Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Viruses, Worms, Trojans etc.

Well my wife clicked on a seemingly innocuous link yesterday and next thing we know we have this nasty Trojan on her computer. It's hard to say how it happened. It could be that her FireFox wasn't completely up to date, or maybe it was Windows that wasn't all the way patched, or perhaps it was something else entirely. In any case I've spent about five hours so far trying to clean it and I've managed to get it down to the point where there's a single .dll. The root of the problem if you will. And no matter what I try I can't get rid of that last .dll.

While I can't exactly pin the blame on where the bug got in, I can definitely pin the blame on not being able to delete the file. That's Microsoft. On any other OS I'd have no problem deleting the file, but somehow Microsoft through some combination of the registry, permissions, and pure unadulterated evil has managed to create a situation where I can't, in safe mode, with any utility know to man, with all of the resources of the internet at my disposal, delete this one file. It's enough to make me violent.

Next step is to track down an XP install disk (I don't have one but I do have a genuine copy of windows, just ask Microsoft, I've even got the cool sticker...) and try deleting it through the recovery console. If that doesn't work I guess I'll have to "repave it" as they used to say at my old job.

At the final judgement someone at Microsoft will have a lot to answer for


Blogger Liz said...

Our older son is pushing for a Mac so he can keep up with the website he's created on iWeb. If it would keep the viruses away, I would support that.

I am truly sorry for all the trouble this has caused you. I'd like to think it won't happen again, but I can't honestly think of something I did that seemed unwise at the time, so I don't know that I'll not do the same thing again. How's that for excessive use of negatives?

1:09 PM  
Blogger aozora said...

I'd really like to throw my consumer-wallet to SugarLabs, in part because I don't have the tech skills to help them develop but also because none of the Windows alternatives seem to want or be able to step up to job of making a true challenger.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Ross said...

That does look cool. I'll have to check it out.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Ed said...

In America, first you get the Sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women. -H. Simpson.

Sorry, nerd reflex.

11:50 AM  

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