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Merry Friday and a happy new WOTT!Smiley Happy

 

Spent close to 8 hours eradicating ~185 different viruses/malware from a clients computer. He let his AV software subscription lapse about 6 months ago.Smiley Frustrated It's like peeling an onion, but I finally got down to the nastiest of them (boot sector/MBR virus).

 

Supposed to be rainy and mild the next few days so I guess I'll get out and overseed some of the thin spots in the yard.

 

 

 




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Merry Friday and a happy new WOTT!Smiley Happy

 

Spent close to 8 hours eradicating ~185 different viruses/malware from a clients computer. He let his AV software subscription lapse about 6 months ago.Smiley Frustrated It's like peeling an onion, but I finally got down to the nastiest of them (boot sector/MBR virus).

 

Supposed to be rainy and mild the next few days so I guess I'll get out and overseed some of the thin spots in the yard.

 

 

 




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How can you be in two places at once, when your not anywhere at all?
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I really want to become a procrastinator, but I keep putting it off.
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There are three kinds of people, those that can count, and those that can't.
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“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them." :Bertrand Russell

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Wow, that's a bunch of viruses/malware CJ!

 

I've also been seeding some bare areas in the yard and looks like we better hurry it up. Peak fall color is in about 10 days here and looks like parts of Wyoming/the Rockies got buried in 2' of snow. Waay too early and that's normally their monthly total for October.

 

http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-atlas-forecast-20131001

 

Pumpkin shortage around here with high prices due to wet conditions in July and pumpkins like it dry.

 

Going to try to finish my roof project today by installing tar paper and shingles before the thunderstorms roll in.

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Wow, that's a bunch of viruses/malware CJ!

 

I've also been seeding some bare areas in the yard and looks like we better hurry it up. Peak fall color is in about 10 days here and looks like parts of Wyoming/the Rockies got buried in 2' of snow. Waay too early and that's normally their monthly total for October.

 

http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-atlas-forecast-20131001

 

Pumpkin shortage around here with high prices due to wet conditions in July and pumpkins like it dry.

 

Going to try to finish my roof project today by installing tar paper and shingles before the thunderstorms roll in.

Uniblurb3

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I work technical support for my company and I've had a few customers this past week that have been infected with a virus/malware called cryptolocker. This is a ransom virus and if you pay, it does actually clean.  If you don't pay, 72 hours after receiving the ransom notice it will encrypt the majority of your files rending them useless.  Anything with an extension of .doc to .raw and many more in between.  Cleaning and restoring your computer once infected is an extremely time consuming process.  It is sent via an email that look legit and is usually coming from "customer support" from UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/506924/cryptolocker-hijack-program/page-26#entry3165383

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I work technical support for my company and I've had a few customers this past week that have been infected with a virus/malware called cryptolocker. This is a ransom virus and if you pay, it does actually clean.  If you don't pay, 72 hours after receiving the ransom notice it will encrypt the majority of your files rending them useless.  Anything with an extension of .doc to .raw and many more in between.  Cleaning and restoring your computer once infected is an extremely time consuming process.  It is sent via an email that look legit and is usually coming from "customer support" from UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/506924/cryptolocker-hijack-program/page-26#entry3165383

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
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Uniblurb3 wrote:

Wow, that's a bunch of viruses/malware CJ!

 

I've also been seeding some bare areas in the yard and looks like we better hurry it up. Peak fall color is in about 10 days here and looks like parts of Wyoming/the Rockies got buried in 2' of snow. Waay too early and that's normally their monthly total for October.

 


We got a couple of inches here but just 14 miles down the road I'm hearing 18-24" with three schools closed. My spousal unit has to drive through all that to get to work.

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Uniblurb3 wrote:

Wow, that's a bunch of viruses/malware CJ!

 

I've also been seeding some bare areas in the yard and looks like we better hurry it up. Peak fall color is in about 10 days here and looks like parts of Wyoming/the Rockies got buried in 2' of snow. Waay too early and that's normally their monthly total for October.

 


We got a couple of inches here but just 14 miles down the road I'm hearing 18-24" with three schools closed. My spousal unit has to drive through all that to get to work.

Remember to always mark items that you find useful as "Accepted Solutions”, you can even mark multiple posts in a single thread.  This will help other users find this information too!!


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Uni: I am still thinking of your son's harrowing jaunt across the Southwest.  I also agree that a Transmission Cooler could have really helped, especially pulling a heavy trailer.  Many short track stock cars these days use automatics and most have to run coolers.  I may have even seen haulers (toy, car or camper) have coolers mounted on the outside, to catch more air.  Hopefully he will have the tranny flushed to get that spent fluid replaced.  His Jeep will be grateful, lol.

