Gold Coast, Australia
July 18, 2012 3:03am CST
By Spyware! Some low life scammers managed to get through my computer defence and totally disabled my computer yesterday. I was happily working away, checking out websites of customers and Firefox flickered. It went away very briefly but then came back. I thought nothing of it until about ten minutes later I noticed my computer was working as if it was doing it's weekly scan. Which it should not have been doing! I then came back to see all these warnings all over my screen saying that my system was in extreme danger. These all looked like legitimate Windows messages so I was immediately worried. It seemed as though my computer had deleted all my files too. Luckily I rang my IT guy straight away who said it was a scam. He said that this thing infects your computer giving all these warnings and then when you follow the links attempting to repair, it then tells you that your subscription is not up to date. After that it apparently takes you to a page where you can pay to update your warranty or whatever and it will get rid of the problem! He has had a few customers fall for it sadly. So I took my computer into his shop, he fixed it while I used my laptop for a day and I got it back today right as rain! I was fortunate enough not to lose anything. So, be prepared and never pay for anything that seems like it may be in the least bit suspicious. Especially never give out any details to anyone if they contact you and you do not know them or have not previously made contact with them. Have you ever had anything like this happen to your computer?