Thursday, November 03, 2005

Sick Laptop

Going on the advice of a friend, I decided last night to introduce myself to shareazaa.com - a site for exchanging mp3s and other music forms P2P. So I went to what I thought was the appropriate site and downloaded the software and installed it on my beautiful 6-month old laptop.

What I ended up installing instead is what I can only now consider the most heinous virus I have ever seen.


Gone now are all my images and photos that were stored in a folder. Gone now is everything I have ever written, my resume, and the book I was working on. Gone now are all the sites I had bookmarked. Gone now are all the tunes I had downloaded for my iPod. Empty is my iTunes folder (
when I open iTunes, there are no songs listed in the directory). Each time my laptop shuts down, it resets itself so I can't maintain a homepage and all my passwords need to be re-entered.

I have run my Norton to no avail. It tells me I have viruses, but it doesn't tell me how to quarantine, repair or even delete them. Each time my computer reboots, it tells me something about my security settings and how something is no longer readable (
I cry a little each time).

With only myself to blame, I am not sure what to do or where to go (
and November began so promisingly).


10 comments:

  1. Hartfordbarbell11/04/2005 4:33 AM

    Dop,
    The only non virus loading spyware free P2P application is Emule Plus. There are a few tools you will have to run on your laptop to remove the crap hyjacking it. Start by going to download.com run by Cnet and download spybot, and ad-aware. install and run both. Then you will need a few other tools but you can im me when your ready to cross that bridge.

    Hartfordbarbell

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  2. Dop:

    When your laptop is cleaned up, consider different anti-virus software. Norton's is not that good. Spybot I have heard of before. It is said to be good. CB

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  3. >>>>>>>>>>>>
    Ah man !
    Hope something works. Consider getting an exterior hardrive for storing backups of important, critical folders once you get your system corrected.

    Tony

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  4. Sorry to hear about the crash. Once you get up and running, there are ways to copy songs off of your iPod and onto your computer.

    I use Anapod Explorer which you have to pay $25 for, but here's a free program - no idea if it's any good or not, but I can vouch Anapod Explorer is useful!

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  5. Shoulda bought a mac :)
    Seriously, those P2P music share things are a bad idea. I gotta side with the music industry that its illegal, and therefore shouldn't be done.

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  6. you might also try Microsoft Beta Antispyware:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=321cd7a2-6a57-4c57-a8bd-dbf62eda9671&displaylang=en
    ciao

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  7. Spybot and Adaware are good but are not antivirus. If you keep an up to date copy of Norton Systemworks running on your system it will handle, spam, spyware, viruses, everything!

    I've had to learn the hard way that backups are important. Even if you just burn to a CD or DVD from time to time. Hard drives all fail eventually so it pays to be careful.

    P2P apps have become the fishing ground for malware and viruses these days so you have to be VERY careful about what you download and/or install. If you want something that is guaranteed not to mess with your computer go to sourceforge.net -- It's a site with lots of free/opensource software. Search for "emule" or "edonkey" and you'll eventually find a client for windows that you like. None of the stuff there is dodgy.

    Hope you manage to get things back or figure it out Dop.

    Lachlan

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  8. HartfordBarbell11/05/2005 6:48 PM

    I'm sorry Folks I was recommending spybot and ad-aware to Dop NOT in place of good anti virus software, but as the beginnings of how Dop can regain control of his machine.
    Dop please note that most of the work will have to be done in safe mode with the system restore disabled. IM or email me if you need help doing that. The whole process should take less then 30 mins.

    As for your missing files, most likely they are toast. But look for a hidden folder named something beginning with the tilde "~" at the root of the boot drive (usually C:\) it may have your photos and MP3 files. You will have to turn on hidden files and show system files in order to see it in explorer.

    I still tend to suggest emule plus since it can't be tracked that easily http://emuleplus.info Oh my! I'm bad. Telling you how to avoid detection downloading copyrighted materials. :)

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  9. I am so sorry to hear about your computer...its so freaking scary now...some files :) i downloaded off Ares are all infected so be careful of what you install on to ur comp..sorry...I wish I was more techy to help u..

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  10. Once your computer is clean, be sure to not sign up for those things. Sometimes you get a lot more than what you pay for, and I don't mean in a good way.

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