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Hit By a Virus
8/1/2010 7:47:08 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

When you open your browser [MSN, Yahoo, etc.], the top part of your screen may have several tool bars. I used to have seven or eight of them stacked up there until I weeded out the ones I never used. When your browser is open, those tool bars are open for data-exchange with your computer. These tool bars are a popular front-door for aspiring virus-mongers.


It was about 4:00 AM at work when the virus hit. Pop-ups from Windows about files being infected, preventing operations and sub-routines. Pop-ups from AVG [my virus protection program] naming the source of the virus and sequencially listing file-attacks to be blocked. It said that the virus had originated from the Zynga Tool Bar, a game tool, which was installed on my mail browser. More pop-ups from some virus-protection program which was, actually, the virus. All of this coming at me, overlapping and blocking the mid-screen. I knew what I had to do but the virus blocked my first attempt. On the second try, typing fast enough to win a prize, I hit Start and typed "system restore" into the tiny prompt-box. By some miracle, it worked, and in the middle of pop-ups all over the screen, I picked a 3-day-old restore point and let that baby roll. The computer shut itself down, rewrote files to duplicate my computer's system the way it had existed on the date of that earlier restore point, before the virus had arrived. Time consuming but, when the computer re-booted, all was fresh and the virus was gone like it had never been there. Immediately, I opened my browser and disabled that Zynga Tool Bar to prevent a re-run. In a few days, when Zynga has found and eliminated the offending virus-bot, I will re-install the cleaned-up tool bar. Just another encounter with the crack-head hackers who make our Internet experience memorable. I was shook up enough that I went to eBay and bid on a very nice Dell laptop, better and much faster than this present HP Pavilion dv2000. In the future, it will be my redundant system. I won the bid at slightly less than $250, probably because it was so early on a Sunday morning and no one else was bidding. The buying decision had already been made but the purchase had been scheduled for two weeks from now. Emergencies change things.

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• Dog Buddies - Friday, August 06, 2010
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• Ice Cream Transit - Monday, July 12, 2010
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