An Anti-virus That Was Actually A VirusThis isn't happen to my computer but it happened to a family member's computer. It was a time that I was out of town at my mom's house when I got a call from my brother-in-law about his computer being affected by a virus. He said that an anti-virus was automatically running to fix the problem. The issue was that the anti-virus that he was talking about was not the anti-virus that was not installed. It was one of the cases that some sites would open and then a virus scan would be done, saying that it is an anti-virus but it is really spyware. Well, my brother-in-law downloaded the program and now the programs keeps on popping up, saying that there was still viruses in the computer. I came back home a few days ago with a flash drive with some real anti-virus software from a reliable source (it was AVG anti-virus). I ran the software but the evil anti-virus was still popping up (most likely in the registry, which would be a pain to get rid of). Anyway, there was only one way to get rid of it. I had to format the hard drive and reinstall the OS. I consider it a loss as the anti-virus software didn't get rid of the virus.
Moral of the story: Note your software and beware of the fake anti-viruses out there.
There are some programs that could look useful but they are not. In my computer, I had a program that I thought would speed up my PC but I did nothing but made silly icons that didn't do anything and it didn't even uninstall properly. I had to format my hard drive and reinstall the OS too.
I won't let viruses pwn me. I got ESET anti-virus. It works silently and it detects viruses in real-time.