cuisinart food processor

Last night, I was going to use my brand new Cuisinart Food Processor and when I turned it on…. Nothing. Doesn’t work. Damn! If that’s not bad enough, check this out…

So I go onto the internet to see if there is something that I’ve missed during setup or some secret. My first reaction is always to look it up.

By the way, there was nothing to find. The stupid thing is just broken. Ahhh, I digress.

Anyway, I do a search on google, I click on something and land on a blog, much like any other blog you’ve seen and BAM! Windows opening, sounds, I swear I heard some woman laughing at me and all in all general mayhem on my computer. I go about shutting everything down and return to lamenting about my brand new, not working, very fancy, Cuisinart.

Later, Karli calls me into the kitchen and he’s all “What’s this all about?”. I look and low and behold a virus has my computer. Crap!

As our resident computer technitian, this falls squarely into my court. This is what I see.

I see what appears to be a blue windows system screen telling me to reboot and install an anti-virus program because my computer has been “shut down” to avoid total devastation. I’m shitting my pants at this point, since it has been fully two years since I have backed up the family photo directory, which is really the only important thing we use the kitchen computer for.

So, I hit the power button to kill the computer. When I reboot, there is conveniently a license agreement for the installation of a spanking new Antivirus XP 2008 program waiting for me. Hmmm. Red Flag! Red Flag!

ALL STOP!

This is why I am writing this. This thing is nasty and gets nastier, but is fairly easily taken care of if you don’t fall for many of its tricks.

some of the symptoms that I experienced are…

  • it took over my desktop and replaced my background with a blue background with a spyware warning in the middle.
  • That blue Windows system notice was actually a screensaver. If you hit a key on the keyboard, it just goes away.
  • It disables the screensaver and desktop tabs on the appearance settings popup
  • It deleted all system recovery points prior to its infection. This one chaps me.
  • it launches its own installer with no way to cancel or back out. I have even heard of certain instances where it goes ahead and installs it without you doing anything. Do not touch this, do not accept the license agreement and do not try to close it.

The following instructions are what I used to get rid of this. It turned out I was lucky and aware enough not to let it get too far or do too much, so it was pretty easy to get rid of. This is not always the case, so if this doesn’t work for you, try the link at the bottom of this article for more tips and detailed information or search the internet for even more info.

You need to get a certain Malware program to get rid of this. I found many people who had many different programs that were not successful at removing this and I ran McAffee (on my computer) and Housecall and neither were able to get it. This program worked first try for me.

Download Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

Install it and make sure to check update on the last screen of the installation process. This will ensure you have the latest and greatest.

Run a full scan and wait for it. It took about 45 minutes on my computer.

When its done, view the results and make sure everything is checked to be cleaned/deleted and then have it remove all the bad stuff. Restart your computer.

This may be enough, it was for me. I just had to go in and change back my background and screensaver.

If this doesn’t work for you, then check out the following article.  It’s what helped me.

Precise Security – Threat Center

There are many many places on the internet to look to more information as well.  When in doubt, google it.