Beware of Free Software Downloads
If you don’t know how to do it safely, and I obviously don’t, then you’d better ask someone who knows the trick because that’s the time for browser hijackers to gate-crash your browser. It’s happened to me before but this time it’s been quite vicious. Some hijackers are so cunning that even when you find them in your computer as a Default Browser and remove them, they’re still stuck there as your browser when you open the Internet. My Microsoft technician searched for it everywhere and finally decided to create a new profile for me in order to get rid of the pest and to stop further corruption of my files. This trouble started on 9 March when I downloaded the VLC media player, and I’m still not out of the woods. The hijacker appears under the name of FindWide, but you can look far and wide, you won’t find the pernicious trickster.
In the meantime, I’ve used all my daytime Internet allocations and cannot continue with the repair until 1 April when I get fulltime access to the Internet again. Not much blogging for me until sometime in April. I’m posting this early in the morning, at 2:50 am, but can’t do this every day, of course!
This time I’ve learnt the lesson well: I’ll never download anything for FREE again! I’ll ask someone more knowledgeable in IT matters to do it for me.
Happy blogging to you all!
Cheers 🙂 Irina
Inspector Mufti on duty, searching for browser hijackers
© 2014 Irina Dimitric
Only last night I was thinking of you and wondering where you were! This isn’t good new, Irina, but it could be worse and I’m GLAD it isn’t! ❤
Yes, it could be worse and I’m very grateful it isn’t. Thanks, Susan, for sympathising. 🙂
P.S. Zsa Zsa Budik strikes again. I have a hard time with wordpress and leaving comments. I’ve got a half-dozen accounts, it seems, and all with different names.
Hello Zsa Zsa! I’m sorry to hear you’re having problems with wordpress. How come you have so many different accounts?
I enjoyed the post.Hope you are doing O.K.Jalal
Thanks for reading my post, Jalal, and I’m glad you enjoyed it.
The inspector is on it, I see! Issues with computers are never fun, are they? Glad you learned from the mistake, as that brings value to the experience xx
You’re right, Christy, the mistakes we make are our best teachers. Thanks for reading and commenting. xx
Hello dear Irina;
This kind of thing has happened to all of us, so you don´t need to feel special… It is more common than you may think.. And you´d rather be cautious with spam at wordpress… Particularly when they comments have links attached…
But well as you have well said you have learnt the lesson well and you I’ll never download anything for FREE again! … After all, we do now know it wasn´t for free (not at all.!)..
Okay then sending you hugs for your day, Aquileana 😛
It wasn’t for free for sure, you’re right. It’s costing me a lot to have this thing rectified. My Outlook is still not working properly, so the laptop will spend the weekend with my IT technician.
Thanks for the hugs, Aquileana. I need them. Hugs back to you.
Cheers 🙂 Irina