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My little ghoul

     I have been on the receiving end of the “trick” part of trick-or-treat. C did something very bad on the computer today. Talking to predators? Nah. Posting mean videos on YouTube? Nah. Looking at porn? Nah. Just clicking on one of those annoying little messages that say “CLICK HERE for virus protection NOW!” which immediately shut down the computer after downloading some nefarious files. It booted back up, and then I mistakenly clicked on a message that came up upon rebooting, and downloaded the rest of the viruses myself. From that point I couldn’t do anything – I couldn’t get get into my virus program nor get anywhere on the internet.

     It’s now 6 1/2 hours later, $100 later, and we are back online. I watched with great trepidation as I gave remote control over to a Symantec/Norton employee who was likely working from India. She swiftly maneuvered around my desktop, deleting and reconfiguring all sorts of wicked looking files. All my settings have been altered, and everything looks weird. But I’ll leave that for tomorrow (actually, now today, given it’s almost 1 a.m.) to figure out, along with some new restrictions on C’s computer use – at least until he learns how to fix his own gaffs.

October 31, 2008 at 12:38 am 7 comments

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