Yesterday, all of a sudden and out of the blue, these pop-up messages came from "Windows Security" warning me that I had a virus. The pop-ups were official looking, some red in color, and they increased in speed, popping up, asking me if I wanted to download Antivirus Live to get rid of what was wrong with my computer.
I could not access Internet Explorer, my Trend Micro PC-cillin Security software, AOL e-mail -- NOTHING! Every time I clicked an icon on my desktop, a new pop-up message would come up, warning me that I am infected, promting me to download Antivirus Live now, which, by the way, costs about 50 bucks.
I turned my computer off and on a few times, but the Windows Security messages kept coming, increasing in speed. It even threw up a page saying that I was downloading porn. Then I got another huge window of two naked women engaged in sexual activities. I felt helpless, wondering when the Feds would be knocking on my door.
Fortunately, I have a couple computers. So I went to my laptop and searched for "Antivirus Live" and soon found out that it is, indeed, a virus itself, one that needed to be taken care of immediately. After a little research on Google via my laptop, I downloaded something called Spy Doctor on a thumb drive, took it over to my desktop, and ran it. It removed the virus called Antivirus Live.
I was feeling so strong and in charge of things yesterday until last night. Then I got a message from Spy Doctor, after a Spy Doctor scan, that said my desktop had a lot of hidden problems that needed fixing, and that I should pay Spy Doctor 50 bucks for the "full" version to clean up my desktop. I decided to then uninstall Spy Doctor. Though it did fix my computer, I don't like being tricked into buying software I may not need.
I share this with you all in case it ever happens to you. I was a little bit scared yesterday that something major was going on with my main desktop computer, a Dell XPS. Spy Doctor did get good reviews, but I also read that it is a power hog on one's computer.
Lesson Learned: Don't be fooled and/or tricked into buying unnecessary software.