Friday, November 7, 2008

Norton Eats Worms...yum!

We somehow got a worm on our computer a few days ago. I have no idea how it happened, but all of the sudden I kept getting kicked off the internet. It was also freezing up a lot and jumping to other websites. All of the sudden, a really big "Warning: Your computer is in danger" sign started popping up like crazy. Uh oh! I knew I had a virus of some sort.

My first thought was that this pop-up message was fake. I looked closer and saw the Windows symbol, so I figured it was legit. I went on the website to check it out and run the free scan. It found several issues...but of course you have to pay to fix them! I almost ordered it (anything Windows is good, right??) when I remembered that I have Norton Antivirus! I quickly got off of the website I was on and ran my Norton. It found the virus....which was posing as an Antivirus software!!! This little worm was faking a virus to get me all annoyed. Then, just as I was about to totally freak out, Super Worm flew in pretending to be a Windows Antivirus software that could get rid of the virus to cheat me out of my money! The nerve!

Naturally, standard Norton couldn't get rid of it...I had to buy Norton 360! $69.99 later (I extended my coverage as well as getting 360), I was able to get rid of the worm.

I really like Norton 360. It cleaned up a bunch of my files and took care of the worm immediately. Now, I am completely clean again. There's even a file back-up system that is included in case your computer crashes and you lose your files. With our history, this feature is rather enticing!

The downside? Mr. Norton is a little overly cautious, and I haven't quite figured out how to tone him down a little. Right now, I can't put any links or videos into blog posts. This isn't a big deal for this blog, but it is a HUGE deal for my school blog! I was getting very frustrated trying to post some electricity sites and imbed a few Flash games.

I went into the set-up tabs to see if I could figure out how to get Norton to allow them, but my knowledge is limited when it comes to that kind of stuff. I'm going to have to call on the president and CEO of Stacked Systems, LLC (AKA my dad) to help me out with that one. He'll probably say that Norton 360 is a waste of money...and it probably was...but now I know I'm protected and hopefully I'll stay that way...even if that means not being able to post links!

I love you, Norty...but no need to be so overprotective! I'm feeling a bit smothered right now...

****Disclaimer: It's been a long week, it's 10:30, and I'm in a random mood. Hence, this might seem a little odd. I'll probably laugh when I reread this tomorrow! :)

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