Apparently my laptop is a zombie. Do I need to do something about this? Complication: I'm in middle-of-nowhere Russia until next fall.
Lately, certain websites (mostly links I've followed from metafilter) have been giving me the warning that my computer has been compromised by some kind of virus. They direct me to this wikipedia article
, and tell me to type a random code in to prove that I'm a real person. I'd include a screenshot of this, but I'm not able to reproduce it right now. I'm pretty sure The Nerdist was one of the sites where this was happening.
I've updated the virus software on my mac (Norton) and run a scan; it didn't find anything. And apart from those warnings, I haven't seen anything that would make me think there's anything wrong. My internet does like to end my connection periodically, but I generally attributed that to the faultiness of my cheap usb modem.
I've got a macbook pro from 2007. To connect to the internet, I use a usb modem from Megafon. Macs are pretty rare in Russia, so I don't have access to an Apple store or anything.
I'm familiar with Deezil's profile, but I don't have easy access to another computer where I can download the programs he recommends.
I'm inclined not to do anything about this, because I'm not sure how to prevent it from happening again and I'm planning on getting a new computer when I leave Russia in the fall.
1. Is there a reason I should be concerned about these warnings and do something about them?
2. If my computer is indeed infected, could that contribute to a slow or temperamental internet connection?
3. In any case, are there precautions I should be taking to protect my computer? I do really need it to keep working for the rest of the year.
4. Is there a better place for me to look for answers to these questions?
I am only marginally computer literate, so please forgive any faulty assumptions I've made here.