I was plaqued with a computer virus yesterday. A pop-up message appeared with a number to call Microsoft about the problem. Since my browser locked up I didn't really have much of an option. I called and before long I had some some person with an Indian accent claiming to be a microsoft employee going through my computer to find the problem. I watched him as he got into some of the program files and deleted a few suspicious files. He fixed the problem and then tried to sell me an expensive virus protection package. I just had to send in a check.
Now I know what you are thinking, why the hell would you let them into your computer. I've actually had a little experience with these guys before when I was trying to switch over my domain name. They don't seem to be in the criminal mind set, just trying to make money by selling you programs that one could download free. They actually did fix a few things with the domain name issue, but had a strange address to send the check to, it didn't make sense…so I never sent a check. And wouldn't you know it the guy claiming to be the Microsoft tech expert gave me the exact same address to send a check to. Looks like I won't be sending a check this time either.
I did a little research on the internet and found out that these guys are doing this quite often trying to sell people programs that are normally for free on the internet. I don't do any banking over the internet so there is no links from my computer. The only thing I have are large picture files, no use to the average criminal.
Well from this I decided to get the anti-virus software. Problem being they require a newer operating system than what my iMac has. So today I'm downloading the latest version for my Mac and then the Anti-virus program. For the longest time Apple has been free of viruses, but now-a day more and more spyware is coming into the Mac scene.
Over the last week I've been working on some figurative practice pieces, all 16x12