OT: Microsoft is really annoying!

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Thu Apr 15 19:05:39 EDT 2010


Sounds like you got ahold of one of the rare but not unheard of bugs that actually infect your boot sector. Sometimes you can mount a drive like that in an enclosure and connect it to a protected Windows computer and scan it. Typically if you are going to do a wipe and re-install, you should delete and recreate the partition, which the factory restore disk probably does not do. 

As an aside, I have for years wondered if it wasn't the anti-virus vendors themselves who pay certain shady characters to come up with these viruses. Food for thought. 

Bob


On Apr 15, 2010, at 1:09 AM, Bernard Devlin wrote:

> I just consigned windows to a read-only VM for ever.  If it wasn't for
> Rev and it's failings on Linux, I wouldn't be running Windows at all.
> 
> After getting a malware infection that disabled my AV and Windows
> Defender, and wouldn't let me reinstall AV (not even from "safe"
> mode), I restored the laptop from the official restore disks.  That
> restore failed.  Then I tried to install vanilla Vista.  That failed
> (wouldn't accept the license number that came with the DVD, a DVD that
> came directly from Microsoft themselves).  So I went back to use XP --
> multiple BSODs, during the install.  I considered getting Windows 7,
> but after reading the reviews over on Amazon, I decided I wasn't
> throwing more money at MS.
> 
> I tried ubuntu 9.10.  It asked a few questions, then installed in
> about 20 mins, everything working.  Ten years ago it was so hard to
> get Linux up and running compared to Windows.  Now the tables have
> turned.  If it wasn't for their abusive monopoly position, there is no
> way MS would be able to get away with such rubbish.
> 
> Bernard
> 
> On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 10:15 PM, Andrew Kluthe <andrew at rjdfarm.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Sounds like you got some hijacks or some other kind of malware.
>> 
>> Look it over with Malware Bytes Anti-Malware.
>> 
>> I haven't used "Adaware" in quite a few years, but it might give you some
>> solutions as well.
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