So the kids come home from school and have to do a research paper on the 2nd battle of some place in some lost and forgotten time. They beg you to go to the Library, but why do that when the family computer is right here. Now while your kids are busy doing research they often inadvertently go to a site that may be of questionable origin. In these cases they often end up with something that you’d rather not have on your computer. Sometimes these things they “aquire” are easy to remove and sometimes they are not.
In this day and age almost all of us have heard of Viruses which is why you probably have a trusty antivirus loaded onto the machine you’re reading this very article on. Just about everyone knows that you can get one and it will to quote my non technical buddies “do bad things.” Many of us have heard of spyware, or malware which can bog down your computer and make you send it to the “tech buddy” you know or the local computer big box store. In addition a new breed of insidious program has been released which acts like it is your best friend and is saving your PC from all threats both foreign and domestic.
One such program is called the System Restore Virus. System Restore Virus is another virus intended to look as legitimate software. This is a completely fake computer program and is in no way affiliated with Windows or Microsoft. The bad thing about this virus is that it shares the same name as the legitimate Windows System Restore tool.
While technically a Virus this acts like it is from your computer and is alerting you that you have many issues. It of course can solve all your worries if you pay them a fee. Of course you will NEVER want to actually pay them as they aren’t the most upstanding programmers in the first place (unless you thing building a program that says you have fake viruses is on the up and up.)
Now if you ever get this program don’t panic. It starts doing lots of crazy things. First you will see lots of icons hidden on the desktop. You won’t get to many files or programs in the start menu. And your system is going to start running very, very slow. And you will get constant pop ups saying that basically your machine is on a countdown to a major meltdown.
Never fear however, several great programs like Spyware Doctor, and Malware’s programs can be used to remove this. If you’re an advanced user you may also remove this by going into safe mode and removing the registry entries. Lastly if all else fails you can simply visit your computer pal or local Big Box store and have them fix it.
Which means next time the kids want to do a research paper you may think twice about taking them to the Library?