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Beware of Personal Secutiry Virus

Story ID:5712
Written by:Nancy J. Kopp (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Manhattan KS USA
Person:Nancy Kopp
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As a public service, I want to let you all know about a virus my computer received yesterday. I was just getting ready to post on my blog when a box popped up telling me I had all kinds of awful things on my computer. It was so real looking and with what they said, I did the dumb thing they hoped for. I panicked! Clicked on a box to clean all this up and as soon as I did it, I knew that I'd been had.

Soon, a box popped up telling me they'd get rid of this awful misery on my computer for a mere $59.95. All I had to do was subscribe and send them the funds via my credit card. And that credit card number is exactly what they wanted.

By this time, I knew I had to shut things down and send for the sheriff and his posse. Which today means calling my computer repair shop! I took the tower down there and Rick, my trusty computer doctor said he'd get rid of the virus/worm and have it ready for me today. Which he did, bless his heart.

When I went to the shop to pick up the tower, I told him I was so irritated at the people who do these things and wondered why they cannot be found and prosecuted. He said that there are two reasons. One is that the US has been slow to pass laws dealing with this kind of thing and the other was that so much of it comes from foreign countries where our laws do not apply. He assured me it was not a virus that sent itself to everyone in my address book. That it was strictly meant to get my credit card info. Still, it makes me very angry.

I also asked Rick why my Norton anti-virus had not caught it. He said few anit-virus programs catch these things. Makes you wonder why you pay for the service.

But I'm back on track, although nearly $100 poorer after paying my bill.

Pleae be alert and watch for the Premium Security hoax/virus/worm.