Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
There is a string of "viruses" out right now that will completely take over your computer. These make it hard to even restore your computer, as they block just about everything that they can. There are ways to avoid these and most people don't know that they aren't safe which is the main reason for the wide spread rogue. They look just like a legitimate antivirus or scan tool, however they are a virus of sorts in themselves. They will pop up on your screen and tell you that your computer has viruses on it and you need to download and run their scan, and although it is not something you need to download to have your computer infected, DO NOT do this.. it will ask for your cc # and the hackers behind the rogue will now have access to your cc info. There are many different types but they are all basically the same, or similar looking. Even though you have an antivirus program already installed, such as Norton or Mcafee, this does mean that you are exempt from this hoax. Tips for keeping your computer in good health and your personal info safe... keep your antivirus definitions up to date, run a complete scan on a regular basis, do not open any suspisious emails, do not enter any financial info into any pop up window. In addition to the above, depending on what antivirus you are using, don't trust any other "removal tool" Norton and Mcafee will always have their logo on their popups and in rare instances that they do pop up, it will not be in an overwhelming manner. Go to www.download.com and search for antimalware malwarebytes. Download and install this, run the full system scan, do this on a regular basis and you should be ok. Just avoid anything that is suspicious. If by chance you run into this pop up removal tool, disconnect your internet connection leave the window up and run a system scan with both Norton and the antimalware that you downloaded. Between the 2 of these it should be caught before it is too deeply integrated into your system. Also, always make sure that you have your most important files backed up, just in case a restore is necessary. I hope this helped out and raised some awareness about these rogue viruses that are running rampant lately! Be careful!
Here's a few screen shots of what to look out for
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