A close friend of mine first warned me about this. She said that while she was on the Internet, a pop up window appeared on her monitor and some sort of virus was downloaded onto her computer. She paid to have the virus removed. It returned a second time and she had to have it removed again.
I don’t know what kind of virus it was. But several months after it happened to her, it happened to me. That’s what prompted me to write this article.
A few days ago, I was on the Internet visiting a web site. Suddenly a pop up window appeared telling me I might have a virus on my computer. The pop up window contained two buttons: One button was for a remote scan of the computer and the other button was to close the window. At least, that’s how the buttons were labeled. But that’s not what they did.
The first thing that arose suspicion was the fact that the pop up window was not Norton Internet Security which I have installed on my computer. I was suspicious because I remembered what happened to my friend.
It didn’t matter whether I clicked a button or clicked on the ‘x’ in the window frame. The malicious software would pretend that I had two deadly viruses on my computer and bring up another pop up window asking if I wanted the viruses deleted. So I tried to close the browser. I couldn’t do anything without closing the pop up window. So I bit the bullet and clicked on the ‘x.’
Then the usual pop up window appeared asking me if I wanted to run a ‘virus removing’ program or save it. I didn’t want to do either. Again I tried to close the pop up window by clicking on the ‘x’. Nothing happened. I clicked on the ‘x’ to close the browser. Another pop up window came up asking me if I was sure I wanted to exit. I had no choice. There was no way out without clicking on the “yes button. I clicked on the button and shut down the computer.
After a few minutes, I booted up the computer and did a complete scan with Norton Internet security. While the scan was in progress, I got back on the Internet. I was lucky. Norton reported that my computer was clean. So what do I recommend? If this happens to you, disconnect from the Internet in any way you could; even if you have to disconnect the cable or phone line from your computer. Then turn the computer off for a few minutes.
If you received the virus, you will know it. When you get on the Internet, you will be constantly receiving pop up windows.
That’s only for the particular malicious software I almost downloaded onto my computer. But what about removing other viruses? Is it necessary to pay someone to remotely delete the virus?
The answer is no. First, perform a complete virus scan on your computer every few days. If your anti-virus software finds a virus, you need to peruse the different windows of the anti-virus software to find the name of the virus. Once you have the name of the virus, you can get on the Internet and go the the official site of your anti virus software manufacturer. Once you are at the official web site, search for the virus remover for that particular virus. Download the virus remover (it’s usually free) and execute it. Then shut down your computer.
This method works for viruses, Trojans, and worms. And it can save you a lot of time spent finding someone who can remove the virus.