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February 28, 2011

Yesterday at home, I was doing some web-browsing. I was researching this user-made expansion pack for a video game. Nothing earth-shattering. Then something earth-shattering happened.

Every application I had running simultaneously shut down. My web browser, gone. My music player, gone.

Up popped a new window, a window I’ve never seen before, a window that looked a lot like Windows Security but wasn’t Windows Security. I closed that window only to be told by another window that I had to activate a virus protection program. Every time I tried to run another program, like my anti-virus software, the program would shut down immediately after starting up.

This phony security program was pretending to run a scan of my computer. The scan was claiming that my CONFIG.SYS file was corrupted with child porn. This program was preventing me from loading anything, including Task Manager. Not only was this program taking over my computer, it was preventing me from stopping it.

Reboot, the old-fashioned way. I didn’t waste time shutting down properly. Unplug the computer and plug it back it. Don’t give this program time to react.

Start up in Safe Mode. Whatever this program is, it didn’t start up in Safe Mode.

System Restore back to a date prior to this program attacking my computer.

Reboot. Everything back to normal.

Do you remember the days when viruses just reformatted your hard drive? Do you remember those days? They were simpler times.

At some point while reading this, one of you reading this is going to make the point “This wouldn’t have happened if you had a Mac.” This is why I don’t have a Mac. Not only are they more expensive machines, but I would also have to buy all new software. It’s still cheaper for me to lose a computer to a stupid virus and buy a new similar computer than to go the Apple route.

But I’m getting pretty close to committing to a Linux partition. My next desktop, whenever that is, will have a significant Linux partition and I will be using the Linux partition.

And now for today’s Faggot of the Day.

At some point today, I’m sure somebody will ask me if I watched the Academy Awards.

I don’t watch award shows. I don’t need a little gold statue to tell me what movies are worth watching. Especially this year when not a single movie looked at all interesting enough for me to watch.

And I care even less about what kind of dress Jennifer Lopez or Angelina Jolie wore.

So, anybody who tries to have a conversation with me about the Oscars as though the award or award show has any sort of relevance is the Faggot of the Day.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2011 8:57 am

    I’ve had that a few times. Restoring to a past date works, but I finally just plunked down the $30 bucks for MalwareBytes’ Anti Malware protection to stop it coming back. Been worth it. I hate having to deal with the restoring and all.

    probably should get another program but the anti programs can’t keep up

  2. February 28, 2011 9:00 am

    I never watch the oscars either….

    Whats system restore?? Would that have saved the 1300 pictures I deleted off my desktop???

    How do i make sure I have a system restore?

    in windows, press F1 and search the help for system restore

  3. February 28, 2011 6:37 pm

    I got that same virus too and decided that was when I’d make the leap to a Mac. I didn’t have to buy much software at all. I think I just spent about $50 on their version of Office which is completely compatible with MS Office at work. Of course, I don’t need anything other than that, so I can understand you not wanting to go the Mac Route if you need a lot of software….

    But yah, that virus really really sucks!

    need lots of software

  4. February 28, 2011 10:23 pm

    Viruses like the Monkey Virus are long gone, bud. The ones today are much more annoying.

    Or the dreaded Michelangelo virus.

  5. jason permalink
    March 1, 2011 12:50 am

    Just interested in the distro you’ll be using on the linux partition(s). If you’ll be using OpenOffice in linux, you can also use it for the Mac if you don’t want to spend money on Mac Office. It’ll save you a couple bucks. If you’re resourceful, there are torrents out there which also help save some cash for OS X. I understand your point about paying a premium for a Mac though. These days though, with them running on PC hardware, I find a flexibility in being able to run OS X with the option of either using Boot Camp to get into Windows if I need it, or using VMWare or VirtualBox (GPL!).

    I dunno. Probably Ubuntu or maybe Suse. I’ve used Suse before back in college. But I’d probably research it a bit more in depth and find the least user unfriendly version.

  6. March 1, 2011 4:05 am

    Did you report the place you downloaded the pack from? You probably did. I swear, I don’t understand what makes someone do such malicious things like that.

    I hope you get it cleaned up. What a pain! I’m sorry this happened to you.

    I had a couple of web pages open simultaenously. Not sure exactly which one did it.

  7. March 1, 2011 6:41 am

    I think the most annoying person I saw this weekend was a guy on the news declaring that the whole world would be watching the Oscars. I wasn’t! I hate those stupid awards ceremonies…

    Apparently the ratings were down 10% from last year. So yeah, much less than the whole world watched it.

  8. March 1, 2011 12:45 pm

    Malware attacks on Macs are increasing as Apple’s popularity increases. What I believe is the first-ever official anti-virus product for Macs has recently launched:
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20020159-83.html
    So in fact it might have happened on a Mac.

    There’s iPhone viruses too.

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