It doesn't take long to write about it but it took up a lot of my day, let me tell you. Having no joy there, he suggested that there must be a problem with my Outlook Express system and to contact them. I Googled and found a phone contact and rang. A very nice man spoke to me about what was happening and offered to put me in touch with a technical support. This started to feel right. He was so kind and helpful. The techy support was an on-screen chat. I had to enter a code to allow that to happen and without letting me know first I found that I had given the techy access to and control over my computer. Not to worry...I have nothing to hide or be too concerned about I don't think. We had a friendly chat and 'cathy' told me that I had loads of problems with my computer but NOT to worry because she could fix it all so everything would be safe and working properly. She used my computer to find some coding and put a big red circle around some code that she said was the problem. Great I said, that will be great...let's do it. Sure, she said. There are two ways we can do it. Would you like me to tell you about the two plans we can use to do it?
That got my attention. It had all been very smooth and sweet up until that point and now they had me feeling vulnerable they were coming in for the kill. We can do a one off fix today for $179 or you can have push-button access to our support for two full years for only $399! I might not have the figures quite right but you get the drift. Well, I don't like to cry poor, but I have only a two days a week contract this year and the odd relief day. I haven't sold a terrible lot of toys and I don't have a bank balance...at all really. So I didn't have the money to do any of these things. I said I couldn't afford to do anything like that today. Well if you can pay $79.99 I can fix it for you right now! Wow that was a big drop! If I wasn't completely suspicious to start with, I was by now. I'm sorry I said, I can't do that either. I'll just try to live with the problem and see how I go. A little box appeared...Would you like to end this conversation...yes or no...What had happened to friendly and helpful cathy? She was gone. I only got a box with two options to click on, yes or no. When I clicked on yes another box came up saying not very politely...This conversation is ended. Wow. Then a little feedback form appeared. Well, I said, perhaps you should mention at the beginning that you are going to charge for fixing the problem and it could save a lot of people a lot of time. But no, they could not get you into that vulnerable position if they let you know up front. Beware. Never feel guilty to say no, no matter how sweet and helpful they are. If you don't want to pay then don't. If you want to try something else first...say no thank you...or I'll get back to you later.
This is what I did next. I thought to myself that I could accept that there were probably some problems in my computer...perhaps some viruses or something...and I had allowed my AVG trial to lapse. I went to the AVG page and downloaded their trial version again. I ran the repair option and then did a scan. It found nothing and it seems that with a simple shut down and restart all the problems have disappeared. For now anyway. Just thought I'd share that story as it's easy to feel like you have to pay for someone to fix it all when in fact perhaps you don't. Whilst I didn't get to work today, I did save myself nearly $200 by being alert and not too scared to say no. In fact, I think many of the people would choose the almost $400 deal because it is by far the better option. But if you can sort it out with AVG and not spend anything then you're way ahead. At least it's worth a try before you part with your hard-earned cash.
Best of luck, and as my friend says (with an Irish accent...I'm not sure why but it's very funny) 'Have you turned it off and turned it on again?' Always try that first! And really now, I should leave you with an Irish Blessing. I found this online and hope the owners won't mind me sharing it with you.