So, as I was saying yesterday about all the trouble I was having trying to clean up my friends´ infected computer I finally got all their stuff off there computer that they wanted to save and took the cleaned and reformatted hard drive back to the ailing dung heap of a Dell computer. I spent another couple of hours reinstalling, yes, you guessed it, Windows XP all the drivers, the Verizon high speed crap, and all the accompanying updates for everything. I made it really difficult to start up Internet Explorer, installed Firefox and all the goodies that I like to go with it, installed Thunderbird, some anti-virus and finally a firewall. I felt pretty good about everything and released it back into the wild.
I let them play on it for a while, and at the end of the night while we were having a glass of wine I figured I would go in and check on things and give it a quick virus scan. Well you would not believe that two hours after I have finished putting it all back together again they had managed to get two dozen trojans on the machine and now I am back to square one. I have to back there again tomorrow night and do it all again. Ugh. I am so glad I am a Linux man, Fedora that is
Well I have to say windows can really be a disaster or more importantly those that use the operating system. I spent about four hours last night and about the same this morning trying to remove and clean viruses and trojans out of a friends of mine Dell Dimension computer with Windows XP
They have a Dsl modem and a teenage daughter who likes download all kinds of stuff as well as instant message her friends. They called me up because they could no longer log in. The computer would get to the login screen but, as soon as you tried to log in to a account the computer would act like it was and then say saving system settings and put you right back to the login screen. They had tried to remove the AOL aim program and that is when the fun started.
After trying to get into windows safe mode with command prompt I finally gave up and removed the hard drive home to dissect it and find out what was up. Wow! That is all I will say. Trojans and viruses galore.
I ended up just cleaning out the user files, burning them to Cd´s since they do not have a DVD player (which is a good enough reason to go out and buy DVD Burner) and reformatting the disk. Well now I am off to re-install the hard drive, reinstall windows and install fresh anti-virus software and a fire wall.
I am bringing over a Knoppix disk for them to use in case of another emergency. Got to love linux.
I am going to do my best to hide Internet Explorer from them and install the newest Firefox with some cool extensions such as NoScript and Ad-Block.
Until later when I am out from under Windows world and can breath again.