I never got a chance to say goodbye before I left for Spring Break to some of you. The reasoning why is something you would never believe either, just the timing alone really struck me. The evening before I left for work for the night (1:15am) ...and leaving for vacation that following morning after work I was hit with a virus. I would say about 10pm it showed up, three hours before I needed to leave for work. My stress levels instantly shot through the roof. I didn't have time to deal with this shit but I had no choice.
This happened last week and only been able to talk about it now so my memory isn't completely accurate here. I have never encountered a virus like this one though. I was on my netbook that runs WinXP Pro since Win7 is too much for it to handle. My task bar started prompting like crazy saying a multiple of messages all dealing with my computer being under attack. Few things from memory it said, I had a multiple of viruses, worms, and a supposed key logger in my system. On top of that it said all my information would be lost. Just prompt after prompt after prompt. My task bar was basically lighting up like a Christmas tree. It wouldn't let me do anything either. I tried opening up AVG, Search & Destroy, Malwarebyte's. Nothing. The programs would not open up. So I tried reinstalling one of them to try to bypass the bullshit going on. It said system admin had disabled use of installing, something along those lines.
So then I decided to go into Safe Mode with Networking and try to do anything there. Nothing. It kept forcing me to install this virus program it was prompting me with that disguised itself as a actual Windows program. Tired, frustrated, at a lose of what to do as I'm looking at the clock nearing the work hour I finally caved in and called my friend who do this sort of thing for a living. He was able to remote host with me using Team Viewer and basically killed the source of the problem.
The ironic thing is it's a virus that attaches itself to web pages, only it's not a real virus. It does no physical harm to your computer as far as deleting files or anything. IT will however trick you into thinking you need to purchase this program to get rid of the problem. A credit card collector program that has been making the rounds from what he told me. To be on the safe side I canceled my credit card to see one charge had already been made. Apparently this program was able to access certain key logs of bank information.
I had the charge disputed when I got back from vacation today since I wasn't too earlier due to the charge being in pending status by Chase. There was no issue at all since they said they been seeing a lot of them lately and asked if I do them a favor and speak to their main corporate office personally. I explained the source of the problem to one of the high ups in corporate office who was quite intrigued to know more of my personal experience with the problem. He said their looking into it now thanks to my additional information and would have me credited back in less than 24 hours.
I feel like a hero in a way but at the same time I need another vacation from my vacation. I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone on here to look out for this. I'm gonna have my friend type up a detailed report of what he did to get rid of it as well later on. If you need help, let me know.