Warning! Your PC Is Infected! Click Here To......Blahblahblah

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How many times have you seen that message appear in your life? If I had a nickel for every time I saw this message I would not be writing this blog. I would be playing golf in Florida or I could afford a full tank of gas instead of just getting a quarter tank.

It may be easy for some of us to see an infection and remove it ourselves but the vast majority do not understand what is happening when they see a message saying "You're infected!" They think they are truly infected and that this message is a savior, a digital deity, if you click here and scan, everything will be made right in the world again. The "digital deity," of course, needs money first, ranging from $29.99 - $79.99. This money will invoke the powers of his binary goodness and he will cleanse your pc from all wrong.

Not hardly! This kingly donation should never take place. You should close that web browser. Do not place your mouse on the browser to close it. Use the ALT + F4 method, which will generally close any active window or program. You can ALT + TAB between active running programs. Some of the messages do not arrive via your browser, but rather from your pc itself. You may get a message from your system tray.

Some of my favorites are:

Warning! Spyware detected on your computer.
Click here to remove all Spyware and viruses immediately.

Protect your system today.

Warning: Your security and privacy are at risk!
Message:  Spyware has been detected on your computer.
Click here to run a full system scan to protect your PC.

 By the time you see these messages, you are already infected. The message should read "Got Trojan?"

Do not panic, but it is time for action. There are still good programs in this world! Users can purchase reliable Anti-Spyware programs. There are also great sites on the internet for you to take advantage of at no cost to you.



The sites listed above are just two examples. There are many sites dedicated to help rid us of the "Digital Deity." Remember, do not give in to the temptation of clicking on a "Click here to run a full system scan to protect your PC" message. That temptation could lead to someone asking for a donation. And right now, gas prices are just too high for good working folks to donate :)

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