Tuesday, April 11, 2006


I spent most of yesterday performing various wearisome scans to rid my computer of an annoying trojan virus.

This particular trojan set up shop right in my IE and proceeded to reroute my homepage to a site offering to sell me software to rid myself of trojans. Nice. It didn't stop there...oh no...it also deluged me with popups telling me just how infected my computer was with all that gooey spyware. Just rub my nose in it why dontcha.

Norton's only killed the offending files for so long. When I restarted my computer from scanning in safe mode the trojan was back like so many reproducing zombies. Ad-aware only kept it at bay for a few terrifying moments much like wondering if the house window that all the zombies are pressing against will hold.

Google is a wonderful tool. Some handy googling and I was armed with all the ammunition needed to behead all the zombie trojan viruses in my computer for free. Kaboom! Die! Die! Die!

It only took me six hours. Don't worry. I did manage to get in a pee break.


  1. I hadn't thought of looking at Google for something like that. It is good to know that works. Thanks for letting the rest of us in on the secret.

  2. I'm going to have to assume you've not heard for whatever reason, but firefox might be a better choice of web browser than internet explorer. Probably 90% of viruses use IE or outlook to propagate, so if you can use different software for mail/surfing you won't have near the problems.

    Well, I haven't. =)

  3. I like mozilla but my husband doesn't and so I haven't put it on the new comp. I might just anyway.

    See, the virus got IN because norton's was OFF. It wouldn't have gotten through in the first place if Norton's had been put back on the comp blah blah not my fault.

  4. Dagnabbit, stories like this make it so hard not to proselytize about Macs. I have no special antivirus software, I have no problems with malware/spyware/viruses/worms, I spend no time or energy doing battle with these things. I've had this machine for over two years--no problems at all.

    But if everyone switches to Macs, then the hacker people will start doing their mischief on the Mac platform, so y'all stick with Windows, OK? Thanks. You're a big help!

  5. After a lot of problems I have gone to Firefox for browsing. Thunderbird for email and got shot of Nortons. I now use AVG Antivirus with Firewall and have no troubles. No popups, limited cookies and so far no trojans thanks to Ad-aware and Spybot.

  6. I heart zombies. See my easter post for proof.

    PS -- I really enjoy your blog, and I'm not even a wife. ;)


Absent Minded Archives