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.