Sunday, January 25, 2015


Well,  I have avoided the flu so far this winter.

Not so for my computer.

Some kind of infection wormed its way into my MacBook Air.

My Mac!

The virus had the effect of keeping me out
of any site I might have any desire to access.


the very site that brought me the virus
offered to diagnose and fix it all for a fee
of unspecified amount.
(How thoughtful of them!)

I decided to take it to a real person
who, fortunately, got me back on track.



  1. I think I sent you a message that my virus protection software kept telling me that you had a virus when I linked onto your blog. Since it never got past my Norton I went ahead and read your posts! Glad you have gotten ride of it. Whenever you get a browser search page with this type of ad is it usually not a good sign.

  2. I've been getting a message about a "sweet orange exploit kit" or something along that line when I comment. My Norton software blocks it so I haven't worried about it. Though it did come up again today. Hopefully it's on my end...I'll run a scan shortly to ensure it gets cleared.

    Have a great week!

  3. Sorry to hear about the virus, but I am glad you got the help you needed.

  4. Thank goodness. You were wise to seek the help of a professional, or least someone other than the guy online.

  5. We are quickly reaching a point where we can't trust anything any more. We'll be afrain everything is a scam.

  6. You can't beat a "real person". Glad to know we are not totally obsolete:) Happy you are back in business.

  7. That sounds like the hostage virus. So glad you didn't pay the ransom. Glad it is over and that you have a good computer guy there.

  8. I thought the reason people had Macs was that they were immune to everything of a virus nature.
    Something like that got into my computer AT WORK! ...and we had to call the computer guys, who got it fixed about halfway. I still can't get into some programs and have to go to somebody else's station to do some tasks.
    Computers are like basic electricity in this way: when they don't work I just don't know what to do with myself.

  9. Glad you got it fixed and back up and running. Viruses are scarry.

  10. So glad you're up and running, but I wonder why my Norton always alerts me when I go onto your site. I see this:

    Category: Intrusion Prevention
    Date & Time,Risk,Activity,Status,Recommended Action,IPS Alert Name,Default Action,Action Taken,Attacking Computer,Attacker URL,Destination Address,Source Address,Traffic Description
    1/26/2015 11:45:41 AM,High,An intrusion attempt by was blocked.,Blocked,No Action Required,Web Attack: Sweet Orange Exploit Kit Website 20,No Action Required,No Action Required," (, 80)",,"HOME-PC (, 63596)", (,"TCP, www-http"
    Network traffic from matches the signature of a known attack. The attack was resulted from \DEVICE\HARDDISKVOLUME2\USERS\HOME\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\APPLICATION\CHROME.EXE. To stop being notified for this type of traffic, in the Actions panel, click Stop Notifying Me.

    Maybe it's the virus, but I've seen it every time.

  11. Your vaccine (i.e. antivirus software) didn't work?

  12. Sorry it happened but I am glad that it was your Mac rather than you!

  13. What? Your Mac? We just bought one and hoped that it would not be affected by viruses as much like my PC. Sigh...


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