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Sun Nov 8, 2009, 8:11 PM


I'm generally fairly computer literate which is and has been a good
thing given the amount of time I spend on a computer. It's also a good
thing given the number of viruses, trojans, worms and the like that lurk
in the wings waiting for opportunity to infect the home PC.

A couple of weeks ago my PC was bitten by a nasty bug. The H1N1 of
computer viruses. Damned thing kicked my butt! I spent 5 days researching, deleting, wrestling with files that didn't belong and finally admitted defeat. I saved what I could (thank goodness for external hard drives) and reformatted.

I did lose a few things, and in the long run I suppose it's good to have cleaned up and started from scratch however...reinstalling everything I HAD
on this machine has been a daunting task. I never realized just how many
software programs and plugins I had amassed. I've been reloading for two weeks and STILL not quite done.

I certainly don't want to go through this again any time soon!

In the meantime...patience folks I'll get to you all :)
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  • Listening to: the leaves crackle
  • Reading: installation manuals
  • Watching: programs install
  • Playing: Zuma
  • Eating: prime rib
  • Drinking: a pepsi of course
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:iconmidknightstarr:
MidknightStarr Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Linda! I'm back! I had been without a computer for about 6+ months (from about the end of Aug. to about a few weeks ago) and was going nuts! I wanted to tell you that I love your featured deviation, "A Time to Dream", it's beautiful! ~Jenn
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quandry247 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Ick. I hate that process too, but it needs to be done every now and then, just to remind us how much crap we load onto the beasties. I bet your machine is running faster!

Well done for being a PC btw.
Photoshop 64 bit for the win.
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LiLkawaiibunny Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww,
I hope everything goes well with your PC soon! ^^
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's back to normal now :lol:
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LiLkawaiibunny Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good to hear! =D
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Br0wnnie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I can so completely relate to that. Reloading EVERYTHING is a royal pain in the neck. Usually, you don't even remember how many and which little tweaks and drivers you had installed before.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's exactly the problem. It's taken such a long time but I'm finally back to where I was. This time, I started a little notebook of what I tweaked, what various plugins I had for which program, and back everything important up on dvd. :D
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grafitomane Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Photographer
I know the feeling... I've been there before! Just arm yourself with a couple of anti-virus/anti-spyware programs. I use Zonealarm Extreme Security but it seems some trojans/worms still manage to slip through so I coupled it with the Spyware Doctor form PC Tools...so far, so good.

best luck

Cheers
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PurpleAlienFlower Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh :( iam sorry what happened to you. That's so... -_-* *speechless*

hope it will go alright... Don't let them get you down! But what for an bug-thing was it? And where do you get it?
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :hug:

It's taken some time, but things are almost back to normal.
It happened on a website I think. It loaded some fake spyware program that installed in the background so I didn't see it right away.
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PurpleAlienFlower Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, okay my dear. :hug: .

Once or twice i had an false alert of my antivirus-program... I totally freaked out till i find out that's "just" an false alert -_-*
Every kind of such things are short "end of the world-s" for the pple of in these times XD

The internet is too dangerous for us girls! I swear! Too many heart-attacks cause of all the slimy things on it! °-°
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FanFrye24 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sorry that happened to u. At least you can look at the bright side of the situation. I couldn't because I didn't have any external source to back up my files on my PC. We have to be extra careful nowadays!
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :hug:

I always try to look on the bright side. I figure that as bad as things can be sometimes, they could always be worse :D

Flash drives and external drives have become relatively cheap so it's a good idea to get at least one to back up some of the most important things.
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FanFrye24 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: :highfive: Right on!
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FanFrye24 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww...man! I had that happened to me once. That's because I only downloaded a music software program and it made my entire computer crash down. I had to start from stratch. It was not fun :(
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, it's not fun at all. I always am extra cautious with downloaded software.
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
I spent several year doing nothing but data recovery, and chasing down virals.

In the end, I left this line of work, because it was getting worse. One problem is the number of people who are not very good with computers, but think they know what they are doing.

Sending and resending pic and videos of which so many contained Viruses, this is why the originally got nicknamed VIRALS.

Glad you didn't loose to much.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have enough patience and tenacity to chase down virals for myself...but not to do it daily and for other people :D

You're right, it has gotten worse. I don't understand the mentality behind creating programs that cause nothing but chaos.
I guess that's why I'm not a hacker :lol:

As for people who think they know what they're doing...I know A LOT of those. Most are that way about more than just computers :nod:

Thanks!
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
So true :/

And to add to the trouble of some, a new viral infection is out for iphones.

