So I found out why all of these people have been calling me about that annoying rogue anti-virus when I turned on the news. People will never learn.
A new virus based in e-mails with the subject line "Here You have" began running rampant Thursday, hitting corporate America hard.
So far, the virus has already been sighted at ABC/Disney, Google, Coca Cola and NASA, several individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Comcast was forced to shut down its e-mail servers entirely after being hit, a spokesperson said on Twitter.
E-mails that carry the virus contain a link that encourages readers to click on a PDF document file. But rather than a PDF, the file contains a Windows script that transmits a virus and spams the entire contact list of the person who opened the file.
For those of you that don't know what this means, and how you can stop yourself from getting it I'm going to tell you and give you a few simple safe rules of thumb to follow while browsing:
1. EVEN IF IT IS YOUR FRIEND SENDING YOU A "pdf or word document" PUT YOUR MOUSE OVER THE FILE LINK AND LOOK AT THE EXTENSION (pdf, doc, docx, etc.) If it says PDF or docx, you're good to go.
2. Stop clicking those damned pop-ups. You are not going to win the lottery from clicking one, I promise.
3. "But I don't want to pay for an Anti-virus!" is the most retarded thing I've ever heard. Download Avira AntiVir, it's free and in my personal opinion and in the opinion of many others it has been the current leading antivirus for awhile now, better than your beloved nortons and mcafees.
Pretty simple, browse smart and stay safe.
Let me know what other free alternative anti-viruses you recommend, drop me a comment and I'll check em out and let you know what I think.