The Pharmacy Chick

Flying the coup in retail

Not Mr Chick’s best moment ever…

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 10:51 pm on Thursday, January 6, 2011

A word to the wise…If you are going to ask if you should click on a pop up that shows up on your computer…its really best to do it BEFORE you click on it.

Case in point:  Mr Chick (to me)  “Honey, should I click on this thing on my computer? It says I need to install this security software packet…”

Me (to HIM)  ” NO NO NO, do not do it..its probably a scam ..never click on a pop up!”

Mr Chick.  “but it says Microsoft….”

Me (to him) “do you think they say they are viruses and scams??  Just close it….I mean it..dont click on ANYTHING!”

Mr Chick…”Um..what if I already did..”

Me…(silence)…(more silence)….”you didn’t did you?…you funnin’ with me right?”

Mr Chick:  (silence).

One completely highjacked computer , and a trip to a knowlegable geek and $xxx.xx dollars later….we have a much smarter Mr Chick who probably won’t even turn ON his computer without me over his shoulder…



Comment by KCflacpht

January 7, 2011 @ 3:28 am

My hubby did something similar a couple of years ago. Woke up one morning ( our computer was in the bedroom) saying-” the computer is acting funny, so I’m running *system restore*. That should fix the problems, right?

After leaping/flying over the bed, it seems he DID, and we then had to take said computer down for the “geeks” to salvage.(we had to pay big bucks to get it fixed too- even though I had the warranty. Operator stupidity they don’t cover!)

He had wiped the entire thing clean. Including the darn operating system! He now has strict orders not to do ANYTHING to the computer without asking me, or our son the geek first.

Comment by The Ole' Apothecary

January 7, 2011 @ 3:33 am

Mr. Chick, please listen to your lady in the future.

The Internet is like any street corner. You can meet anybody or anything there.

I am always getting messages telling me that there are 50 million dollars waiting for me in Ghana. I don’t care if they said that much was waiting for me in Georgia—it’s all bullshit.

It’s always Africa–why can’t someone tell me they have money for me in Dallas for once? Or, at least try suckering me in with a spot on earth that doesn’t have intractable poverty.

The online thieves must have found out that There are plenty of suckers out there, people who see this kind of spam for the first time and believe that it is real even though it is that proverbial “too good to be true” that you are supposed to ignore BECAUSE since it is too good, it is in fact NOT TRUE.

Comment by Dr. Grumpy

January 7, 2011 @ 5:57 am

At least it wasn’t a porn site. AH yes, the silver lining!….at least a porn site would probably only want his money…not trash his computer.. LOL

Comment by Mickey Blue Eyes

January 7, 2011 @ 6:59 am

As much as we (my department) try to protect our users from themselves, they still manage to infect their computers. Sure, they’ll call us to change the toner in their printer, but they won’t call us when they get a pop-up claiming they have a virus or need to install a patch or something.

The fake antivirus virus is the most popular that people get suckered in with. Nevermind that their computer already *has* an antivirus and we have a server to ensure that their antivirus app is kept current, if they get a popup claiming they need to install this antivirus program to clean their computer, they’ll install it without asking anyone.

It does not help that the virus coders and scammers have infiltrated legitimate online advertising networks. There was a case last year when a bunch of computers were infected with a virus when they visited the New York Times website. A scammer had tricked the company the NYT uses for their online ads and got their virus payload in the ad rotation.

That is why I run an ad blocker and a Flash blocker, to protect myself from malicious ads as much as to protect myself from annoying “punch the monkey”-style ads.not a bad idea…i hate those ads…I especialy hate any ads with motion…all a bunch of crap.

Comment by RxBoy

January 7, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

I have the real Microsoft Security Essentials on my laptop. I haven’t run across the fake alert…at least not yet. From what I understand, the fake alert tells you that you need to install a trial version of some other removal program in order to clean your computer. Then it says you need the full version and asks for payment. Kind of clever, I have to admit that I would have fallen for it several years ago when I was still a novice.yes to everything. Not only that, but it permanently hijacks your computer, and if you try to search for stuff (like google) it redirects you to sites of its choosing…AFTER you think you have removed it.. Before you “remove” it, it refuses your attempts to connect to internet. clever bastard.(pardon my language, but I can think of NO better word than that to describe these scumbags)

Comment by Dr. Grumpy

January 9, 2011 @ 8:28 am

Another reason to buy a Mac!

Comment by Aaron

January 23, 2011 @ 1:20 am

There is a real product called Microsoft Security Essentials. Everything about the real product’s interface though like tremendously different from any web popup. I like it, but you have to actually go to and look for it.

The moral of the story is learn what your antivirus’s warnings look like and only click on them when you are trying to.

That means when you get a random popup ignoring it, going to your antivirus and running your virus scan on your own.

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