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NJCardFan
01-01-2011, 06:42 AM
Don't know where I got it but it essentially killed my computer. It happened yesterday and it was nuts. It affected everything and it was one of those where it wants you to get a specific anti-virus program. I should have written down the company name so I could sue them. It shut down everything. And I'm going to write a strongly worded letter to McAfee as this virus completely annihilated them. I couldn't run anything so I shut down, rebooted and tried to run fixes and none worked. I even tried to reset to an earlier date, nothing. I couldn't even boot up completely. I was forced to reformat and so far so good but gone are a lot of stuff I had. Pictures and old articles I had written for the website I used to work for. Live and learn I guess.

djones520
01-01-2011, 06:45 AM
External hard drives. I keep all of my music, pictures, video's, etc. all backed up on an external hard drive in the event something like that happens.

obx
01-01-2011, 09:19 AM
My wife had something like that on her laptop. She called it "Ransom" ware. She had to set up an admin. account to get around it.

MrsSmith
01-01-2011, 09:49 AM
So far, **knock wood**, we've never had to reformat. I was seriously stressed yesterday as I just got through uploading all the Christmas pics and videos, but hadn't backed them up...and had deleted them from the camera. Thankfully, whatever was wrong seems to have been repaired by the original installation disc. Definitely planning to spend several hours this weekend running scans and burning CDs.

Our last major bug, I read a hint online about looking at running programs through Windows Defender, since Taskmanager in Vista totally sucks. I found the program and shut it down, then used Malwarebytes to zap that file and find the remaining infection.

Kay
01-01-2011, 09:58 AM
Did you ever find out what the name of the virus is?
Sounds like a nasty one. I back up all my documents
and photos to thumb drives periodically.

Rockntractor
01-01-2011, 11:05 AM
External hard drives. I keep all of my music, pictures, video's, etc. all backed up on an external hard drive in the event something like that happens.

Some of these viruses will plant several copies of themselves on all your drives.

djones520
01-01-2011, 11:12 AM
Some of these viruses will plant several copies of themselves on all your drives.

If you keep them plugged in, yes.

When putting new pictures onto your machine, copy them to the hard drive, then unplug it and put it away. That way when you get a virus, you greatly mitigate the risk of losing all of that stuff.

Rockntractor
01-01-2011, 11:28 AM
If you keep them plugged in, yes.

When putting new pictures onto your machine, copy them to the hard drive, then unplug it and put it away. That way when you get a virus, you greatly mitigate the risk of losing all of that stuff.
In most cases yes but some viruses will remain dormant for long periods and can escape detection from some antivirus programs. They will migrate to your external drives during backup transfers and awaken months later.
I have 10 TB of external storage on several drives, I still have everything i saved on my first windows computers from the 90s, about 5 years ago I had a virus like I have described wake up in everything. Trend Micro, Panda, Norton, Mcfee, were all useless Kaspersky and Avast were suspenseful in cleaning up everything.
The drive enclosures I use now are the sata Toaster type were you insert your drives head down in an open slot and remove them when your finished. There is nothing 100% safe.

Rockntractor
01-01-2011, 11:47 AM
This is the type of external drive dock that I use, Like Mr. Jones says, remove your drives when not in use.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153071

AmPat
01-01-2011, 01:15 PM
I say the perps should be hunted down and torture killed live online. If we can find kiddy porn perps, we can find these guys too. I'd even pay an access fee to watch the vermin get exterminated.:mad:

Rockntractor
01-01-2011, 01:39 PM
I say the perps should be hunted down and torture killed live online. If we can find kiddy porn perps, we can find these guys too. I'd even pay an access fee to watch the vermin get exterminated.:mad:

I suspect Steve Jobs and Hampstershire!:mad:

NJCardFan
01-01-2011, 04:08 PM
Did you ever find out what the name of the virus is?
Sounds like a nasty one. I back up all my documents
and photos to thumb drives periodically.

Unfortunately no but I wish I did. Usually when something like this happens, I can restore to an earlier point, reboot, run all my virus and adaware stuff, and be fine but this time it wouldn't reboot into windows so I was screwed.

Bubba Dawg
01-01-2011, 07:41 PM
I'm not really savy so what keeps the virus from going to the back-up drive?

Rockntractor
01-01-2011, 07:43 PM
I'm not really savy so what keeps the virus from going to the back-up drive?

If the back up is turned on while the host computer is infected, nothing stops it.

Bubba Dawg
01-01-2011, 07:53 PM
If the back up is turned on while the host computer is infected, nothing stops it.

Dang. :eek:

I was afraid of that.