MY LIFETIME FOCUS REMAINS THE HUMANITIES. AFTER MANY YEARS OF ACADEMIC WRITING AND A TWO-YEAR LAYOFF FROM BLOGGING, I HAVE RE-KINDLED MY INTEREST IN THE NONFICTION GENRE. I ENJOY POSTING A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION FROM MY PERSPECTIVE AND WELCOME ALL COMMENTS FROM READERS.
As you know, after a terrible two weeks during which time I
had to deal with a myriad of personal issues, I almost had it with the blogging
experience. On top of everything else, while I was knocking off some family
problems one by one, I was inundated with inappropriate ads on my website. It
was more than frustrating. I was unable to post anything to my blog without
first reading the ads that appeared everywhere. In addition, I was actually
prevented from using Blogger. While I blamed it on Blogger, it was clearly not
The culprit was a program called Solid Savings that
is not exactly classified as a virus, so it is not picked up by computer security
systems like Norton or McAfee. Instead, it is vicious browser adware attaching
itself to downloads that you actually request. In my case, when I upgraded
Internet Explorer, I was attacked. The
program was installed on my computer without my knowledge.
Solid Savings bundles itself with other legitimate programs, offering free upgrades. When people click the NEXT button
during install wizard on programs they do want, they frequently miss options
that offer this malware program. In other words, I downloaded it intentionally,
thinking that it was offered by Internet Explorer during a legitimate download
when it was not.
This monster corrupts
browser settings, replaces default search and home page URLs with
http://SolidSavings.com or other websites of its own interest. Thereafter, unwanted
ads by Solid Savings appear across all the legitimate websites consumers use,
especially online shopping websites. Ultimately, it can steal your personal
data besides showing spam ads.
In my case, I was unable to post anything or respond to blog
posts I wished to read without first clicking on the ad. I never intentionally
clicked an ad, but every time I tried to post or read anything connected with
Blogger, a different ad would open.
But happy days are here again! It is very easy to remove. If
you have Windows, which most of us do, simply go to the uninstall programs link
on your computer and remove it. I didn’t think of that at first because I didn’t
realize it qualified as a legitimate download. I was thinking virus all the way
and could not get rid of it.
In any event, be careful. Browsers like Internet Explorer,
Firefox, and Chrome are updating, and we tend to download the latest versions.
Be sure to read each option carefully before clicking the NEXT button during
the download. I might not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I am extremely
careful about viruses and spam, yet it got me good.
Dante told us there were Nine Circles of Hell. The 9th
circle was reserved for treachery by betrayers of special relationships,
including the likes of Brutus, Cassius, Judas, and Satan himself. He forgot to
include the moron who thought of Solid Savings.