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16 November 2009 @ 09:09 am
I am grumpy  
My home computer seems to have picked up Win-Antivir, or a variant thereof. Despite attempts with Norton Security, Ad-Aware, Spybot Search and Destroy, and Malwarebytes removal tool, it's still infected.

Several different help sites offer several different paths to removal, which aren't helping.

I'm going to go with "nuke it 'til it glows, then shoot it in the dark". I'll be carefully consolidating all my files (which are spread out over several drives -- the plan was to have data on one drive, programs on another, and the OS on a third) -- onto a new backup drive, while checking and re-checking for the damn virus, then I'll reformat the drives and start fresh.

Damn script kiddies.
madshutterbug: Attitudemadshutterbug on November 16th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
I strongly suspect the same solution will be needed for Laptop ("nuke it 'til it glows..."), even though I doubt Laptop got infected with anything. Most likely explanation for my situation is corrupted while shutting down due to power loss... or equivalent. However, none of the M-shaft software wants to work other than the OS and that is still not finding some things, and telling me (despite doing so via network connection) it needs to be Activated...

I'm intrigued about your putting OS on one drive, apps on another. Data on a separate drive is no surprise; I've been moving that direction myself.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 16th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
The theory, back when, was that the next time I needed to install an OS upgrade, it would be less of a hassle to update my programs. At least I think that's what I was thinking, but I could be wrong.
Stephen Harrissweh on November 16th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Annoyingly, most Windows programs require registry settings so you can't just have 'd:\program files' and expect it to work. *sigh*

What I do is have an equivalent of a "d:\install" directory which contains all of the software (and license keys if necessary) that I'd need to re-install on a fresh OS build plus customisation procedures. At least that's the idea, but I've been remiss at keeping it up to date :-)
Shadow/Brookekengr on November 16th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Worse, too many now use the blasted "Documents & Settings/[user]/Application Data" directory to store stuff.

This sort of thing makes synchronizing stuff between machines a major pain.
aedificaaedifica on November 16th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Ick. Good luck!
TSJAFOtsjafo on November 16th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Les Barker's "Reinstalling Windows" seems to be my theme song. If I may offer a few suggestions, you might find it helpful to make a list of what is on your computer in the way of programs. There is a free program called Belarc Advisor which does a pretty good job of not only listing your programs but also some basic hardware facts such as drives, memory types and values. It also lists some of the keys for certain programs you might need for a reinstall.

I've made a disc of all the drivers I need to reinstall for each of my machines, and another disc with the freeware I use most often as a means of making reinstalling easier.

Doing a clean install can be really frustrating. I wish you luck.
Moose: lucky_stonemoosl on November 16th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Good luck. I've been considering the same thing due to general slowness.
redneckgaijinredneckgaijin on November 16th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Not at all computer related...
... I know what your icon is supposed to say, but I just can't make my brain interpret it that way. To me it looks more like, "Go join yourself." How would someone go about doing that- having a horrible accident with super glue while assembling one of those no-nails-required particle-board desks they sell at Wal-Mart?

"Oh, it's not so bad, aside from the lack of plumbing. Speaking of, I wouldn't open the third drawer if I were you..."