I must say, I truly sympathize with your difficulties, because I have been going through this for the past four months, I have had my computer in the shop with the IT professionals 3 times, hard drive wiped clean, started over, and the Geek Squad tells me now that this is a self-replicating virus. MEANING: They can get rid of it, but they cannot keep it from returnng.
I too, am very security conscious, run programs continuously thinking I am protected, only to discover that the hackers are much smarter than I had anticipated, and have dismantled all of the usual programs I use on my computer and have installed their own, leaving me absolutely defenseless. There is almost no way to tell, unless you go digging deep into the registry and utility files to discover inconsistencies. Once you have discovered them, in my case, it has been impossible to identify each and every one of these programs embedded in my system. AND, if you do not eradicate every single speck of invasion, you may as well have spent your time differenty, because you are going to experience he same thng again, and again, and again. Now, they know every aspect of my life, personal and professional, what I do each day, what I talk about in the privacy of my home, every word uttered on my phone with a friend or business associate, the products that I look at and would like to purchase, but because they have also hacked into the bank's security system, taken money at will, leaving me with an empty bank account, and a lot of embarrassment when I go to use my brand new debit card only to find it has been recently compromised, as well. I have discovered that I now "own" a home in California, along with a business, which must be doing pretty well, because I am paying all of their bills out of my small income. They have taken out a least one line of credit at the bank for $25,000, several credit cards, an auto loan, IRA accounts CD's (which I am unable to gain enough information about to determine the value of these accounts.)
This is what it has done to my life and my serenity -- it has robbed me of any peace of mind I ever gained, and knowing that I have no privacy at all, even my conversations that take place in my home are monitored, along with every word spoken on my "smartphone", and I feel so utterly powerless to do anything to right this terrible wrong that has been done to me. I used to be complimented on the calm and inviting atmosphere in my home, leaving my friends a place to come to feel safe and escape all of the difficulties of their world, but now that is gone, as well. I feel like I have been taken behind a building and beaten and worse, totally violated, and with no credibility to be taken seriously by the authorities. I had heard stories of people who had been through these things on a smaller scale, and I am sorry to say I was not very sympathetic, because I had NO IDEA THE IMPACT THAT HAD TAKEN PLACE IN THEIR LIVES. Let me apologize to anyone now who I may have given less than adequate attention, but please understand until you have experienced something on this level yourself, you cannot possibly relate to how it makes you feel and the ruin that can come to your life.
Please, for any who may be judging me, laughing behind my back, saying what an iil-equipped woman to let this happen to her.-- I hope and pray this does not happen to you, and it is getting to be more and more common for the "average citizen" to be hacked these days. This is the most frightening, helpless feeling I have ever experienced, with no hope of any end in sight. My next move is to try borrow money from anyone who will loan it to me to start over with all new equipment, and I am even considering changing my name and identity, including social security number, because these folks are impossible to escape once they get their hold on your life. This is my only hope for any peace in the future, and I am asking any and all of you to send me your best wishes for success, because I need all the help I can get to escape this nightmare.
Thank you CNET for this forum to air and educate the public what is possible to occur in the lives of ANYONE. Even though this may not ever be published, I feel better knowing I tried to tell the truth, and warn any unsuspecting
soul what is possible every time they turn on their power of your beautiful computer. I pray this never happens to you, but if it does, please know you are not alone, and perhaps together we can find a way to stop these animals from ruining one more life. I will not give up, I will continue to fight this, so if you are in any way guilty of invading my home and privacy, look out. I am watching you, too.
Briana 2006 .