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My favourite Bond movie of all is actually "The Spy Who Loved Me"...
That is so cool. It's my favorite too.
I remember stumbling upon that movie when I was 10. It was on HBO or something.
That beginning part where he shoots the bad guys with his ski pole gun.
What!?! It was like 1977 or something. I sat there mesmerized.
Who is this James Bond? Underwater car? What!?!
Jaws (the tall bady guy)? What!?!
All the cool tech.
Yesterday I was peacefully reading the C# 6.0 and .NET 4.6 book by Troelsen and Japikse and herself was busy surfing the Net, looking for a nice picture of a puppy that she needed for a birthday card she was making for one of the grandkids. Suddenly:
Me: "What's wrong dear?"
Herself: "I had a popup window that stated my machine is infected with a virus!"
Me: "Let me see..."
Herself: "I was scared so I immediately closed the browser."
Me: "Well what did it say?"
Herself: "Something about a Trojan and calling Microsoft."
I have seen that bogus warning before, so:
Me: "Restart your machine and scan with Malwarebytes and Defender and let's see."
The scans revealed nothing and she resumed working. About an hour later I was watching an old John Wayne movie on Amazon Prime:
Herself: "Aaaargh! It's back."
Now I was getting really p*ssed. You can interrupt my book reading but causing me to pause a movie by the Duke is getting on my fighting side. Anyway, this time she left the window up so I could see.
It was the old bogus warning that you had a Trojan on your machine and you must call "Microsoft" on the number stated for help. I never call the number. It may redirect your call to one of those pay-by-the-minute lines, where it will keep you waiting while they rack up the dollars on your phone account.
So I brought the disk where I store our system's drive images out of storage, booted her machine from the re-imaging utility's boot media and restored her system to what it was five days ago, when the image was taken. All was well after that. The process took about 10 minutes.
If you are not yet taking images of your system's drive on a regular basis, you may want to give it some serious thought. On our machines I keep all data on a separate drive or partition, so the data does not bloat up the C: drive's images. The C: drive is only for Windows and all program files. Data on a separate partition or disk can easily be backed up manually to an external drive that is not normally connected.
I am aware of the following utilities that you can use to manage images. The first three have free versions for home users:
If you are not making regular drive images, give these some thought
Of course, but how did the trojan get there in the first place? Is missus opening the attachments of "please find your xxxx in the attached document," or downloading 'that looks neat' "utilities", or ...
She almost certainly got it from a poisoned website.
medicine is usually useful, prevention is best
The point is that you do not have to live in fear of viruses if your system and data are properly backed up. How will you know in advance that a particular web site is toxic? Abstaining from all browsing to new sites? That will put a serious crimp in your ability to utilize the Net to its full extent.
Get me coffee and no one gets hurt!
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