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It was a dark and stormy night. The only light in my room is the soft glow of my PC monitor. The wind howls against the window sill as I wait for the auction to close. Suddenly an email pops up from my Outlook. I try to shut it but instead I accidentally open Windows Media Player.“Close! Close! Close!” I command, as press Ctrl + Alt + Delete. Task Manager. End task on everything but Firefox!
And there they are, again—the perfect color, the perfect addition to my vast collection. I breathe out. Thirty seconds left. I move my cursor to the “Buy” button. “These Christian Louboutins will be mine,” I promise myself aloud. Suddenly a scream, a horrible, screeching scream. And it’s coming from my own mouth!
My PC crashed—another victim of the dreaded “Blue Screen of Death.”
As much as I love my computer, I will never forget my horror when I saw that screen and lost those shoes at THAT price. Oh, the horror.
PCs are, of course, generally wonderful, but sometimes they can be absolutely frightening.
Viruses, malware and phish. Oh my. And then there’s the pop-ups, the bad links, the evil attachments.
If your PC is protected and you’re smarter than John, you can avoid nearly all of the dark spirits who want to haunt your PC. But still, even the best of us end up with our hands around the base of our monitor, attempting to choke it.
So in celebration of Halloween, we have to ask: What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever seen on your PC?
Just read the rules and post your answer as a comment on this page for your chance to win a PlayStation 3 160 GB and F-Secure Internet Security 2011.
We’re about halfway to the number of entrants we need to complete our Facebook survey—so we’d appreciate if you’d let your friends and family know about this giveaway. If they win, they’ll almost definitely invite you over for some fun on the PlayStation 3.
CC image by Michael.
F-Secure Internet Security 2011
GET REAL SWEEPSTAKES WEEK #6- COMPETITION RULES AND PRIZES
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1. The sponsor of this promotion is F-Secure Corporation, located at Tammasaarenkatu 7, Po. Box 24, 00181 Helsinki, Finland (“Sponsor”).
2. The promotion will begin at 6:00 PM PDT on October 24, 2010 and end at 6:00 PM PDT October 31, 2010.
3. This promotion is void where prohibited or restricted by law. No purchase is necessary to enter.
4. 3 prizes a PlayStation 3 with a retail value of $299.99 and 1 F-Secure Internet Security license with a retail value of $59.99 will be given as prizes in this promotion at the close of the competition.
5. Only two (2) entries, per person per Sweepstakes will be accepted. Each comment posted constitutes an entry. Further attempts made by the same person and entries generated by a script, computer programs, macro, programmed, robotic or other automated means will be disqualified.
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