Last night I was browsing some blogs and went to download a freebie photoshop template from a perfectly trustworthy blog. Turns out the site she used to provide the free download (also a trustworthy site that I have downloaded things through before) was infected with a virus. Note that I didn't even end up clicking the download button, it happened simply from visiting the infected website.
Many of you probably know that often viruses are designed to look like your computer's virus protection program. It will pop up and tell you that you have a virus and that immediate action is necessary. It can look pretty legit. What I didn't know is that the only way to avoid downloading the virus onto your computer once this happens is to immediately go to your start menu and shut down. Even clicking on the x in the corner of the pop up window will still download the virus. And once that happens there's no going back.
We had to take our computer to Best Buy this morning and $350 and 3-5 days later we'll have our computer back. ($200 to get rid of the infection, $150 to backup all our files). I really wish I had known to shut the computer down instead of clicking on the x in the corner of the pop up. I just wanted to pass along this info in case any of you experience this. Remember they can look very legitimate, so if anything pops up telling you you have a virus just shut your computer down immediately, don't click on anything. The Geek Squad guy at Best Buy said these things are running rampant right now and you can pick them up anywhere so be careful!
Anyways, I'll still be blogging because we have another computer, in fact tomorrow I'll be announcing our new contributors, so check back!