A Virus, a Trojan, a Worm

We were watching a movie called The Snatch and I got confused between Jason Statham and Vinny Jones.

I googled Statham and printed his picture. Then I googled Jones and tried to print his picture.

All sorts of odd things started happening on my laptop.

A popup popped up on my screen. It was called Security Shield and it said that I had 26 viruses, Trojans and other, unhealthy nasty things on my computer. It listed them.

Did I want to clear these from my system now? Yes or No.
I clicked No (I was suspicious – I have the full McAfee and I’ve never had any problems before).

Are you sure? Click here to clear these viruses from your system.
I clicked – Yes, I’m sure.

I carried on working. Every two minutes Security Shield popped up again offering to clear those nasty viruses from my system. Some of the text was in pidgin English. My files could be read by third party. Did I really want other people excessing my private files?

I kept clicking – Go away. Leave me alone.

And then I must have lost the plot.
I clicked Yes: Clear the viruses from my system.

And up popped a new screen, asking me for my credit card details ! Aaaargh! Security Shield wanted $79 !

At that point, I panicked.

I disconnected from the Internet and tried to get back to work. But every two minutes or so, Security Shield flashed up onto my screen – obscuring my work, and telling me how dangerous my position was. Did I want to clear those 26 viruses from my system? No.

Are you sure? Yes.

I rang my son, who’s a professional computer wizard. He came round and restored my system from an image from 24-hours earlier.


2 thoughts on “A Virus, a Trojan, a Worm

  1. smsarber says:

    Security Sheild is a scam. Google it, and all the links you will see tell you it’s a scam, and how to remove it from your computer. My father-in-law paid for it when he got the Internet a couple months ago. He thought it was a real anti-virus software. Then he started having problems, so Crystal and I researched it. I don’t know why they haven’t been reported to the Better Business Bureau yet. Don’t ever click “Yes” on a virus-alert pop-up unless it’s from McAfee (or whatever antivirus you have then). That’s my opinion. If it pops up, it’s a virus or malware, not a legitimate thing.

  2. euclid says:

    Thanks, Steven. Good advice as usual. I should have known better. My son said so, too.

    He really is a wizard with PC’s and networks.

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