All was peaceful.
All was comfy.
Until...DS disturbed my deep slumber yesterday morning.
"Mother, I've gotta go out today!"
Groggily, I replied. "But, it's raining."
" I have to!"
"Come here, I'll show you."
The clock beside my bed read a few minutes past 8 o'clock. It was time to get up anyhow. I shuffled into the dining room which has evolved into command central over the years and our beautiful Ethan Allen table used as a desk. One day things will be different, but that's a story for another time. I plopped down in front of DS's computer.
He pressed the power button. "There is something seriously wrong with my computer."
"What's the problem?"
"I don't know. There was a pop-up with lots of words...."
"Was it a blue screen with a file name?"
"No. Just wait, you'll see what I'm talking about," he fidgeted worriedly.
The computer flashed a blue screen. Next, his desktop background with no icons and then this warning message appeared....
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After a few seconds the pop-up disappeared, but I could not do anything on DS's user period.
My instinct told me this was a virus. I quickly darted to our Mac and checked with my buddy, Google and sure enough my suspension was accurate.
I restarted the computer intent on bringing the system up in SafeMode, but the function key didn't work properly. Instead of waisting the restart, I decided to try logging into the admin user. It worked with no problem what-so-ever. The computer's response time lagged slower than usual. Another symptom the system was corrupted.
Once the computer was up, I went online. Norton has a virus & spyware tool called Power Eraser, which I downloaded. After installation, I followed the prompts to do a scan. A single file was marked as "BAD", which I immediately removed.
A system restart message flashed in order to complete the process. After getting the computer through that phase, I wanted to make sure any threat that could have been there was not hiding elsewhere on DS's computer. I updated Anti-Virus one more time (its set to do Auto Updates) and performed a "Full" system scan. This took some time to complete. Finally, after Norton's deep inspection through more than 600,000 files, the only flags waved were from a handful of trace cookies.
A sigh of relief washed over me. This could have been a huge mess. Thankfully, we were spared any real hair pulling and gnashing of teeth with this ugly bug partially locking down DS's laptop.
Just a friendly reminder, be sure to always keep your computer's security program up-to-date and run a deep scan regularly. Malware is malicious!
1. Has your computer been infected with this particular malware or other crimeware recently?
2. Do you have computer protection software on your system? If so, tell us what you do and do not like about it?
Visit Miss Jenny and the rest of the Alphabe-Thursday classroom for more homework assignments of the letter "M" and while you're hopping around, be sure to play along with Miss Amanda in her latest edition of Thursday Two Questions.