Has anyone experienced a virus on your computer....Boy how annoying...!!!!!!!!!

@bjc66bjc (6745)
United States
January 11, 2012 4:49pm CST
I just purchased a new Gateway laptop three months ago, and within the month of getting it I got a virus...I started receovong email from my contacts with "no subject" so I thought it was ligit because it was from diferent contacts of mine but they were viruses...It never darn on me that they were not regular emails from people on my contact list... Anyway that computer is being repaired...I am on a laptop now but this one is so very slow...I will be back in business when I get the new one back.. But don't you just hate the thought of someone else invading your privacy to that extent that it interupts your life......makes me really annoyed....
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@celticeagle (119366)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jan 12
Well, live and learn I guess. The virus you speak of has been around along time. Maybe you should fine a forum online that would speak to you about viruses. I just started a discussion about one i heard of so maybe start on here. Do you have a good anti-virus on your computer? I would make sure of that. Check www.downloads for free ones if you like. Good luck to you!
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
12 Jan 12
Hi celticeagle, Happy New Year to you, thanks for responding...I do know that the computer has anti viruses but I just didn't activate mine b/4 I got the viruses....The person repairing my computer is installing an anti-virus... Thank you so very much..
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@celticeagle (119366)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jan 12
I would make sure that is kept up to date.
@LaDeBoheme (1992)
• United States
11 Jan 12
I don't even think of going online without an active and updated AV. As you have unfortunately found out, address books/contact lists can be hijacked and malware sent via your personal contacts. Be wary of things like a bunch of [No Subject] messages from multiple contacts who normally include a subject title or any subject that sounds out of character. I always use the preview pane before opening messages, even from my contacts. You never know, and you can never be too careful.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
12 Jan 12
hi LaDeBoheme, thanks for responding, and I will definately take your suggestions...you are right, one can never be to careful.. For sure no more "no subject" emails opened...
• United States
12 Jan 12
I have had emails from my personal contacts with a subject that just didn't ring right. By previewing them, I can usually tell if they're bogus. If in doubt, I will not...do not...open it. I do alert my contact that their address book may have been hijacked, so they can handle the situation.
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
11 Jan 12
Especially if they're doing it just for fun. I was not as unluckey as you. I just had to reinstall the operating system. Of course that was annoying too because I had to go on the websites and install some of the programs I had. and the bookmarks. But yeah, they don't have nothing better to do then destroy someone else's property.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
11 Jan 12
Hi marty thanks for responding but I am truly technically challegened when it comes to computers and what you said to me went right over my head, except your last line....LOL...I don't even know what a bookmark is on the computer...if I had any idea what you did I might could have went that route myself... But we at least are on the same page about these jackazzes who do the damage to others property....thanks again...
@mammots (3271)
• Philippines
11 Jan 12
i had a problem with a virus in my laptop last year and since i am not a very technical person i had to pay a technician to re program my laptop and install a more efficient antivirus. now i am very careful about opening my emails and downloading stuff from the internet. i don't trust anyone anymore and yes you are correct a virus in my laptop is sooo annoying!!!!
@mammots (3271)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
this is a very unique way of solving the virus problem bjc66bjc.... a secret code hmmm why haven't i thought of that... oh but if your anti virus is okay it automatically sends all "suspicious emails" to spam right?
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
11 Jan 12
Annoy is a soft term to use. It makes me very mad when this thing happen. I really don't know why there are unscrupulous people who not only intrude on your privacy but also intends to cause damage not only to your stuff, but your life as well. I've gotten several emails which contained viruses. I was fortunate that the viruses were probably not that strong since it was immediately blocked by the antivirus software I have.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
12 Jan 12
Hi beamer, thanks for responding...I am truly with you as far as those unscrupulous jackazzes...I am hoping when I get the other\ laptop back it will be a while before being taken over by a darn virus...if iver....thanks again....
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
11 Jan 12
I really wish you could hit a reply button and give it back to the person who sent it to you in the first place. My desktop is down now with a virus! I bought myself a net laptop though for Christmas as its getting older and I needed a new one anyway...but I miss it. It's like an old friend.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
12 Jan 12
LOL, I wish I had that reply button also...That would be lovely... unfortunately it dosen't exist...but its certainly a great thought. Good luck with your new la[top computer, I think...it sounds like you said its getting older so I am a little confused...But I do understand the feeling of an old friend,,,,,thanks for responding....
