What’s this popup? Oh hell… OH HELL!

Since Saturday night I’ve been involved in an epic battle against the trojan that installed itself on my machine. Well… it didn’t install ITSELF, I was a bit too quick while surfing the web; my hands were faster than my brain and I clicked on the WRONG DAMN THING…

…next thing I know, my machine is literally going insane right before my eyes. My anti-malware app gives a brief warning and then promptly shits itself. To Death. Certain security websites are unreachable. I get repeated authentic-seeming windows popups telling me that I have been infected with every species of malware known to man. Some random new “anti-malware” program attempts to install itself every five minutes. Every few seconds, the (authentic-seeming) Windows Security Center screen opens in an attempt to lure me into buying more security software. The machine locks up every time I try to boot into safe mode.

And, while I’m busy googling and virus scanning… my computer shuts down. No, it didn’t crash… it SHUT DOWN.



The rest of the weekend and the last two days were interesting. I got my computer to at least ACT as if it were under my control, and it passes scans from the handful of malware-scanners I’ve thrown at it since. Of course, I can’t be 100% sure it’s clean until I try a few more things, and even then I can only be about 90% sure, so I may end up re-installing the OS.

Needless to say, not a lot of writing got done over the past few days. Not a lot of writing will get done in the NEXT few days, and the weekend may be devoted to port scanning and other attempts to break into my own machine just to see if there are any holes still open.

Fortunately, no data was lost YET. I’ll get back to writing when I can trust the machine that I write on.


  1. nate, January 13, 2010:

    That sucks.

    I worked on a computer for a relative last year that probably had the same thing. Definitely the same symptoms. I ended up reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling the machine to out-of-box condition, then spent the next day just getting the updates for the OS and other programs.

    Good luck, and hopefully it won’t keep you from writing for more than a week.

  2. WeREwOLf, January 14, 2010:

    Holy security breach Batman! Well that explains why I haven’t seen your druid log on for the past few… er, I mean, why there’ve been no story updates… yeah, that’s what I meant.

    Best o’ luck with the system cleaning, though personally I prefer to nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure. Um, you DO keep frequent backups of your in-progress stories elsewhere, doncha? Network drive or something? They’re cheap now y’know. :)

  3. Kragon, January 14, 2010:

    Hey, what server and side do you guys play on… Just curious.

  4. WeREwOLf, January 14, 2010:

    Horde. Any more details than that should probably be discussed elsewhere, as I don’t give out personal info on websites, and I know D.I. values his privacy as well.

    Replace noexist with werewolf in noexistATdarkiconDOTcom.

  5. Kragon, January 14, 2010:

    kk. Understandable.

  6. WeREwOLf, January 14, 2010:

    I meant email me and we’ll discuss it further. :)~

  7. Kragon, January 14, 2010:

    lol sent

  8. nate, January 22, 2010:

    Is the computer back up and running, and do you feel it’s secure enough to continue writing yet?

    I’m supposed to go look at a computer tonight that was used by a the lady’s teenage runaway granddaughter once, and now it keeps popping up ads for porn.

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