One effect is to change the wallpaper image, but it's thought to only be a test for something to follow.
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Sasajewun Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Is this the 3 Ps of computer use: Programming, Pepsi and Prime Rib?
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: I guess it is! Maybe I just should have gone with beer :giggle:
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Kazuki99 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Student Artist
Aw =<
that sucks....
>.< a comp getting infected with viruses.
it's a good thing you have back up files ^_^
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a very good thing. There are some things that would have been impossible to get back if they'd been only on the main drive. I'm thankful for that much :)
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ArticTiger Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I must be doing something right is all what I hear from my Dad & a few other people not a lot of course just a few. I have to reformat too. And WOW... I have a lot on my 11 year old computer. and having External hard drives are a huge ++ I need a 2TB. I have about 642 GB now on both computers. Reformatting and tinkering is never ending!
I can very much relate to what you are going through :huggle:s
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Hopefully you won't run into this problem. It's tedious work
restoring everything to how it was.

Thanks :hug:
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ArticTiger Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have done it so many times for years, I even get paid to fix computers and I still do fix computers; So far I did reject 3 people.. I swear they are nothing more than idiots thinking that I would do the work all for nothing + buy them new whatever the computer needed to be replaced. Hahah Bah-Bye LOL
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WillRipamonti Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Damn virus and all that stuff around!:pissed:
You're never safe enough!
I'm sorry for the war you fell into, dear!:hug:
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Will. :hug: It just sucks because there are so many other things I'd rather be doing than reloading. :D
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WillRipamonti Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, dear, it's frustrating!:kiss:
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whispersinthenight13 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
I've heard that Avira is highly effective. In my computer networking class, my group runs that and we have almost no security beyond it (horrible I know but we were trying to make a DOS program talk to Server 2008...madness!)

Anyway, good luck on restoring your computer back to normal! I know I've done that a few times...
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:iconmidnightstouch:
midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Right now I'm trying Avast and researching what some of the other virus protection programs offer.

Thanks! It's such a slow process loading everything back again. :(
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Avira has the advantage of being free...except for the ads. But small price to pay right?

Hang in there *patpat*
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Theonlychad Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i suggest using mcafee's i have never, ever had a virus with them. Also i suggest using either google chrome or firefox with script block.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I do use Firefox because I absolutely HATE Explorer. Definitely checking out different virus protection. I've always used AVG, but I'm running Avast right now until I decide on a permanent replacement.
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Theonlychad Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh there is your problem avg is absolute garbage. A computer is an investment so why not invest in a protection program that has people working on it daily to keep your computer safe :D. I promise you Mcafees is a great program :D. Norton is trash too i used that before and it didn't help at all.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely HATE Norton. It was installed on this PC when I got it. It's a memory hog and not very good.

I'll probably go with Mcaffee. I REALLY don't want to have to go through this again.
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Shadzerz Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have had this PC, the one that I am on, not the one I use the most, for about 10 YEars, and still only 5-8 Viruses, Luckily I run Clam Win, Norton 360, Malwarebytes, and Spybot S$D! W00t also, I sold a Mac because I got like 100 viruses in a week. >.>
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had this PC for 3 years, and the one previous for 10. I've had run ins with viruses before, not many but the few that I've had I've always been able to eradicate them. This one was just plain ugly though. It messed with a lot of system settings and every time I got rid of one infected file, another would show up. It's all good now though. It's just taking some time to add all the programs I used to have! :lol:
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Shadzerz Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, try getting a new computer and transfer over about 100 Programs. >.> That was the worst day in my life. *sigh*
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Been there..done that, and you're right. It sucks big time!
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Shadzerz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooohoooo! I don't feel alone now. ^_^
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brzpcnic Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Get yourself an Apple Mac.....they don't get viruses because of the operating system....they are also a dream because they are much faster, much better at processing, just much better.....and no....I don't work for Apple.....I just have lots of bad experience with PC's and now have a Mac!!!!
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: Bill Gates will have you shot for saying that :D

I plan on getting a Mac in the next year. Our entire office runs on Macs so I've gotten pretty comfortable using them. They're much better for any kind of graphics work too :D
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brzpcnic Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Bill Gates should be the one to be shot.......Someone once said: "if you are a parent and you buy your child a PC its a form of child abuse" and I agree with them, and as an adult if you buy yourself a PC its self abuse!!
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: I really MUST stop abusing myself this way!
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brzpcnic Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Yes!....you serve better!!!!
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