 

I've been hearing lots aboit Freedompop. Free 4G phone service (200 minutes, 500 texts and 500 mb of data) or unlimited talk/text for $11.  Seems interesting!

Uni: I am still thinking of your son's harrowing jaunt across the Southwest.  I also agree that a Transmission Cooler could have really helped, especially pulling a heavy trailer.  Many short track stock cars these days use automatics and most have to run coolers.  I may have even seen haulers (toy, car or camper) have coolers mounted on the outside, to catch more air.  Hopefully he will have the tranny flushed to get that spent fluid replaced.  His Jeep will be grateful, lol.

 

I've been hearing lots aboit Freedompop. Free 4G phone service (200 minutes, 500 texts and 500 mb of data) or unlimited talk/text for $11.  Seems interesting!

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oufanindallas wrote:

I work technical support for my company and I've had a few customers this past week that have been infected with a virus/malware called cryptolocker. This is a ransom virus and if you pay, it does actually clean.  If you don't pay, 72 hours after receiving the ransom notice it will encrypt the majority of your files rending them useless.  Anything with an extension of .doc to .raw and many more in between.  Cleaning and restoring your computer once infected is an extremely time consuming process.  It is sent via an email that look legit and is usually coming from "customer support" from UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/506924/cryptolocker-hijack-program/page-26#entry3165383


 

Yup, had the old fake AV ransomware, but that was just on the surface and those are fairly easy to get around. The two deep ones I found were DOS.Alureon and Boot.Pihar (backdoor/data stealer). Particularly well entrenched little buggers, but I'll get around them. It's just gonna be time consuming copying off the drive images, flushing them offline, wiping the original drive and copying the clean images back.

 

My problem is a lot of the people I have to do this for don't have recovery software and are usually operating on limited funds so no OS replacement/upgrade and I have to try to preserve the system in working order.

 

 




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“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them." :Bertrand Russell

                              


oufanindallas wrote:

I work technical support for my company and I've had a few customers this past week that have been infected with a virus/malware called cryptolocker. This is a ransom virus and if you pay, it does actually clean.  If you don't pay, 72 hours after receiving the ransom notice it will encrypt the majority of your files rending them useless.  Anything with an extension of .doc to .raw and many more in between.  Cleaning and restoring your computer once infected is an extremely time consuming process.  It is sent via an email that look legit and is usually coming from "customer support" from UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/506924/cryptolocker-hijack-program/page-26#entry3165383


 

Yup, had the old fake AV ransomware, but that was just on the surface and those are fairly easy to get around. The two deep ones I found were DOS.Alureon and Boot.Pihar (backdoor/data stealer). Particularly well entrenched little buggers, but I'll get around them. It's just gonna be time consuming copying off the drive images, flushing them offline, wiping the original drive and copying the clean images back.

 

My problem is a lot of the people I have to do this for don't have recovery software and are usually operating on limited funds so no OS replacement/upgrade and I have to try to preserve the system in working order.

 

 




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Been kind of busy so not writing much.  Trying to get going on a short auto trip down to Arlington, TX by way of our old home town of Newton, Kansas where we'll stop off for a few days to spend with my wife's cousin and her husband.  They are about all that's left of our family in that town...and surrounding area.  Both her folks and mine are buried there....right next to each other.  Didn't get down there for Memorial Day so maybe we'll go out to the cemetery and make sure the markers are in good condition, etc.  This is a test trip to see how well I hold up.  Now....in addition to regular bags and photo gear....I have to pack oxygen concentrator plus tank refiller pump and, of course, a few tanks.  Probably 75 lbs. of extra gear over and above usual baggage.  Not sure it's worth it but staying home is giving me terminal cabin fever.

 

Hey...Uni.  Might be great training if your son spent two or three weeks running back to Boston for the marathon...huh?   I think my youngest son is running a local marathon.  Either did so this weekend or will do so soon.  He loves running but he's now 53 yrs. old and he's slowing down quite a bit.  Usually, these days, he runs half marathons.  But once in a while he tackles the entire 26.5 miles (or whatever it is).  He and his sister-in-law run a lot together in various meets.

