OK, there’s no such thing as Ondoy spyware (or virus for that matter). But while Ondoy was lashing the Philippines and killing hundreds in the process, some “malicious” folks were taking advantage of the google search term. According to some blog posts, when you type Ondoy (or its varieties), the first few top searches are actually links to virus.
I never knew anyone actually fell victim to this trap, until this weekend. A cousin asked me to help her re-install her antivirus, which according to her is not showing up after their IT department “cleaned” her PC. Then she went on detailing how she got the virus in the first place. It was Ondoy’s fault, tsk tsk. Although I have very little interest in Windows-related posts (with the exception of Windows7) and all its virus issues, i decided otherwise to to post this how-to. Who knows, someone else may have fallen victim.. (and they may not even know it).
Moving on, this is what i did.
In lieu of the Typhoon Ondoy that battered Metro Manila, I am re-posting some information from blogs with posts about and concerning rescue operations, important numbers to call, current situation, and relief operation, donation and volunteering options. Throughout this whole endeavor, I’ve been a helpless blogger – except for a few tweets (@irrashai) and social media posts, I was consumed more about worrying about my own and my family’s safety. And my internet wasn’t as nice either. So to help out though quite a bit late, please see the INFORMATION below on how you can help. This is also an appeal to the international community and Filipinos abroad who can read this, kindly help out. This is Pinoy Bayanihan at its best, let’s all be part of it.
Central Infohub of Typhoon Ondoy-related efforts…
Visit the ff. websites for up-to-date information:
Typhoon Ondoy Website
The Daily Dose (Manuel L. Quezon III)
The Diary of a Super Girl Wannabe
Ondoy Situation Map Response – http://bit.ly/swvEC
Rescue Operations/Numbers (from @mlq3):
National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) (+632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9115061, +632-9122665) Help hotlines: (+65 734-2118, 734-2120) firstname.lastname@example.org
Philippine Coast Guard (+632-5276136)
Air Force (+63908-1126976, +632-8535023)
Metro Manila Development Authority (136)
Marikina City Rescue (+632-6462436, +632-6462423, +632920-9072902). To check for missing relatives call Marikina City Hall 646-1634 or 646-2360.
Pasig Rescue Emergency Number (+632-6310099); Pasig Mayor Eusebio gave his cel number for urgent messages of help and rescue : 09189275074
Quezon City Rescue (161)
San Juan City Hall Command Post (+632-4681697)
Bureau of Fire Protection Region III (Central Luzon) Hotline: (+63245-9634376)
Senator Dick Gordon (+639178997898, +63938-444BOYS, +632-9342118, +632-4338528)
Senator Manny Villar (+639174226800. +639172414864, +639276751981)
LOCATION BREAKDOWN FOR VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF TYPHOON ONDOY (from @iamsuperbianca)