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Posted on 2008.11.13 at 14:00
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Excelsior!
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I only managed three hours of sleep last night.

When I'm not over-engineering complex solutions to rather simple problems, I sometimes fall prey to them. Yesterday I download an *.exe file and thought to myself, "I bet that's a virus." But because I work for a technologies company who provides us very robust tools, I laugh a viruses, mostly because I don't use Windows. That day, however, I was on my XP box. Not to worry, I scanned the file and it came back with a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, the moment I double-clicked it, well...let's just say my virus software finally became aware of the problem. It dawned on me that my company doesn't give us the best anti-virus solution, rather, the most cost-effective. Fortunately, I also run Spybot's registry resident, which blocks all changes to my registry. Unfortunately, the virus in question persistently probed the operating system for access, resulting in thousands of popups, two every half-second. Growing tired of this game, I finally selected, "remember this decision" and chose 'block.' At least, I thought I did. For whatever reason, the resident doesn't fully draw its buttons, so I actually ended up choosing, 'allow' at which point Spybot notified me one last time of my choice, and the virus shut down my computer.

I booted into linux and ran f-prot on the windows partition, deleting several of the executables:

sudo ./f-prot -a

[Found security risk] {W32/Backdoor.BVZK (exact)} /media/sda1/bndafai.exe

Disinfect (Y/N/A/Q) ? Y
[Warning] {Error closing file: Success} /media/sda1/bndafai.exe
[Deleted] /media/sda1/bndafai.exe

But it was all downhill from there. Despite my dizzying array of malware-hunters I was unable to locate the trojans which infected me, and reinstalled. Yes, I was up all night. Fortunately, separate volumes house all my data, so I only had to blow away the OS disc. And while this was a tremendous pain in the ass, re-installing my apps was quick and painless and as an added bonus, my 4-year old computer again runs like a scalded ape. And to think I was considering a new computer. The only thing I have left to do is reinstall the liunx boot-block.

And I received the new iPods yesterday! While I was importing my iTunes data into the new installation I paid particular attention to cover art, and had a discussions with stuf123 who's going to draw album art for the new Indiana Jones Soundtracks Collection for us! Interestingly, the Nano cannot sync video podcasts - the number one reason why my wife wanted them. I'm still baffled by this discovery, but the apple support forums are already ablaze with accusations, so I think I'll sit this one out and wait for the firmware upgrade. The first thing I put on my iPod was Excelsior! followed by Indiana Jones.

Thanks babe!

The only break I took during last nights activities was to play a game of three-way 'War' with my kids using a deck of Star WarsRebel and Imperial cards shuffled together.

I lost.

And finally, that meme going around - I saw it first at wyldemusick:

If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I had been arrested for?


Anima Engine
anima_engine at 2008-11-13 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to quote a friend:

"If I saw you in the back of a police car, I would point and laugh, take a pic with my phone's camera and text it to you.

Now stop asking me."

ehowton at 2008-11-13 21:52 (UTC) (Link)
Knew I could count on you - thanks!
Anima Engine
anima_engine at 2008-11-13 21:53 (UTC) (Link)
Nah, I wouldn't do that. I'd assume it was a case of mistaken identity. Hey! What are you guys doing!?!?
glodowg at 2008-11-13 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
assault of the trashman
ehowton at 2008-11-13 21:51 (UTC) (Link)
Its not the trashmen I have a beef with. It's their contract holder.

Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-11-13 20:56 (UTC) (Link)
If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I had been arrested for?

Um, hello? I'd assume you'd just ended up sitting there, and that you hadn't been arrested or anything.
ehowton at 2008-11-13 21:49 (UTC) (Link)
That is sooooooo sweet! Unlikely though :P
galinda822 at 2008-11-13 21:03 (UTC) (Link)
I'd assumed you'd been arrested for....streaking.
ehowton at 2008-11-13 21:48 (UTC) (Link)
Before my wife was even my girlfriend I pulled a stunt like that once.

galinda822 at 2008-11-14 03:48 (UTC) (Link)
glodowg at 2008-11-13 21:42 (UTC) (Link)
btw - virus + XP = reformat

I have not been able to recover from a virus in over 8 years. It sux big time!
ehowton at 2008-11-13 21:47 (UTC) (Link)
I've successfully recovered from virus before, but never trojans. I hope the people who write those go to special part of hell.
glodowg at 2008-11-13 21:51 (UTC) (Link)
funny cause I have been able to recover from trojans, after much research though. Perhaps we need to form a cooperative!
Complete and Utter Nonsense
jesskd26 at 2008-11-13 21:44 (UTC) (Link)
I would guess that you would be in the police car for inciting a riot (I have seen some of your debate provoking posts on the Anna forum) or conspiracy of some sort (because of the conspiracies involving Tom.) Either or, you are looking at a felony charge. A good attorney could get you off with a slap on the wrist.
ehowton at 2008-11-13 21:50 (UTC) (Link)
I too am worried that some half-wit is going to take up arms and try to 'show me up' through brute-force.

Thankfully, drax0r gave catttitude that nice shotgun...
catttitude at 2008-11-14 03:18 (UTC) (Link)
If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I had been arrested for?

ehowton at 2008-11-14 03:26 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, yeah...
glodowg at 2008-11-14 14:53 (UTC) (Link)
She got you there!
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-11-16 09:55 (UTC) (Link)
If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I had been arrested for?

Making an obtuse clone fall.
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