 

Our oldest son will be 57 later this year and he is doing a little bit of running or jogging.....sometimes just walking fast.  Watches his calorie intake like a hawk.....ever since the cardiologist informed him that some plaque build-up in his cardiac arteries beginning to appear in the CT scan that they did in a regular physical check-up for his company.  He knows what I went through 22 years ago....ending with triple bypass surgery....and now he's really being careful.  Luckily he found it out very early.  He's about 6 ft. to 6 ft. 1 inch tall and has his weight down to 169 lbs.  Blood pressure running around 110 to 115 over 55 to 65.  Really great considering he does not take any BP control medication like I do.  He probably has inherited the genes from me which passed down through my own dad.   Trouble was that back in 1964 cardiac medicine had not progressed to its current level so my pop died of his second coronary when he was 58 yrs. old.  Now, I'm 77.  So far no further heart problems....just these blasted lungs giving out.

Takes me 25 minutes to walk 6 to 7 blocks.  Just call me "Speedy".

 

On the computer malware subject.  WOW....we have been extremely lucky over the 25 years since that first computer.  Never had a virus.  Occasional malware or unwanted stuff shows up but Malwarebytes gets rid of it.  I run it routinely about once per month.  Windows Defender, that now comes with Win 8, has done a good job of taking care of virus protection and warding off other junk.  It's automatic...downloads the latest definitions and does a scan once everyday.  So far so good.  Of course, perhaps it is because my wife and I don't wander around a lot of questionable web sites and rarely conduct any kind of business on-line.  I run Ad Blocker Plus and also Ghostery (which blocks tracking apps).  I suppose there is always the possibility of a disaster.  Hasn't happened so far.

 

 

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. .......Margaret Thatcher

Been kind of busy so not writing much.  Trying to get going on a short auto trip down to Arlington, TX by way of our old home town of Newton, Kansas where we'll stop off for a few days to spend with my wife's cousin and her husband.  They are about all that's left of our family in that town...and surrounding area.  Both her folks and mine are buried there....right next to each other.  Didn't get down there for Memorial Day so maybe we'll go out to the cemetery and make sure the markers are in good condition, etc.  This is a test trip to see how well I hold up.  Now....in addition to regular bags and photo gear....I have to pack oxygen concentrator plus tank refiller pump and, of course, a few tanks.  Probably 75 lbs. of extra gear over and above usual baggage.  Not sure it's worth it but staying home is giving me terminal cabin fever.

 

Hey...Uni.  Might be great training if your son spent two or three weeks running back to Boston for the marathon...huh?   I think my youngest son is running a local marathon.  Either did so this weekend or will do so soon.  He loves running but he's now 53 yrs. old and he's slowing down quite a bit.  Usually, these days, he runs half marathons.  But once in a while he tackles the entire 26.5 miles (or whatever it is).  He and his sister-in-law run a lot together in various meets.

 

Our oldest son will be 57 later this year and he is doing a little bit of running or jogging.....sometimes just walking fast.  Watches his calorie intake like a hawk.....ever since the cardiologist informed him that some plaque build-up in his cardiac arteries beginning to appear in the CT scan that they did in a regular physical check-up for his company.  He knows what I went through 22 years ago....ending with triple bypass surgery....and now he's really being careful.  Luckily he found it out very early.  He's about 6 ft. to 6 ft. 1 inch tall and has his weight down to 169 lbs.  Blood pressure running around 110 to 115 over 55 to 65.  Really great considering he does not take any BP control medication like I do.  He probably has inherited the genes from me which passed down through my own dad.   Trouble was that back in 1964 cardiac medicine had not progressed to its current level so my pop died of his second coronary when he was 58 yrs. old.  Now, I'm 77.  So far no further heart problems....just these blasted lungs giving out.

Takes me 25 minutes to walk 6 to 7 blocks.  Just call me "Speedy".

 

On the computer malware subject.  WOW....we have been extremely lucky over the 25 years since that first computer.  Never had a virus.  Occasional malware or unwanted stuff shows up but Malwarebytes gets rid of it.  I run it routinely about once per month.  Windows Defender, that now comes with Win 8, has done a good job of taking care of virus protection and warding off other junk.  It's automatic...downloads the latest definitions and does a scan once everyday.  So far so good.  Of course, perhaps it is because my wife and I don't wander around a lot of questionable web sites and rarely conduct any kind of business on-line.  I run Ad Blocker Plus and also Ghostery (which blocks tracking apps).  I suppose there is always the possibility of a disaster.  Hasn't happened so far.

 

 

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. .......Margaret Thatcher
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Uni: I am still thinking of your son's harrowing jaunt across the Southwest.  I also agree that a Transmission Cooler could have really helped, especially pulling a heavy trailer.  Many short track stock cars these days use automatics and most have to run coolers.  I may have even seen haulers (toy, car or camper) have coolers mounted on the outside, to catch more air.  Hopefully he will have the tranny flushed to get that spent fluid replaced.  His Jeep will be grateful, lol.

