. Besides, the security alert looked very convincing so I panicked and whipped out my credi card. Within seconds, my wallpaper changed and all my folders were being scanned and I said HOLY$#*T!!!

I didn't know what to do, so I called my one and only tech-savvy computer geek of a friend Phippsy! Phipps is sitting besides me now installing an opensource virus scanner, a spybot thingy, and some other nerdy things he mentioned that I can't remember for the life of me.

Three hours later...my computer is disinfected! Thank God! Now, I can access my Facebook and upload some new pics from Jamell's 27th Birthday last weekend.

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