Hi, Thanks for dropping by.

My name is Eileen but to friends in the card making world I'm known as 'ikki'. (which is pronounced I-KEY) From where or how this came about I'm not sure - it just got shorten from my original craft name of Ikemo by various friends along my crafting way! I started crafting whilst recouperating from an accident, and from my first attempts with peeloffs and paint - I was hooked! Now my passion is my BUG! and now BEADING!

In the Cupboard you will find ideas, news, tips and techniques to help you get more from this fab little machine. So come in - join the fun and Cuttle with me!

Monday, 4 January 2010

Hi , Thanks to you all for your good wishes and I hope the New Year proves to be a good one for us all.  I have not started the year too well because when I returned from holiday my PC would not work!  Today is the first day I have been able to get back on line after a clever man put me right!  Apart from my monitor packing up, dust clogging up the processor fan, and also a loose connection, I had also been hit by a virus.  This virus I must tell you about.   

I had been thinking for some time that with all the blogging I do, I should have a better system of internet security (ie paid for).  So when about 3 weeks ago AVG (as I thought and  whose free version I had used for over 5 years) informed me of an updated version (9.0) I decided it was time to do something.  Being offered a 30 day free trial seemed the best way to test out this paid version and I had the opportunity to revert back to the free one.  NO, not possible!!!  AND, it was impossible to uninstall the update because the virus just kept backing it up.  The free trial was a bogus virus somehow attached to AVG.  I had all kinds of trojans, scareware, spyware, worms etc., etc.  Good job I found that clever man!!!  I seem to be functioning okay today, but I'm well and truely behind - so I will post today's tutorial asap, but in the meantime wanted to let others know of this scam...I was lucky....I did not paid the asked for £50 for a 2 year cover which did not exist, but I did have to pay my clever man to get rid of it!  

For your info:  "Personal Antivirus is a rogue anti-spyware tool designed to deceive people into payment for its registered commercial software, no matter how illicit it's tactics may be.  PA propagates through backdoor Trojans or insecure downloads on the web.  The latent intrusion is always followed by PA launching its misleading campaign on your computer.  It means you will keep getting multiple alerts and scanners trying to get you alarmed about the security of your PC."  The message must be  - beware of pop ups and make sure the sites you visit are the sites you think they are! 

Back asap.    


Chrissie said...

I'm so relieved to see that you are safely back in Cyberland my friend. What it is to have a little man when you need one!
Thanks so much for the tip about the virus, it's SO easy these days to believe what you see, when half of what's there isn't really what it purports to be... if you get what I mean!!
Long may your fab blog flourish and have a great 2010!


Merry said...

Oh that is not fun...we somehow picked up that virus last year and it is just so annoying. So glad to see you back online.


Thank you so much for sharing this useful info. Eileen - it really is quite a worry as this sounds like a very convincing scam.
Having paid "a little man" to get rid of a very nasty virus on my PC a couple of years ago, I know how upsetting it is. I do hope you won't have any more computer problems now, and wish you all the best during 2010.
Love, Sylvia xxxx

Vickie said...

Hey Ikki! Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year to you too!

We got hit with that virus last February. Made a mess of stuff, but like you, we cleaned it and then bought real virus killer stuff;)