Later this evening probably going to get around to installing the new brake and clearance lights on my flatbed so people can actually see it after dark.
Just got this e-mail from the team at LogMeIn.
The one I'm working on right now for example. The virus runs even in Safe Mode and has removed the ability of the computer to create folders unless you manually launch a command terminal and use the mkdir command. This means that actually installing an antivirus isn't possible. No big deal, I could just run portable ones, but in the years I've been working on computers, I've learned that in cases like this, it's better to just nuke it from orbit because once you start digging around and learning what this thing actually did, you'll find issue after issue after issue, and spending a good day reformatting, updating, and installing necessary software is easier than spending a week trying to repair all the damage caused by the malware.
This one in particular, upon startup, even in Safe mode, kills the explorer process and informs the user that their Windows Activation has expired and that they must complete a survey at "browsersafeguard(dot)com" in order to unlock their computer. This is obviously bogus, and it's easy enough to kill the process and manually re-launch the explorer process, but as I started to dig around I started finding more and more little issues and changes made.
Step 1) Create original backup image of the computer like it was when you got it
Step 2) Create a separate backup of personal files so you don't have to go digging through the restore image to find them later
Step 3) Nuke it
Step 4) While the nuke is in progress, scan the personal file backup for viruses.
Step 5) Create a backup of the computer after it has been reformatted, updated, and personal files restored.
All the more reason I would like to see more general users running Linux based operating systems.
I'm just a country boy who likes to take life easy. I'm an Iraq war veteran, a hunter, gamer, fisherman, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, etc. I pride myself in being as self sufficient as possible.
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