First, this is NOT a forward; I, Hari Hardwick, have sat down and written this now. But PLEASE, please, forward this on to anyone and everyone.
This morning, I was on my laptop and a pop-up from my task bar popped up, informing me that I had 15 virus' and trojan horses. It began scanning, this piece of software, which is called Windows Vista Defender 2010.
DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO SCAN. Press 'STOP' immediately. If you allow it to scan, you will be allowing a piece of Malware, or univited software, to install onto your computer. I can't tell you what it does, but look it up online - it both slows your computer down and can take vital personal information from what you type, such as logins, banking details etc.
It will persist in asking you to scan, or block programmes. Continue unprotected or STOP it immediately. As long as you have stopped it, run your internet security. I have used Norton, and have, it seems, destroyed the malware, but I will keep you updated if it hasn't gone completely. Fingers-crossed, all seems well.
If you don't know how to do this, or you have let it install, I would advise either contacting a specialist or a friend in the know, and refrain from using your computer until it is sorted out. That essay or piece of work IS NOT worth losing pieces of your login information over!
How did I pick it up? I went to FML.com, and a pop-up came up. I closed it immediately, but it was already installed. Check your pop-up blockers for your internet browser (Internet Explorer 8, the latest edition, has a good one, as does Firefox. Most Anti-Viral software will also have pop-up protection - ensure that it is on).
I didn't compose this to scare anyone, I just wanted to inform. Malware is like a used car salesman popping up in your house and telling you that your car is worthless so sell it to him. We wouldn't allow that, so don't let Malware in!