"Spyware Protection" is telling me I have all these issues and must buy their program and blah, blah, blah. "Spyware Protection" isn't a program, it's a virus. And I did know enough to know that. But I was depressed as hell and just not in the mood.
So I ended up popping some popcorn and when Cedric got home (he was doing church work), we watched a few movies and that was that.
I got up early this morning to call C.I. because I'm never sure what time she and the rest leave Boston on Saturdays. I caught her while she was running (with Wally and Mike) and she told me how to get around it.
In case anyone ever has the problem, reboot your computer. Immediately when Windows comes up -- IMMEDIATELY -- pull up Task Manager (Control-Alt-Delete) and immediately highlight "Defender" then click on "end process." That will stop it and allow you to use your computer as normal for a session. It does not remove the program, it just allows you to bypass it.
C.I. asked me what I was using on the laptop for protection. I had Norton and McAfee but they both ran out some time ago. She asked which I preferred. I said McAfee. And she recommended the "AntiVirus Plus 2011." She said it should have a warranty with it and a refund. So I said I'd go look for it at my local Target. C.I. suggested Office Depot and said if I'd do that, she'd get someone to explain it to me when I bought it to make sure it was what I needed. So I said sure because that's a lot easier and we have one less than 20 minutes away from us.
So I went there late this afternoon and explained I was there to pick up McAfee and to hear some about it and the guy at the desk asks, "Are you Ann Wilson?" I knew C.I. was going to call but she actually put the cost on her card so thank you so much, C.I.
So then I came home and worked on that. And I think it's fixed but I'm waiting a bit to call C.I. and make sure I did everything right.
So that's my story. A very tough work week and then computer problems. Sorry.
If I can sure one thing, don't panic if you get a message about viruses. If you panic, you're apt to buy whatever the virus encourages you to in order to fix it and that's just a scam. "Spyware Protection" looks similar to AVG. It's the same color but it's on a shield. I had AVG on here and I may have installed Spyware Protection myself by a message popping up and my thinking it was AVG. But you can get it without installing it.
Anyway, hope everyone had a better week than I did. (We had another round of layoffs, I was not laid off.)
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"