 


 

Yeah Dave, I had mentioned in the last WOTT here I installed a new trans oil cooler on his 96 Jeep Cherokee before he left. As a past transmission mechanic, many moons ago, I knew better to send him off w/o one with that heavy load and this B&M SuperCooler is the one I bought/installed. Also installed a new heavy duty fan clutch which seemed to also help some. Had to do some research on both and you have to watch the HD/severe-duty fan clutches you buy because when the thermostat coil on the front engages the clutch they can make an awful roaring noise every time they kick on if you get the wrong one. Many will go back to original equipment once they find out how loud they are unless they use their Jeep for off-roading. Even then they will stir up an unbelievable amount of dust since they turn at a faster gear ratio for cooling the engine down. Now if you're driving a NASCAR who cares! LOL.

 

Phil, good luck on your trip and be safe! Kind of nice sometimes to go back to your old stomping grounds...

 

Funny you mention my son running from SD to the Boston Marathon since a lot of people asked if he ran to SD when he moved there. LOL, and reminiscent of Forest Gump! Smiley Very Happy

 

My son is so serious about marathon running it's a real addiction. Sometimes I wonder how good it's going to be for him in the long run (pun). Every morning he makes/drinks a quart of some smoothy he blends full of different minerals, vitamins, energy supplements, frozen berries, no-fat milk, etc.. He lived with us for a week while selling his house and it sure seemed like he became irritable quick if he didn't go burn some of that 'majic' blend energy off. Of course he was under a lot of stress with his house selling not going smoothly and moving but I do think those supplements set him off real quick.

 

Just finished installing the last piece of particle board on the roof yesterday evening and the sky caved in. Huge thunderstorm rolled in with 50mph winds, thunder/lightening, and we got 2-3" of rain real quick. Almost like a flash flood and luckily the tarp stayed in place on the roof where I need to put tarpaper/shingles on. Still raining hard now 6 hours later and we may have seen our last summer time temps. Dropped from 80 yesterday to 50 now!

Uniblurb3

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dhascall wrote:

Uni: I am still thinking of your son's harrowing jaunt across the Southwest.  I also agree that a Transmission Cooler could have really helped, especially pulling a heavy trailer.  Many short track stock cars these days use automatics and most have to run coolers.  I may have even seen haulers (toy, car or camper) have coolers mounted on the outside, to catch more air.  Hopefully he will have the tranny flushed to get that spent fluid replaced.  His Jeep will be grateful, lol.

 


 

Yeah Dave, I had mentioned in the last WOTT here I installed a new trans oil cooler on his 96 Jeep Cherokee before he left. As a past transmission mechanic, many moons ago, I knew better to send him off w/o one with that heavy load and this B&M SuperCooler is the one I bought/installed. Also installed a new heavy duty fan clutch which seemed to also help some. Had to do some research on both and you have to watch the HD/severe-duty fan clutches you buy because when the thermostat coil on the front engages the clutch they can make an awful roaring noise every time they kick on if you get the wrong one. Many will go back to original equipment once they find out how loud they are unless they use their Jeep for off-roading. Even then they will stir up an unbelievable amount of dust since they turn at a faster gear ratio for cooling the engine down. Now if you're driving a NASCAR who cares! LOL.

 

Phil, good luck on your trip and be safe! Kind of nice sometimes to go back to your old stomping grounds...

 

Funny you mention my son running from SD to the Boston Marathon since a lot of people asked if he ran to SD when he moved there. LOL, and reminiscent of Forest Gump! Smiley Very Happy

 

My son is so serious about marathon running it's a real addiction. Sometimes I wonder how good it's going to be for him in the long run (pun). Every morning he makes/drinks a quart of some smoothy he blends full of different minerals, vitamins, energy supplements, frozen berries, no-fat milk, etc.. He lived with us for a week while selling his house and it sure seemed like he became irritable quick if he didn't go burn some of that 'majic' blend energy off. Of course he was under a lot of stress with his house selling not going smoothly and moving but I do think those supplements set him off real quick.

 

Just finished installing the last piece of particle board on the roof yesterday evening and the sky caved in. Huge thunderstorm rolled in with 50mph winds, thunder/lightening, and we got 2-3" of rain real quick. Almost like a flash flood and luckily the tarp stayed in place on the roof where I need to put tarpaper/shingles on. Still raining hard now 6 hours later and we may have seen our last summer time temps. Dropped from 80 yesterday to 50 now!

Uniblurb3

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