Al and Peggy's Corner: We Were Invaded Last Night, Warning You Could Be Next!

We Were Invaded Last Night, Warning You Could Be Next!

We Were Invaded Last Night, Warning You Could Be Next!

Seriously we were invaded last night.
Not by aliens, no nothing that would be so much fun. We were invaded by another computer virus!


Virus warning sign Virsu detected sign

No we didn't log onto any suspicious looking sites or open one of those weird e-mails or pictures saying we were tagged in a photo. We were simply trying to spice up a blog!

The writing part was all finished and the highlighting done and we thought 'let's add a picture', but we didn't have an appropriate one.
So we searched Google for free pictures. Yep, that's when it happened. We found what we thought was the perfect photo to add, clicked on it and zap, it nailed us. Just like that, no fuss, no muss.

We now every few seconds we get this flash on the screen that says we may have a virus and need to download protection. 
The flash notice is accompanied by a squawking pig sound.  We think this is the viruses way of trying to get us to buy their protection program but no thank you. We will dash over to the store and buy another program to remove theirs. 

We Were Invaded Last Night, Warning You Could Be Next!



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Comment balloon 15 commentsAl & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers • December 30 2010 09:35AM


Yes I have gotten that virus to. Spy hunter removes it . Or you could find the infected file. Then shut down your PC. Come up in safe mode. Find the infected file. Rename it and then delete it. That works too depending on which on of these things you got

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( over 8 years ago

Hi Al & Peggy, I hate those things. I subscribe to iClipart for those times my own photos just won't do. Saves a whole bunch of aggravation I have to tell you.

I hope that little bugger is gone and dead by the time you read this comment.

Now get over to iClipart and sign up....

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the warning and also thank you All M ountain Realty for the advice.

Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy,

I wish some people had better things to do with their lives than try to come up with a virus to destroy and harn innocent people's computers.   I am glad you avoided this one and thanks for the warning to be careful. 

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, Good luck knocking the critter out! 

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 8 years ago

Thanks Charlie for the advice, we are worried for us to do it, that would be skating on thin ice. But they are good options. 

Thanks Andrea and will head over there ASAP!

Your welcome Allen and yes Charlie gave good advice, we need to learn more about this stuff!

We still can't figure out what kicks they get Gerry, After all they don't see how frustrated we get!!

Thanks BLiz! We are calling in the Ghostbusters!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

OUCH! Since we rely on our computers so much these days, it's especially frustrating when one of these buggers invades our world. I hope you're able to get rid of it without too much frustration or time lost.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

Al... what type of "pictures" were you looking at ;-)

... jk, I too, have a internet security program that scans both websites and downloads before allowing me to proceed.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Al & Peggy, I have come across something similar but it looked like my computer was being invaded by a hundred viruses (it freaked me out!) and then it stated how to rid them with their product. I hit escape and did a full system scan and Noton took care of it...I haven't looked at the free stuff ever since! The best to you in getting that resolved!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 8 years ago

Al & Peggy - That's happened to me before as well and I absolutely hate it when it happens. 

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the warning Al/Peggy.  It's scary how easily/quickly your PC can be infected.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 8 years ago

I recently had the same virus.  I have good up to date virus protection but it got past it.

Posted by Maureen Fukumoto, Maureen (Help-U-Sell Realty Pro) over 8 years ago

Al & Peggy, I haven't picked up on of those, but I have others...nothing too serious yet.  That's really kind of scary...I guess developing your own photo library is the way to go...if at all possible.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 8 years ago

Hi Al and Peggy - It is very important to know the message style and dialog box displays used by your own virus protection program to help protect your computer from viruses.

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

I too use Iclipart all the time but had started hunting around recently for freebies.  Thanks to your warning I wont anymore!!  Iclipart is very reasonable and I have been using them for a couple of years now. 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago