SCAM ALERT: New Computer Malware

There is a new type of computer malware that costs you time and money.

The new "scareware" not only bombards you with sales pitches, it also stops you from opening your applications until you buy its specific antivirus software. The attack pushes "Total Security 2009."

When infected, your computer will only run Internet Explorer, and only so you can go to the Total Virus 2009 shopping page. The software sells for $79.95. You can opt for the "premium" service which costs $19.95 more. Your computer is then unlocked, and you can use it again.

Experts warn against opening any unsolicited email.

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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Oct 20, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    For starters anyone that says that Macs are virus free is an idiot. There are still virus written for Macs and nunix/linux machines, but the vast majority of viruses are written for windows machines because windows has a larger share of the market. On top of that many of the virus writers dont write the actual virus but take viruses writen by others and add to them/change how it functions so that the anti-virus programs will not see the infection. Then when you take into account the numbers of people who dont keep there antivirus up to date or after they let the subscription run out they dont take a few minutes to find a free alternative.----.Well you dont have to buy the software to fix your PC but you do need to have another virus/spyware free computer handy. I am a computer guy and all I had to do was use Malwarebytes and Spywareblaster and I was able to take care of the problem on 2 of my customers machines.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Oct 20, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    I've been online since 1998 and (knock on wood) have never had a virus. I've had some spyware, but nothing that I couldn't easily get rid of. Don't open e mails from people you don't know and stay away from porn.
  • by BF Location: Greenville on Oct 20, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    Macs are no safer than PCs. The reason they are not plagued by viruses is not because the operating system is safer but that so few are in use that virus writers aren't interested in them. You can't disturb as many people writing viruses for a Mac as you can for a PC. If the Macs become more popular, the viruses will follow.
  • by jr Location: bath on Oct 20, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    yup, i got it. left home for three days, came back, turned it on, and there it was. it is in my computer man hands now, and i trust that the culprits are caught, and punished for this kind of extortion.
  • by Fred Lacey Location: Washington on Oct 20, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    CJ, Tech Guy. You're not helping. The fact is, I've been on the internet with my Mac for more than 24 thousand hours (13 years, 5 hrs a day). I have NEVER gotten a virus or ANY malware. When I need to run Windows, and I DO need to from time to time, I do so on my Mac... visit only the sites and launch only the programs I need to finish the task. Then it's back to my safer Mac environment.

    You can debate how they blow or suck or why they're better or worse, but they have served me well for many years.

    They are NOT trouble-free -- all hard drives eventually die, and your favorite program ALWAYS seems to crash just BEFORE you press SAVE -- but the amount and severity of trouble is like night and day, when compared to my PC/Windows experience.

    Your mileage may vary, just offering my experience.

  • by cj on Oct 20, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    My iMac is safe and works well so sorry to all of you poor PC fools out there that buy the cheapest thing and pay through the nose afterwards. Step up, buy a mac and save yourself time, frustration, and funds in the long run.
  • by IT Support Location: HERE on Oct 20, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    This is nothing new, just renamed. Remember antivirus 2009, same thing. Malwarebytes will get rid of it. Good story Heather.
  • by Dave Location: Beaufort County on Oct 20, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    I quit using Explorer years ago when I was inundated by spy ware. Use Mozilla Firefox as your browser. Most of those scams affect only Explorer.
  • by Tech Guy Location: Williamston on Oct 20, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    Mac's blow!
  • by Fred Lacey Location: Washington on Oct 20, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    Get a Mac. I've been virus and malware free since 1992.

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