• Philippines
11 Jan 12
Okay what anti virus did you use..?When i first use my laptop i did not know how but i do not have anti virus in it so whats the happening was shutdown and i repaired it and the shop said was virus .... So now , i learn before to use go online i have virus protection.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
11 Jan 12
hi befrindwithme, Happy New Year to you...Yes I think thats what happen to me I did not activate the anti virus when I first set up my computer...But I have learn now,,,,thanks
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
11 Jan 12
Yes very annoying, I am lucky to have a friend that is a wizard when it comes to the computer and he looks after mine and since he has been looking after it I have just had a few suspicious things that sometimes get picked up as viruses but fortunately were not....
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
11 Jan 12
hi lilaclady, Happy New Year, thats a great friend to have...Its like having a policeman in the family..or friend thats a lawyer.....that friendship is priceless... thanks for responding.....
• United States
25 Jan 12
I haven't had a virus on the computer that I've been using for the last 3 years as yet. However, I've had viruses happen on computers of mine in the past, and it was very annoying and expensive to fix. Often times I had to have everything wiped out and have my hard drive replaced. It's just one of those tough things that happens. All we can do is try to protect our computers to the best of our abilities.
@RamRes (1725)
• Argentina
17 Jan 12
Happened me a few times already, and yes, it's really annoying. But never to the point of invading my privacy. Anyway, that damn thing make me leave my work for a while to take care of the virus, and since it already bypassed my antivirus I had to do it by hand. A nice technical challenge, but not when it's on my own machine. The worst infection I ever had was one that seemed to damaged my system so badly that it was crashing every few minutes, so a full reinstall was necessary.
@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
14 Jan 12
Have I? Ouch, so many times! Experience is the best teacher - and now I really have a big concern with my computer's security. I always update the latest version of anti virus, never installed anything suspicious, do the regular virus scan, and such. Now I can happily say that virus wasn't annoying me much anymore in the past months..
@myzhian (586)
• Philippines
13 Jan 12
there are some application that can wipe away viruses on computers, or you can also anti-virus software to avoid them!
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
13 Jan 12
Yes it is rather annoying to say the very least. Especially when viruses come in so many shapes and sizes, and there are just going to be a lot of frustration to try and figure out what is actually infecting the computer. Then we have to consider the steps that are going to be taken to really deal with it to say the very least. And viruses can sneak onto your computer if you're really not careful. What is the worst is you are one of the "fortunate" ones to get struck with a brand new virus that someone got whipped up. Before the various anti-virus providers that have discovered. It has happened to me one time and it was lucky I managed to figure out how to purge it from my computer, but it took many days, much help, and a lot of four letter words that I can't print here.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
It is so bad when our computer or laptop got hit by a virus. I really hate it. I experienced it once and I was really having a big problem on how to get away with it. So bad that I have to reformat my computer and install again windows.
• China
12 Jan 12
Keeping care with those mails you dont know is very important for your computer security, you should also know the virtual world is really dangerous, real world as well. Many many trap there always abstract your Curiosity, beauty girls, handsome boys, easy money and so forth.
@phoenix89 (385)
• India
12 Jan 12
My laptop had got virus attack within three month of purchasing. I have no idea how. But the most funny thing is I had anti virus installed at that time. Whenever I had scanned my laptop it showed no virus found. So I guessed something is wrong with this anti virus, and I installed another one. It showed me almost 20 malware. I was just lucky enough that it got fixed by changing the anti virus only.
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
12 Jan 12
Yups, we've got to be very careful when opening any emails. Most viruses come from emails. Today, I feel that my pc is a bit slower than usual. I tried to open my facebook with firefox but to no avail. Some of my files stored in the root of my domain is also missing. It's strange. Luckily I have Smadav antivirus installed and I had the pc completely scanned. I found hundreds of viruses. I suspected the site that offered me help to spread my blog in hundreds of search engines. I signed up and since then on I got several emails. I was not suspicious of those emails, so I opened them.
@smacksman (6074)
12 Jan 12
The problem is falling for the talk that these hackers dish out - it all seems so legitimate. So don't be too harsh on yourself for being taken in. Many others have too. You can have anti-virus programs and firewalls to protect you but if you get taken in by the smooth talk and actually invite the hackers in, there is no protection out there that will save you.
@myzhian (586)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
Yes, I had experience having virus on my laptop, good thing I know how to fix it!
@webgirl01 (693)
• United States
12 Jan 12
I've experienced viruses/spyware on my computer. Yes, its annoying. And slows down computer. You should get free Anti-virus and free anti-spyware tools to get rid of those unwanted things. Viruses suck. Bleh. The first one was about system shut down i remembered and told my prof about it and he said something about blue worm virus and gave me a link or ms patch to fix and delete system error shut down box. I also remember getting unwanted emails and junk.