Of flayings and impalings and…

A virus from an infected flash drive infected my system. So I basically spent the last 4 days (including today) trying to clean out my system. Having run at the least about 6 different anti-spyware/malware/ware and 2 Anti Virus applications to scan my system, all of which show the system as clean, the system is still not usable. Any application which connects to the Internet starts using close to 100% of the CPU.

So this brings me to the topic of this post. If I found the author of this virus/spyware (whose name I don’t even know) I have in mind some very enjoyable activities to take part in, enjoyable being for me of course. Due to this infection, I have essentially wasted 4 days of my time when I should have been working. Office can be so boring if the comp is down.

And also thanks to this virus, I called the IT support at work to try and clean it. So this gentleman, brilliantly, manages to lose ALL my open tabs (numbering in the high 80s, low 90s). All gone, collected over a period of months. Oh, did I also mention that he suggested that I use Netscape Navigator. What’s that you ask? It’s the old, discontinued browser which was so crappy near it’s end that even Netscape developers would probably not use it.

Anyway, so apparently the end result is that even was unable to determine the cause of the system freakiness and I have to get the system formatted tomorrow. Which means that I will not be able to take it with me on my trip which further means that I waste another 5 days without managing to do any work which means that someone seriously deserves some nice, slow, delicious torture.

ooh

Ps. And no, I did not wish to bookmark those tabs because I had other uses for them and bookmarking them would mean I forget about them and I did not want to forget about them cos I needed to go back to refer info from them.

3 Comments

  1. Pramod Biligiri (30 comments) February 24, 2009

    I burst out laughing at the 80 open tabs :)) My, how differently people use browsers!

    Flash drives are awesome, no? :P

    Curious, is it “XP Police Antivirus” virus? That one’s new and pretty easy to clean.

  2. AJ (258 comments) February 24, 2009

    Why? What’s wrong with 80 tabs? :-/

    Oh totally. From now a new rule, you do not get my flash drive (you being anyone). AT ALL..

    No it’s not the XP Police Antivirus. It was something New Folder.exe

    How I managed to infect my system? I clicked on the drive letter in My Computer (Auto Run is disabled for all drives permanently for me)
    Due to lag, I double clicked again which went to the next item at that location in explorer which happened to be New Folder.exe and hence the infection :(

  3. Pramod Biligiri (30 comments) February 24, 2009

    Aargh, that is what they call a freak accident.

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