Monday, March 8, 2010

Hijacked!

Ok...

The good news: my blog was compromised, all right -- but not by a virus. So if you follow my blog, you don't have a virus spreading mayhem through your computer's metal veins.

The bad news: my blog was compromised -- by a rogue program called malware that automatically tries to send you to different websites, instead of reading my stuff. (Not that my musings are that brilliant, but...)

The good news: it seems to be gone now, thanks to some preventive work on our end, and a complaint to Blogger. What it is:  AntiSpyWare.Xpantispxware . Husband, my local IT expert, has some suggestions:


If you believe your computer has been infected, you can check it by doing an online scan from Norton at:
http://www.symantec.com/norton/support/premium_services/pc_checkup.jsp  .  Another place to check is at McAfee at: https://home.mcafee.com/Secure/Protected/Login.aspx?appid=73.
 
If you don't already have antivirus protection installed, I would highly recommend it.  You can get it free from Avira: http://www.free-av.de/en/trialpay_download/1/avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.html or from AVG at: http://free.avg.com/ww-en/hot-topics.num-2379.
 
Also, make sure you have Windows Firewall enabled unless you have separate firewall software running.
 
My webmaster has double-checked the Brickworks and Classy Girl websites, and they're fine. 
Thanks for hanging in there with me. Hope your weekend went well.

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Zzzzzzzz...

After four hours at Tuesday Morning's checkout line today, I can honestly relate. Okay, maybe a nap AND a cookie.