Warning about Swagbucks
A warning to anyone who is considering downloading anything from Swagbucks!!! A few days ago I decided that I surf the web often, so I should sign up for Swagbucks and earn points for surfing around. Maybe get an Amazon gift card here and there–I get excited about a $5 gift card and I love Amazon–it all sounded so good! Creating an account and surfing the web using their search engine would have been fine (from what I read now). BUT I decided to download their toolbar. BIG ENORMOUS MISTAKE. DO. NOT. DO. THIS. I trusted too easily, since I have heard from relatives and other bloggers that Swagbucks is so great, and I just walked right into a huge problem.
Dowloading the toolbar also wiped out my computer. At least from what I can tell. I can’t get on it, it keeps running things to try to fix an error the computer recognizes, but can’t seem to recover from. It tells me to uninstall whatever I last installed, but I have no idea how to go about that when I can’t even get into the computer. Luckily we just renewed our McAfee subscription and I backed up my computer in December. Unluckily I’m going to have to tell my husband about this because it is outside of my DIY realm. I’m not the only one who has had this problem I have found now that it is too late.
I am thankful that it was not on the computer that we use for any financial accounts since others began to have suspicious things happen when they logged in to their bank’s site. Always be wary when you are suddenly asked for information you’ve never had to provide in the past.
Hopefully the recovery will go ok, fingers crossed. So glad I backed it all up not too long ago! Two things to learn from me:
1) Go back up your computer, right now.
2) Don’t download anything from Swagbucks.
Now I’m off to break the news to the Hubs. Anyone familiar with how Rachel apologizes to Ross when he discovers she and Joey are dating? I’ll be using that technique…(I love Friends. Perhaps too much.)