Malware, me and the dentist

I am very pleased with myself this evening, given that the day didn’t start so well.

When I got up, I remembered that last night my computer was infected, as I watched, with a fake Security Protection malware bug. I just turned the computer off since it was late and I knew I needed a clear mind to deal with it. It is very alarming to watch – the picture below (it is harmless now, I assure you – the picture is scanned from a printout on another computer – you can’t catch it) does not do it justice, since you can’t see the fast-scrolling activity, scary virus names and alerts, and flashing colours. Very disturbing to watch in action, especially since you KNOW that in the best case scenario, hours will be spent to remove it.

I REALLY do NOT like having to take care of my computer. You might ask…

  1. What did I have 3 children for, if not to take care of my computer in my old age?
  2. Even more basic, why did I marry an electronics guy, if not to take care of my computer?

The answers are different for the 2 questions…

  1. Precisely to do that. However, I am optimistic and assume that I’ll be around for awhile yet, using computers, and I think I need to keep up with technology for awhile yet. I am not quite ready to hand it over to the kids, especially since I still need to be my mother’s Help Desk!
  2. This is more complicated. My husband will not be sympathetic to my plight, and will first assume that whatever is wrong with my computer is my own fault. Neither, is he fully up-to-date on real-person usage of consumer software and modern social media. I must say, though, that he is definitely the go-to person if you are ever stuck on a desert island needing someone to fabricate a computer or communication device or grenade launcher out of coconut leaves, conch shells and maybe the water-logged remains of your backpack.

Back to my day…

After thinking about the computer problem, I headed off to the dentist before the office. Chatted with him about our daughters who have absconded to Australia, and then he offered to plug a hole in my tooth. He said if the root and nerve are still healthy, the discomfort will go away and all will be well. However, if the root and nerve are lousy, things will get worse, fast. Then I’ll need a root canal. He takes Fridays off, and is going on vacation the week after next, so he scheduled me for Thursday. (Hmmm.)

On to the office, where the usual non-bloggable activities never change, and the Help Desk is only a phone call away if something goes wrong with my office computer.

This evening I started the task I’d been dreading all day – trying to remove the malware from the computer. I had googled and found a website that my son said could be trusted – Malwarebytes. So I downloaded the fix (using hubby’s computer when he wasn’t looking) onto a memory stick, plugged it into my computer, followed the confusing instructions as best I could, and VOILA!!!!!!! It’s fixed. What a victory! I am now ready to take on a root canal.

5 thoughts on “Malware, me and the dentist

  1. I believe I had the same malware in March. Don’t forget to repair your registry after you remove your malware. I still haven’t repaired my registry (because my computer was functioning fine) but I was told last week that my computer appeared to be missing critical programs, and diagnosis of other issues will be impossible until I take care of the registry.

    Also, you did not need to use Dad’s computer to download Malwarebytes. It’s my understanding that most malware just hides your programs, not removes them/makes them inaccessible. I found my IE using the handy “search” function and could download it without having to ask someone else to do it for me.

  2. Now I’ve been searching info about registry cleaning/repair and can’t reach a conclusion. So, I will err on the side of easy, and not do anything. Let me know what you do!

  3. The best cure for this sort of thing, I have found by experience, is a complete system disc failure without a backup available. Your resulting new disk and reinstall will be pristinely free of malware. Biology proves this: consider malware as mutations, and the original Windows OS as DNA . Rather than having organisms that try to live forever, with regular surgery and spring tonics, species do regular complete-reinstalls of the type above in the form of having children.

    Before any MAC users get going on my comment, consider that individuals of some species can live almost forever, e.g. spreading vegetative fungi. However, this is achieved by having limited functionality and almost no flexibility in lifestyle.

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