Now, as Monty Python famously said, for something completely different…
Help!!! My computer has been taken over.
A program called “Privacy Redeemer” has taken hold of my lovely, aging computer. It will not be removed through the control panel “remove programs” function. It has turned my desk top back ground into a giant virus symbol. (And no, I can’t put my deks top back.) It’s warning us of problems that I don’t have any idea if they are true, but we’ve run scans from legitimate anti-virus software that seem to be fine… a net search indiciated that this is a rogue anti virus program… But all the solutions I can find involve downloading yet other programs whose harmlessness I’m not sure of. (Most of these cost money I don’t have to boot.) Clearly this program is part of the problem… It’s been clearly maliciously designed to make eveything a pain in the butt until we pay to download the full version of the program. Basically extortion. I feel absurdly violated.
Can anybody offer suggestions about how to rid myself of this head ache? I’m running Windows XP an Verizon is my ISP.
O.K…. so now an attempt at a deep thought about all this to make me feel better:
Hegel talked about how any idea (the thesis) always gives rise to it’s opposite (the antithesis) , and then the two come together to form a synthesis, which in turn serves as a new thesis to generate a new antithesis.
So, viruses are the thesis. Legitimate anti-virus software is the antithesis. This ridiculous Privacy Redeemer, it’s the synthesis– incorporating elements of virus and anti-virual software… This synthesis, then, which serves as a new thesis. What I need is a new antithesis… anti-antivirus software…