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2012-10-04 08:58:37 AM  
2 votes:

Great Janitor: Shakes999: Great Janitor: I'm on the fence on these. First of all, I would love to see these assholes arrested, convicted and have their hands cut off. Though honestly, that might be too good for them.

On the flip side, I know a lot of people who fall for these and pay me $200/hour to remove them from their machines, so the FTC cracking down on them is going to cut down on some extra cash I was making.

Chagrin: These "your computer is infected!" virus pop ups aren't the ones being targeted. These are telemarketing companies -- primarily based in India it appears.

Your "PC Power Speed", "Antivirus XP 2008", etc. companies are free to continue doing business as they have been.

What a country.

Oh...never mind, I was getting paid by people to remove the Antivirus XP 20XX shiat off their computers. So nothing is really changing.

/continue telling friends "if the antivirus you didn't purposely download is asking you for money to clear off all the viruses it suddenly found, don't do it
//Instead call me, I'll do it.
///$200/hour, or for a good looking woman, whiskey and a blowjob.

Wow, I am doing it wrong. Ive been fixing my friends computers for free for years.

However, I am fascinated by how sophisticated spyware and garbage has become, everytime I think I have a typical solution figured out, they surprise me and make me learn more about how a computer works.

The last one that stumped me was my buddy hit a page that installed one that was almost a mirror image of windows defender. Except it kept asking for a credit card. It had me fooled for about 5 mins or so. The only thing that saved my friend was the site that accepted Debit card numbers had already been taken down. Then you have to explain to them putting your debit card in to the first thing that asks is a bad idea.

The thing had the whole system on lock. It was because of it I learned about Combo Fix and RKill. When Malwarebytes just isnt enough.

I have a friend who works IT for a large corporation r ...


Great Janitor: Shakes999: Great Janitor: I'm on the fence on these. First of all, I would love to see these assholes arrested, convicted and have their hands cut off. Though honestly, that might be too good for them.

On the flip side, I know a lot of people who fall for these and pay me $200/hour to remove them from their machines, so the FTC cracking down on them is going to cut down on some extra cash I was making.

Chagrin: These "your computer is infected!" virus pop ups aren't the ones being targeted. These are telemarketing companies -- primarily based in India it appears.

Your "PC Power Speed", "Antivirus XP 2008", etc. companies are free to continue doing business as they have been.

What a country.

Oh...never mind, I was getting paid by people to remove the Antivirus XP 20XX shiat off their computers. So nothing is really changing.

/continue telling friends "if the antivirus you didn't purposely download is asking you for money to clear off all the viruses it suddenly found, don't do it
//Instead call me, I'll do it.
///$200/hour, or for a good looking woman, whiskey and a blowjob.

Wow, I am doing it wrong. Ive been fixing my friends computers for free for years.

However, I am fascinated by how sophisticated spyware and garbage has become, everytime I think I have a typical solution figured out, they surprise me and make me learn more about how a computer works.

The last one that stumped me was my buddy hit a page that installed one that was almost a mirror image of windows defender. Except it kept asking for a credit card. It had me fooled for about 5 mins or so. The only thing that saved my friend was the site that accepted Debit card numbers had already been taken down. Then you have to explain to them putting your debit card in to the first thing that asks is a bad idea.

The thing had the whole system on lock. It was because of it I learned about Combo Fix and RKill. When Malwarebytes just isnt enough.

I have a friend who works IT for a large corporation r ...



You run 2 free utilities (that you did not create) to remove malware for friends and family, and you CHARGE them?
2012-10-04 03:13:29 AM  
2 votes:
The scam was simple: Five of the six scammers used telemarketing calls while the sixth used Google ads to draw in unsuspecting customers - often by telling them they worked for legitimate firms like Dell, Microsoft, or McAfee

They called me at work to tell me my computer has a virus and I needed to go into the services and enable something (The computer i had at work is MS-DOS and had only heard rumors of an internet). I said, "Oh no, tell me what to do?" They told me to do something, I asked them to repeat it because my computer is really slow. Then I asked them to repeat that last part again and "what was that?" and " I'm having a hard time understanding your accent" and again? Finally, I said, "Oh I have a Mac." The Microsoft guy from India was dumbfounded.  Well for 20 minutes, I had fun at work.
2012-10-03 04:39:04 PM  
2 votes:
Good to see the FTC catching up to 1994...
2012-10-04 03:26:31 AM  
1 votes:
FTC investigation? In my scam?
It's more likely than you think.
Click here for a free legal consultation.
2012-10-04 03:01:19 AM  
1 votes:
I had one that turned on the file hidden flag on all of my files. All of them. Weirdest looking thing because everything still sort of works but the start menu is all but gone and you have to memorize everything in the command prompt.

No, a computer with 2,000 hard drive errors isn't going to work and your software isn't going to fix it.
2012-10-04 12:50:37 AM  
1 votes:
I remember getting a thing that said my copy of windows XP was infected.

I must have really sucked at securing my linux pc if my nonexistant windows partition was infected. :P
2012-10-04 12:38:42 AM  
1 votes:
I clicked on one of those once and I was married. He claimed that he was a computer guy and could fix my computer too, so I wouldn't get any more husbands, but he couldn't even do that.
2012-10-03 11:30:20 PM  
1 votes:
Just publish their names and addresses on the Internet.
They'll wish their father's sperm had never met their mother's eggs.
 
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