Whew! Last week I got a computer virus that switched me to a software company that sells spyware. If you choose to not use their program, it leaves a virus on your computer. Every time I tried to go to my spyware company, PC Tools and/or Spyware Doctor, a message would appear that the server could not be found or the web page could not display. Microsoft has a telephone message that there has been an increase in fraudulent spyware programs that take over your computer and then leaves a virus like described above. Also, no downloads from any type of spyware could be obtained. Finally I was able to get into Spyware Doctor thorough the safe/networking mode. However, that did not take care of the problem.
After many hours of my trying this and that I was able to get into Microsoft and a chat. It took fours hours today to get rid of the virus files. I was on the computer for about 3 hours when the tech guy decided he should call me because I had to restart the computer and I would lose him.
Still I had to go into the safe/networking mode to get to an online scanner which ultimately found the virus and deleted it, I think. I can get into the Spyware Doctor site as well as the Ad Aware site and the online scanner site, Eset.com; all of which was not available to me until the last online scanner.
Thought I'd pass along the above information should you find yourselves in a similiar situation.
One last word of distress: A pox on those programmers and software companies that use malicious means to mess up your computer.
Until next time, God bless you, my readers.