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Virus, virus everywhere...

August 25th, 2008 (11:56 am)

This machine is quite well infested with various virus (virui?viruses?) at the moment, and it's looking like my tech guy won't be able to get here until tomorrow morning. Worst thing is that it's partialy useful - to the extent that I can use it to surf the net, get emails, etc but long term... no.

Something's screwed up in the registry, every now and then the CD-ROM drawer opens and closes itself repeatedly, spam webpages open themselves up occasionlly, odd letters keep being missed out when I'm typing at the keyboard like this (don't thinkit's my typing skills), starting a brand new Sophos anti-virus scan locks up the entire machine as it can't get past searching the memory, and Windows Defender is picking up a whole different set of problems than the ones Sophos has stored in quarantine. Oh, and when I restart the machine I have to jump as fast as possible to My Documents and Settings to delete a RunPatch.exe and a RunUpdater.exe asap before the Sophos window in the corner keeps telling me about the Malware in them every single two goddamn seconds.

And half the time the CD-ROM drive doesn't even get detected by the computer, but I think that's due to a faulty cable inside. That's the easy fix one.


Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: August 25th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
ani bloody computer

Oh dear - sounds like the easiest solution would be to remove everything, wipe it clean and reload everything. Hopefully you can get any vital documents off the hard drive?

I've found that AVG free antivirus program, Zone Alarm free firewall and AdAware free spamware remover are just as good as any programs you can buy. They've kept our computers clean since we bought our first home computer in 1995.

Ironically the first real problem we've had with a computer was just before Christmas last year when a windows update file corrupted and crashed our main computer! We had to wipe it and reload the lot to cure it!

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: August 25th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)

After the last time this happened (lost the entire My Documents folder - which really hurt), we rebuilt the system so that I have three hard drives, with all the programs, etc being kept on C and all files like documents, tv shows, pictures being kept on either of the backup drives.

So, if necessary, we can wipe C completely. :)

Posted by: Jason Grey (foenix)
Posted at: August 25th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)

Considering what you've described, I'd say it's necessary. Blow it up, scorch the earth, rebuild anew.

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: August 25th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)

That sounds very serious indeed.

Do you have any idea what viruses are responsible? There are probably lots of online sites that will give you advice on how to get rid of them.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: August 25th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
Spike Ilyria flirting

I have peeps coming. Peeps that run entire networks for large schools. These are peeps who know what they're doing.

Note to self: stop saying peeps.

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: August 25th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)

eeep. I had a continuous virus warning like that at work last week- I thought that they'd installed a new virus checker while I was on holiday, what had actually happened was that someone had downloaded a trojan that pretends to be a virus checker and says your computer is heavily infested, and won't stop nagging you to register and give them loads of money. And of course getting your credit card details is the object of the exercise.

I know Sophos is legit, but I wonder if there's a fake replicant or somthing...

Posted by: just_sue (just_sue)
Posted at: August 28th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)

I just popped over to see if you were still alive and kicking as alwaysjbj hasn't had a response to the email she sent you about the personalised artwork, but I guess with your puter probs it could have well gone astray. Have you received it? If not, I'll ask her to send again.

Hope your puter is better now. BFN

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
Re: *waves*

Yes, that's more or less what's happening at the moment. I'm not getting any emails, so it's probably backed up somewhere at my provider. It's lucky that I even noticed this response to be honest. :(

If you could apologise to her for me, it would be much appreciated and hopefully things will get sorted out soon. *crosses fingers*

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