Saturday, October 15, 2005

Help, anyone?

Well, I'd planned to go to bed earlier than usual tonight. J was sacked out before 9:00, and I thought I'd just hop online for a bit. All of a sudden, I've got a McAfee warning window popping up saying some nasty has been found on my computer and recommending I scan for viruses. I did, and found some trojan that I couldn't clean, delete or quarantine. No idea how I got the little bastard - I didn't open unknown e-mail attachments or run any executable files or do any of the things you typically associate with catching computer crud, I was just surfing the Net. I then spent two hours scanning, getting online help, and downloading updates that were supposed to help me get the offending files off my system. I haven't been able to figure out if they've worked, because I wasn't able to do all that the instructions I got said to do. I'm not running virus scan again tonight because it's late and I'm tired. If anyone has any thoughts on getting trojans off a Windows XP system, please e-mail me and share.

I'm going to bed. Dammit, I knew I should have just gone to bed right after J did.


John Howard said...

Sometimes, with Windows XP, if you have System Restore turned on, it will prevent you from being able to remove infected files properly. You can try turning that off, and try to get rid of it again. Also, sometimes, you can get rid of things like that by starting in Safe Mode.

Lisa said...

Thanks, John! I'll try that and see if it works.