Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ka-pow

When I was in the Wells Fargo bank parking lot in Eagan today, it was difficult to park because there were so many cops, and a tow truck. I don't know what the deal was, because there didnt' seem to be anything in particular going on, other than two cops with three squad cars having a guy filling out forms and dropping things into a plastic bag. Voluntarially that is, he didn't look to be under duress. It was more like he was identifying things. When I came back out to my car, I noticed a crimped brass shell sitting next to the car, so I wandered over and told the policeman about it, who came over to get it. Now I have to wonder if I missed a robbery (with subsequent apprehension) just before I got to the bank. Weird.

Speaking of bullets - right after I got my brand new screen, the computer took one. It caught Vundo again, a particularly annoying version of the infection that neither VundoFix nor VirtumondoBeGone could cure because a virus dll, gebbcyy.dll, was hanging out on some faux explore.exe process . I went so far as to post on the Atribune site to see if they could help me remove it, but before they got back to me, Norton grabbed a new set of virus definitions and one of them actually seemed to catch and clean the Trojan. At least it looks that way. No more random popups. No more spiking CPU, not even a little bit of spiking when I'm looking at ProcessExplorer. The quarantine indicates it grabbed the offending file as well as piles of registry entries. I feel much better about life when I'm virus free. I don't know how you all mentally handle your biological STDs. I'd be miserable with worry.

5 comments:

TallBrad said...

I don't worry about those, now that I have a Mac.

Scooter said...

You can get worms and trojans on a Mac, though obviously with not near the frequency of a PC. And as soon as you install Office, Apache, Java, etc., you've added more vulnerabilities.

PTW said...

What's a crimed brass shell?

Scooter said...

Sorry about that pooteewheet. Changed it to "crimped".

Alex said...

How do you keep getting those viruses, you must be putting yourself in some high risk situations. Be careful what you link to or who you download. :-)