Infected!

One of our Windows Xp machines was infected with SpySheriff tonight. I suppose I should consider myself lucky. This is the first (known) such infection that I've suffered since running Windows. I started in about 1998.

SpySheriff is a rogue anti-spyware application that uses fake alerts and false positives as a goad into scaring you into purchasing their software. This software is usually installed by Trojans that issue fake security alerts in your Windows taskbar stating that you are infected with a variety of malware. When you click on this warning, SpySheriff will be download and installed and start scanning your system. The malware will also change your Windows desktop to a black background with a warning message stating that your computer is in danger.

I luckily found a great web page that showed me how to remove it. I'm still not convinced everything is tickety boo. That computer is still experiencing random crashes. I'm going to try repairing the disk again. If it still crashes after that, I'll just reinstall Windows Xp.

Geez, what a pain in the arse. That'll teach me for using Windows. If it wasn't that Duncan wanted to play his latest favorite game Professor Fizzwizzle, I wouldn't have been in this mess.

I see there is a Mac version of the game. I think it's time to get him a Mac laptop. It'll probably be a family laptop shuffle. Duncan will get my wife's iBook; Lynea will get my Powerbook and I'll buy a new Mac Book or Mac Book Pro (haven't decided which yet). But probably not until after Leopard is out.

And there will be one less Windows machine.

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