OT: Microsoft is really annoying!
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.
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.
> 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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