Saturday, February 21, 2009
Ohmigosh! What a week. Last weekend Mark got a virus (a Botnet really) on his computer and he's really just now getting it back to "normal" after reformatting and losing most all of the stuff saved on it. He and I share a network, so for the fear of it creeping over to my computer, I've had to leave mine off. The botnet apparently came in via a worm virus. If you get an e-mail (even if it's from a friend) about a UFO at the inauguration (videos attached to it), DON'T OPEN IT!!! This thing was the weirdest thing I've ever seen. It was moving his files, hiding files and deleting files. The worst it got was when the computer would restart, then about 2 minutes later, it would turn itself off...this went on for a while as he attempted to get it fixed. Earlier in the week, when he was finally able to access his e-mail account, he received a notice from our internet company that his internet service was shut down. He called, as the notice instructed, and found out that during the time he was working on his computer, for about a 3 or 4 hour period, that his server sent out over 800,000 (yes you are reading that number correctly) spam e-mails. Luckily the internet service people recognized what it was and gave him a little more info on it, so he was able to better find programs that would help him get it fixed. Thankfully my hubby is a geek and was able to get it fixed...otherwise his computer may have been trashed. I wouldn't have been able to fix it, that's for sure!