Tue, Apr 26 2005 22:56
I flattened a box tonight
It wasn't my workstation...but rather than of my hairdressers. I was cleaning it up for her. And even with Norton Antivirus and Microsoft's Antispyware I only had about 3 minutes after bootup before 57 Internet Explorer Windows popped up ...mind you this was with the machine “not” on the Internet. Oh and it had about.blank on there as well. So what did I do with it?
I booted it long enough to get the necessary documents off [which fortunately didn' take that long] and then I booted it from a Windows XP cdrom, removed the partition, repartioned it and had it totally wipe the harddrive and reformat. Now I'm putting programs back on.
Oh, and I'm doing something else too... I'm making the daughter and son's account into limited user mode and not giving them administrator rights. You see that's how this computer got into this mess. Even with Norton up to date... even though Microsoft antispyware was on the machine [which in fairness this was added later in a last ditch effort to clean the box, unfortunately it was unsuccessful], and even while I was getting the data off, the spyware cleaner was attempting to block stuff but it just couldn't do it.
Now this system has XP sp2 on it with the firewall enabled and the auto updates turned on. Antivirus is on, Anti Spyware is on.... and now I'm sending it back off to hopefully stay safe and secure.
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