Posted 02 July 2006 - 01:03 AM
I used to run a clean, well organized box with multiple boot XP and Fedora and SuSE. I didn't use the Linux as much as I wanted to, but now my wife and her friends and the teenage daughter have it so befowled with instant messenger programs, IE toolbars, P2P clients, media players... wait, I'll stop. You've heard this before, right?
I am an experienced home computer user who begrudging took up msdos (all those different line commands to learn!) and started using something other than the Command Prompt in Win 3.11 about the time that 95 came out. But work dragged me kicking and screaming into MS serfdom, and I kept using it at home because I knew the tricks better. I don't remember when I first lost an entire harddrive to a virus, I detected my first spyware in 2001, got phishing sites shut down a little later, have engaged in a little 419 baiting, and get my RSS feeds from Bruce Schneier, EPIC, EFF, PRCH, and SANS, to name a few. So I've been aware of malware for a while.
But the shear volume of what has gotten in at home has me overwhelmed, not to mention the hopelessness of trying to explain, once again, why a free smilies program download, or anything that has the word "assistant" in it, might not be a good idea. It has had one positive side effect - I now actually boot into Linux more often than not now.
But now I need help - the computer has slowed down sooo much (just like I've been warning it would!) that my wife is getting wise and has read, without my prompting, a couple of EULAs! The trouble is, I've got to come up with enough of a fix that she won't notice that I also swapped out the Pentium 4E and mobo with the Duron 1.6 GHz in my so-called "junker" Linux webserver and special projects box. So I'm off to post my amazingly long HijackThis log!