Over the last couple of days while gathering, out of no where, pop-ups were popping all over my screen while I was reading or commenting on my connections articles. It started out as starware.com ads, then it progressed to ads that asked me to download the latest spyware antivirus to protect my computer. It stated that I may have a virus. Although I am not a computer programmer, I'm computer savvy enough to know not to download anything from spyware.
Yesterday my computer began slowing down and the pop-ups became more severe. I went to internet options and placed my pop-up blocker on high alert and removed all detected pop-ups. However, this did not stop them. I also noticed that everytime I came back on the internet, Starware would be back.
Ok, now I was getting really perturbed. Finally, while at home this AM, I tried again to connect to Gather. This time I could not connect to any servers. Nothing Natta. I tried Stephenking.com, writers digest.com, HBO.com, etc. Every time I googled, I was let down.
Yes, I know, as upsetting as it is to write, My laptop at home is infected with a Virus and I'm angry as all hell! I ran my antivirus program, and twice it stated I was not infected. Yeah right!!! On the third try it found one, calling it a Trojan Horse. I never saw it coming!!
My question to all, HHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEELLLLLPPPPPP! I'm at work right now since my office PC is the only way I will be able to Gather for the time being. Are they any quick solutions or do I need to pay for the professionals to come in? I tried to repair with my Antivirus program, but I've not been successful. Could this all have started from Yahoo Instant Messenger? It was set up two weeks ago by a certain family member, who will remain anonymous at this moment!!!
Any suggestions please let me know. Thanks!!!