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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Love-hate

That's my relationship with computers! Just been up all night attempting to clear a quite remarkable collection of malware acquired through a certain family member's browsing. What particularly intrigues me is that after installing 41 (!) Windows updates, the reboot immediately went into a sequence of further updates, which in turn initiated the installation of SP2 (yes, I know) & then installing the beta Microsoft anti-spyware program set off another round, & when I finally gave up & shut the computer down (not this one) there were 7 more updates to collect!!
Despite all that, & many hours of AVscanning/SystemRestoreDisabling/Enabling/Adawaring/Spyboting/Windows Defendering/Hijackthising, we still have one persistent beastie that won't reveal itself except by throwing up a second browser window with dodgy content whenever IE is run.
Grrrr! Just answered the door to the postie & he probably thought I was up early, not late...

5 Comments:

  • At 22 April, 2006 15:03, Blogger Hazeofpink said…

    Hope your mammoth all night session has paid off and you've got rid of the little blighters! Sounds horrendous!! Also hope that you managed to catch up on your sleep! Bet you're tucked up as I type! :-) Interesting your reaction to SP2, it's still not installed on our computer!

     
  • At 23 April, 2006 10:40, Blogger methel said…

    gawd! SP2 still not on my machine too...just don't dare given others expereinces. However, so far, AVG has killed everything - hope I am not speaking too soon ;-)

     
  • At 23 April, 2006 16:47, Blogger Bluefluff said…

    Ha! Got the little blighter!! It needed Hijackthis & Killbox, though - wasn't picked up by AVG or Adaware or Spybot or Windows Defender, & couldn't be manually deleted.
    So that's now the cleanest & most up to date PC in the house :-)
    Suppse I ought to get on with my ECA now..

     
  • At 23 April, 2006 19:56, Blogger Bluefluff said…

    Just installed all the Windows updates (including SP2) on here, & all's well :-)

     
  • At 24 April, 2006 11:24, Blogger Rob Spence said…

    I do sympathise, though not too much - I've never had any problem with viruses on my Mac. On the other hand, I did have to have a new hard drive installed recently because the old one just refused to upgrade to the new OS.

     

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