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!