[s-cars] WARNING!!! HELP!! VIRUS???!!!
smarinello at terralog.com
Mon Jan 27 06:48:26 EST 2003
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This is not a "Watch Out for this Virus!" message. I don't know what hit m=
e,l but here goes.
Sometime late yesterday, my computer, running W2000, suddenly asked for a p=
assword with the user Administrator. There is/was no password. I didn't s=
et it up that way. Suddenly, I was denied access to Windows, although I'd =
been running it and getting email, etc. all day. NOTE! I had updated and =
run AVG Friday. It's running a scan as I type this. I'm on the laptop rig=
ht now, which, literally, I was about to update with all the desktop files =
at the time this happened.
After multiple restarts without success in getting past the password reques=
t, I loaded the W2000 disc and went for a system repair. Unfortunately, I =
was informed that all system files/data would be erased/rewritten,even with=
the repair option, so I cancelled that. At this point, I was going to gra=
b my Ontrack disk and try to get around it again when I acquiesced and trie=
d the wife's suggestion to try any password I had used before with the Admi=
nistrator request. First time, my email password, worked and I was in....t=
o find devastation.
There are no email files, messages, addresses, etc. At first, it seemed vi=
rtually all files were lost, but it turned out that another set of folders =
had been created that appeared to hold most of them, but no email files. =
Then it got worse. It appears that most files or program that had been acc=
essed recently is gone. The Office 2000 shell appears to be there, but ask=
s for the install disc to do anything...and then doesn't go through any ins=
After running AVG (no database updates available, so I doubt it will find a=
nything), I'll try to recover something with Ontrack. I have no idea what =
happened, but it hit me right when I didn't need it, working on two reports=
to clients that have to be submitted in the next few days. At least I was=
running the computer simulations on the laptop, so I haven't lost them.
Utterly deflating to open up and find nearly everything gone. I'd almost p=
refer a hard drive crash.
I've got to learn to back up daily, although I still would have been hit pr=
etty hard this time if I had with the reports, just not everything else.
Any advice as I move forward to try and recover something will be appreciat=
ed. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to spend on this, so I'll tr=
y to get the reports done on the laptop for now.
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