Sunday, July 20, 2008

Slammed

It hasn't been a great couple of days. Nothing I can't survive, but I've never strung together so many bad things all in a row.

The worst though is that my computer--my work computer--is infected with a virus. As viruses go, it is quite sophisticated, and has me backed completely into a corner. It has disabled the internet (I'm writing this on my old laptop), barred access to my System Restore utility, blocks any attempt to run a spy sweeper, and has basically taken over my entire system.

Ironically, it works by alerting me to the fact that I have spyware on my system. It takes a form that appears legitamate, posing as the Windows operating system itself, and directs me to a recommended a website that can help, which is of course the same web site that has perpetrated this virus.

Thankfully I still have access to internal and external hard drives. I am in the process of backing up all my files, work and otherwise. Then I'll get aggressive about removing the virus, but I don't have high hopes.

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J.C. Montgomery said...

I got this exact same one and was able to download the fix to a memory stick (from an uninfected PC), install it, run it and be back up within an hour.

In fact I use it once a week now as it has done wonders for my system.

Here is the link to the download the trial version, which will work: Mawwarebytes Anti-Malware Just be sure to download the latest update before scanning the system. After it scans you will see a bunch of infected stuff in quarantine. Delete it all, reboot, and you should be good to go.

Good Luck!

Bridget Jones said...

What a nasty bit of virus that it. Glad to see that you fixed it.

Kathleen said...

Viruses make me so happy I have a Mac and that Macs are still rare enough not to be worth the evil virus-makers' time and trouble.