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  •  Yikes. (7+ / 0-)

    Tip from a techie: Don't EVER click on a "free scan" from a anti-virus company.  Many of these "scans" actually install things on your computer that allow pop-up ads and other weird behavior that motivate you to buy the anti-virus software that you never needed in the first place!

    Here's an interesting article in Wired this month on one of the first companies to do this.

    •  We had this happen. Nearly brought our computer to (1+ / 0-)
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      a standstill and when we called the anti-virus company (which was naturally in a foreign country) we were told that they can't stop everything and if we wanted our computer cleaned up (remotely) it would be $90 additional dollars. What were we paying for in the first place? Since the two boys are out of the house now, we get far fewer unwanted popups. They clicked on, downloaded so much stuff with no regard to what it might do.

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