I’m sitting in the front lobby of the New Horizon’s training center where my wife is taking a class waiting it to finish up. I’ve been here about a half-hour or so and probably have at least another half-hour to go, but I have my laptop and they have unsecured wireless so I’m taking advantage of it. I have to admit that this is one of the cooler things about having a laptop with a wireless card. It’s not something I do very often, but I always feel all man-of-the-world-like whenever I get the chance.
I’m only here because I had a 5:30PM job to do with the Compeople folks and by the time I got done it just didn’t make sense to go all the way home when I’d have to turn around and come back out to get my wife from her class. The job this evening was dealing with a nasty adware trojan known as Trojan.Vundo.B. This bastard is so clever that it knows the only way to remove it is to use a special program running in safe mode so it makes it as difficult as possible to boot into safe mode. It does this by trying to prevent the desktop interface from coming up when you login, but it can’t stop you from pulling up the task manager so using that I was able to get a DOS window open and run the tool from Symantec. Alas, the tool from Symantec totally failed to find the virus in question even though Norton Anti-Virus would go nuts reporting the virus’s presence when it was allowed to run. I eventually find another means of removing it that involved hacking the hell out of the registry and deleting the files by hand after killing the processes involved.
Complete. Pain. In. The. Ass. But it worked. Only took two hours to figure it out too.
Whoops. Looks like Anne just got out of class. Time to go.