Hey all, recently my computer has been giving me some problems and I want to see if anyone here has any advice. About a few months ago I bought a new Lenovo laptop with Windows Vista Home Basic pre-installed. The computer has worked fine since then, I've used the internet at wi-fi hotspots around my city, with never a single problem...until last night. While I was on-line at home, I was checking a website that I have always checked before without issue when my Windows Defender suddenly popped open and said that my computer was under threat and blocked Internet Explorer from me and started running a diagnosic. Well apparently it said that I had like 26 infections in my computer. That I had worms, spyware, adware, that someone was watching my key logs, etc, etc, and it gave me the option to click on the remove all. So I clicked on it, but instead of doing anything, another message box appeared saying that my Windows Defender is not the full version and that I must either purchase the full version or enter my key code for it. I don't have a key code since I never bought this program, was pre-installed.
Anyways, now whenever I try to open Internet Explorer, the Windows Defender pops up and says that my IE is infected and asks if I would like to purchase the full Windows Defender. I have clicked on both options. If I say "no", the computer blocks my IE, if I say yes, it opens my IE, but instead of taking me to a Windows website, it takes me to www.antivirus-care.com
, which my browser says does not exist and instead takes me to another page with a listing of anti-virus program sites to buy from.
Well, all this seems fishy to me because I can't do anything with the Windows Defender program. I can't turn it off, I can't change its settings, or even look at other options it has. Instead whenever I try the message window of "would I like to buy the full version now?" appears and keeps appearing.
Now I have turned off my high speed net, turning off the wi-fi radio on my laptop, but it is still giving me these warnings. Now Windows Defender keeps running automatically without me even being on the net, saying that I'm being attacked and keeps telling me to buy the program.
Anyways, sorry for the long message but I'm just curious about this. I've talked to a couple of computer store clerks and they tell me that either I have a virus, or an adware pretending to be Windows Defender. I would just like some advice to figure out whats going on so I know whether to just by an anti-spyware/adware program, or take it to a specialist and dole out $200.
Thanks a bunch!