Monday, March 02, 2020

Unwanted Behavior

I couldn't resist taking a screenshot of this email from my computer's virus protection program.

It all started with me wanting to play a game on the NYTimes crossword game page. I was using my Safari browser because the game doesn't load on Firefox. When I went to the page and clicked on the game a message came up telling me I needed to download the latest version of  Shockwave, a multimedia platform that allows interactive game playing. Well, there was something about the request to download the application that looked suspicious, but I did it anyway. It was early in the morning, and I was not thinking clearly. My virus program immediately alerted me that the download was not safe. So, I put the file into the trash. Then my virus protection program sent the above email about the file. So, I emptied the trash, cleared my computer history, turned the computer off, and then restarted it. I read the email and signed into the Virus protection site to see what damage I may have done to the integrity of my secure computer. This is the message I read there:


It says, "This application is not malicious but has potentially unwanted behavior, such as adware." "Unwanted behavior!" That made me laugh. I went from being a girl child to a woman in this world. Unwanted behavior was something I experienced on a regular basis from guys shouting things from their cars when I was walking along the street as a young teen, to male bosses doing all the things that the #metoo movement is all about, to other things I don't really need to share here again. But it really did make me laugh.

My virus protection program made me wish we all had something like that in a filter around us so we can walk safely through the world. And if it was really my dream high end virus protection program I wouldn't ever have to think about COVID-19. I sincerely appreciated that program's vigilance. It did a great job. I hope all of you have applications like this on your computers. 

20 comments:

  1. I'm NOT clicking that link above.
    All the way across the country from you, Sophos gives me the same warning (not quite as fearsome as your initial warning, but it's that "not malicious" warning) every time I turn on the computer, because it doesn't like the driver on my backup disc. I ignore it. Sophos is excellent software and I'm with you about wouldn't it be great to have something to protect us from toxic men and flu viruses.

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    1. CCorax-- I deleted that comment. I think it was spam. I've never gotten that message from Sophos before. I was pretty glad to have them being so vigilant for me.

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  2. You can add another item for virus control...loony politicians.

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  3. your post prompted me to run my malware program and look for malicious or unwanted behavior. I had a major invasion a couple of years ago and had some hot shot genius friend of my nephew's come over and clean it all up, AND send malware to the jerks who invaded my computer.

    But yeah, all that unwanted behavior. A lifetime of it. Yuck.

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    1. Tara-- I thought of you as soon as that message came up. I remember that invasion on your computer. Lesson learned on that one. Oy.

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  4. Wonder if something is going around. My different virus protector flagged me after I entered a site for the Miami Herald. Like you I backed out in a hurry.

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    1. Patti-- Well, I was trying to play a Ken-Ken which is a math game. I think it may be the only game on the NYTimes website that requires Flashplayer, which Adobe has stopped supporting. So, that may be why there are issues.

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  5. Well that WOULD be a worrisome message to get! I suspect the Times has advertising built into that application and the computer didn't like it...?

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    1. Steve-- I was really surprised and grateful for their vigilance. The game is Ken Ken, which may be the only game on their site that requires Adobe Flashplayer. Adobe has stopped supporting that player as of this year. Bye bye KenKen!

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  6. I have been extremely lucky (and very careful) with my laptop. It's the device I use for all Online orders. I don't allow my husband to order anything since he is far too gullible.
    Once he called me to his study in a panic. He had called a number on a pop-up and the person was taking over his computer to "help" him. I immediately told the person on the phone to back out and that I was calling the police. I took his laptop for service and fortunately they had not had time to corrupt anything. Any games I play I download to my tablet, not my laptop or iPod.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Oh your story reminds me of my aunt and uncle who take spam phone calls and actually try to talk with the spammers. Not a good idea at all. I only have my computer for fun and games. I won't use our iPhone for anything but phone calls and music. So, I'm stuck with figuring out how to play games without using the interactive program Flashplayer.

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  7. Have fun tomorrow watching the votes roll in. Today seems to be a big day for Joe.

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    1. Catalyst-- We voted. I wish it was more fun than it actually was.

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  8. Robin, many of us may have experienced receipt of a similar message (s) and they are scary. I've received a couple on my phone not through playing any games, but just doing ac search while in the public library. I was so shook up that I called Apple Support and they advised me to clear browsing history and no harm was done (whew). I do run a free virus program on my desktop that was recommended by Apply Support and have also downloaded versions to the phone and tablet. Glad your issue was resolved.

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    1. Beatrice-- It's a little scary and disheartening that there are so many spammers and malware monsters out there. Takes a little bit of the joy out of it.

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  9. My biggest problem at the moment is phone spam. My wife picked it up a few weeks ago only to have some pleasant Indian on the phone mumbling something so she handed the phone to me. I said what is the problem and they said They were from BT and said something about broadband. My wife gave me the hand across the throat sign so I told him I could not understand him and put the phone down. The have not let up and keep trying to phone back so we have had to order new phones with number blockers on them, till then we rely on our mobiles. I wish I could wring the Bas**ds necks. They want to you to log into a website so the can hold you to ransom. Grrrrr

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    1. Billy-- It is simply outrageous that we are subjected to such crap. I love your wife's hand across the throat sign. I'm going to remember that. I would like to wring their necks as well. Such jerks. Ugh.

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  10. Are you back to wellness healthwise now? Sending love.

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    1. 37paddington-- I'm okay, not quite the same since that night, but okay. Thank you so much for asking.

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