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Rainbows and virus
|Published: Monday June 11th 2007 (7 years ago)|
Updated: Thursday October 29th 2009, 3:09PMMore about: Denmark | Rainbow trout |
by Martin Joergensen
I had close to 9,000 virus-infected files and three nice rainbows this weekend
Thursday morning I plugged my laptop into a socket at my good friend and partner Steven's house (Danish Steven, not US Steve). I worked on one of our projects there all day and didn't notice anything wrong. When I sat down to work back home Friday morning everything was wrong. I had caught myself a bad infection of a virus/worm called W32/Fujacks, which had taken over the computer and done its best to infect most of my web projects as well as bogging down the machine, sending off my keystrokes, offering my CPU to bot-nets and what other malice it could perform. That in spite of me not doing anything dirty and having a firewall up-and-running - but no anti-virus software. I should say that this is my second attack in the almost 30 years I have worked with computers.
When the current died, so did the fishing, and soon I was back in the virus lab. I let go of the keys at 3 in the morning, machines still working frantically to heal themselves.
I spent a better part of Saturday morning sleeping, woke up, had coffee while loading some new AV-software - and called Henning.
So off we went again. A little later, but still in good time.
Needless to say that we could not quite repeat the success from the day before, but I still managed to land two nice rainbows, which both fought like few other trout do. The beauty of the water, the great fishing, the sunset, the weather. Everything was just soothing to my virus-infected soul, and when I got back home all my checkups had returned reports of a healthy system with no virus. So Sunday was spent working (Henning called of course: "They're taking now..." but I resisted the temptation), and now Monday noon the weather is exactly the same, and no doubt that they are taking again... But it's all work and no play, I'm afraid.
Being a self employed consultant has its benefits (like going fishing Friday and Saturday afternoon), but also its drawbacks (like having to catch up Sunday and Monday).