[kwlug-disc] [way OT] how to de-virus someone's windows box?

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Mon Jul 19 07:38:20 EDT 2010

On Mon, 2010-07-19 at 05:04 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Jul 2010, Johnny Ferguson wrote:
> > I think the only humane thing to do is take it out back with a
> > shotgun and put the poor thing out of its misery.
> >
> > Alternatively, I used to swear by Avira Antivir. Viruses are nasty
> > though. I was hit by one that corrupted every archive file on my
> > system. I lost quite a lot of important stuff, and was finally
> > pushed into using linux.
> >
> > I think the basic steps are:
> >
> > 1. Find out what the virus is
> >
> > 2. Find out what it can do
> >
> > 3. Salvage data accordingly
> >
> > 4. Get out the windows CD and get ready to spend the next hour
> > clicking buttons and installing drivers for everything.
>   and that's a road down which i really don't want to go.  i mean, i'm
> fairly smart and i'm sure i could figure out how to be moderately
> helpful, but unless i *really* know what i'm doing, there's a good
> chance i can make things worse.  so i'd rather be able to just give
> some generic advice -- perhaps a utility that simply *identifies* the
> viruses -- then point the person in the direction of someone way
> better at it than i am.
> rday

I'm sure a kernel developer can handle re-installing Windows!  Just make
sure you back up whatever data the user wants to save.  If something
goes wrong, blame the virus.
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