Thursday, October 16, 2008

Me: 1 Virus: 0

I think I might be a computer genius. Okay, well, I'm far from a computer genius, but right now I'm feeling proud of myself!

Last night, when I was surfing around on some blogs, my computer started acting wonky. My security software kept bringing up little windows that said "registry change detected" and I kept blocking it--but it was relentless.

Then the computer started shutting down out of nowhere. When it booted up again--all my icons were gone and my task bar was gone. All that was left was my background picture. Which is of Gerard Way--and I love to look at him so I'll show the pic here:

Let me just stop and gaze at him a minute....He's my boyfriend if you didn't know.

Okay, so that was all that was on my screen. Don had already gone to bed and I had nowhere to turn for help. So--all by myself!!I figured out how to get my Task Manager up and reinstate my icons. Now, I'm sure that's no big deal to you computer-savvy types out there--but to me it was huge!

So the icons were back, but there was this evil new icon on there! It was pretending to be some kind of spyware remover--but I knew it was a virus.

These little windows and boxes kept popping up saying my computer was infected and that I had to use this bogus spyware thing to remove it (and pay big money to do it--very scary).

I went to add/remove programs--but it couldn't be removed! It would bypass the removal process and just pop up again.

So I Googled the name of it and read about how it was this pure evil virus and very difficult to remove. It said I had to install some special scans to do it--but this virus was so sneaky, it would infiltrate every time I tried to get the scan.

Finally, I figured out a way to bypass it and get the scan loaded. I ran it and it took an hour and a half! It found almost 400 infected files--which is scary, because I think it just kept multiplying and I shudder to think what it would have done to the computer if I hadn't removed it right away.

So I fought the virus and I won! All by myself! But I worked on it until about two in the morning so my brain is fried. Which is why this semi-boring story is the best thing I can think to write about. Sorry!

This is the part where you can comment and say what a computer genius I am. No, I'm just kidding--you don't have to. But wasn't I good!?!
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31 comments:

Z's Mom said...

Way to go, Jennifer!!!! No mercy on that virus.

I know, it makes me feel pretty smart when I figure something out on the computer too. Like I had lost my sound on my laptop....I reinstalled some audio drivers...boom...I have sound now. Last night was a breakthrough for both of us!! :)

Ronda's Rants said...

I am impressed!!! I would be waking my youngest up! He doesn't live with me anymore...

Jennifer said...

Yay! WTG Jen!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

sucks - I can't even tell my hubs this - he will freak out and tell me this is why I am NOT to be blogging!

oº˚ Queen Bee ˚ºo said...

My husband got one on his computer the other day and messed some things up. He got his off of you tube by opening a video.

Way to go! Much Love
Anissa

Tami said...

GREAT JOB JEN!!! I wouldnt have even known where to begin. I would have gone to wake up Daniel and made him come fix it!!

Aleta said...

I'm impressed! I would have gone to Greg for help. Do you think you caught it from a fellow blogger? That's sad, but then that person probably didn't even know it was on their system.

And who in their right mind creates a virus? Someone with too much time and not enough going on in their real world! Grr..

Susie said...

That is genius!! I would have freaked out!

Annikke said...

Hello computer genius! I know who I'm gonna call on the next time I have trouble!

CaraBee said...

You rock! I would never have been able to figure it out. Those viruses are so scary.

Jessica said...

Go you!!! :)
I always feel so gratified when figure a computer issue out. My husband calls me his geek squad. LOL

Kori said...

Yay for you! And Ia ctually really mean that. But I have NO idea who that guy us. You say the name, and I see the picture, but nothing.

Becky said...

I am SSOO impressed! I could never do that! I hate those viruses!

Good thing you are so darn smart!

noble pig said...

You are super-computer woman. That is so great, I think I would have just cried.

Ann said...

You are good! You ARE a computer genius!
(Nice picture of your boyfriend, by the way ;-> )

Andrea said...

i had the same virus on my old computer a few months ago. i posted about it.anyway, i *thought* i had it kicked too, but it was never the same after it, pretty much useless out of safe mode so we had to get a new computer. =0( i'm glad you kicked it's butt!

Jennifer said...

Thanks Guys! :-)

Andrea--I used this this called Malwarebytes anti-malware. You can download it free--hopefully you won't need it again, but just in case!!

Andrea said...

that's what i used too, but somehow it didn't get it all out for me. =0( i found some computer genius blogger chick and she helped me alot, she specialized in that certain viruse or something? lol! anyway, it was time for a new one anyway i suppose. hah!

Shannon said...

You go, girl!

I am technologically-challenged, too... Shane has told me he's quite impressed that I've figured out this blogging stuff all on my own!

steenky bee said...

You rock, and apparently de-bug things. Can you come get a nasty stain out of my carpet? I'm going to go google your boyfriend now. (twelve years ago that would have sounded so nasty)

amelia bedelia said...

way to go computer geek!

Insane Mama said...

Can you come fix all the is wrong on my computer and make it right again? PLEASE!

Jen B. said...

Way to go! Want to tackle my desktop? I've given up hope... I too am horrible with computers!

careysue said...

What a great feeling when you can do it without help!!!

Way to go! I am impressed!!

Dee said...

Well done, I google stuff like that too, but get a bit scared at all the remedies!

Glad you worked it out!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

You are a computer genius, I bow at your feet!
Seriously, I am impressed. I'd have been handing it over to hubby!

Anonymous said...

You are a computer genius, but your Halloween stuff scared the crap out of me! Can you guess who I am?

Jennifer said...

Yes I know who you are--ANNE! I'm sorry --I need to email you! I will later today...

Anonymous said...

So, there you have it; Jenny, you are a computer/emotional genius.
Yep, it's me!

lauryn said...

you can say you defeated the evil virus but we all know gerard scared them away lol know you did it all ur self but he must of help some way...or some gerard way (ok that was a bad joke)

Jennifer said...

LOL Lauryn--yes I'm sure Gerard was helping behind the scenes!