An eclectic mix

I’m at my mothers house today trying to repair her computer…

Since it’s just me and the dog, I brought a few CDs to listen too on the nice stereo system. supplemented a few of my discs with a couple of theirs. Currently in the rotation:

Moulin Rouge Soundrack
Gravity Kills
Crystal Method
Dire Straights
Depeche Mode
Brass Works
Weird Al

It’s quite strange going from “Congress of Vienna” to “All About the Pentiums” to “My Teddybear” to “Come What May” to “Money for Nuthin”…


A couple of days ago, I got a piece of email from my mother. Well, more acurately – from her machine. It seems that she has been infected with the Klez H worm. What’s worse – the infection was successful in completely hosing her antivirus software.

I’ve been over at her house 3 times this week trying to clean this damn virus off her machine. Wednesday night was spent trying to get her antivirus software back up and running. I was partially successful, in that I was able to get it to run jjust long enough to identify the worm before it crapped out again. I had her try to run the McAffee repair tools Thursday night and report back on how it went. No luck. I personally think the McAffee virus software is more hassle than it’s worth. I’ve always had better luck with Norton. So, last night I brought over my Norton CD and booted from it to run another scan. As I suspected, since Klez was written after the Norton 2002 disk was created – it didn’t find anything. but it was worth a try.

I went home and used my machine to make a set of rescue disks which includes the latest virus definitions, (which I really should have done before coming over last night,) and I’m now scanning her machine again. Looks like the scanner found Klez H this time. If the scanner can clean the virus, I also have the FixKlez (and FxBgBear – yo never know) apps from Symantec on another floppy.

I WILL eradicate this damn worm today.

Meanwhile, I’m typing this blog entry on my Stepfather’s Titanium iBook, and fending off the dog, who is bored and wants to wrestle.