Thursday, October 30, 2008

More on Go Google Virus

I have had quite a few hits on this virus thingy so I decided to perform a community service to hepp those of y'all that done got hit. I never had a clue how much search that I performed daily until I had my search capability removed in the worst kinda way. I guess that I am not alone in that endeavor. Search is KING!

Anyhoo, I still have yet to find out how this thing gets spread and have no idea how I got it. I have reduced my choices to performing a search on ESPN or You Tube. I think that I got it from a Flash embed. That is the closest thing that I can figure.

Switching to Firefox did not help, but I am going to continue to use Firefox because of the built-in dictionary. I like it. There are a bunch of add-ons that I like as well. It is just different in the way that it handles bookmarks and linking, so that takes a little getting used to, but I think that it is worth it.

Now, Go Google adds a redirect line to the browser search registry line. All links in your browser will redirect to ad sites and the like, so there is a good possibility that you will not be able to download a fix from the infected computer.

HERE's a site that gives the breakdown and links to the software that removes Go Google. All of the instructions are on this page.

HERE is a hotlink to begin downloading the Combo Fix software that you need to kill this crap. The hotlink will begin the download immediately, so, if you do not need it, do not click that link. Download it directly to your Desktop and run it from there. It took my comprooter about fifteen minutes to kill Go Google.

Now, to my thoughts about someone that creates something like this. Beat. That. Ass. These things do not happen naturally, they are MADE. Beat. That. Ass. The photo of Terrrrrr shows my thoughts exactly.

Please take the time to comment.

6 comments:

pookleblinky said...

I can't help but beat my chest with Linux triumphalism when I hear people whine about Windows insecurities.

Seriously, man. You are of the architectural profession. Would you have any patience for a client who insisted on using a house built with old Soviet concrete, rusted rebar, on a fault-line, by a committee of mentally impaired pre-schoolers, and then had the balls to complain when it falls apart?

Probably not. You wouldn't even listen to his claims about purported advantages. "Two Dogs, my home is very familiar to people who have only lived in yurts. And in case of a riot/zombie apocalypse I can always rip chunks of the rotten concrete out for armaments."

Though, at the very least, you are to blame for getting the virus. Never, ever surf the web using your administrator account. Always use a restricted guest account. Linux *forces* you to never expose your root privileges in regular use.

I bet I could walk you through an ubuntu installation that would provide you with all the apps you need, indistinguishable from Windows but for the lack of BSOD's and spyware.

Two Dogs said...

Only one problem with your grand scheme, Tom. Autodesk products require Windows and IE to be live in order for the software to run. Needless to say , there was obviously some plotting going on back in the mid-1990's that kept Autodesk from throwing Bill Gates under the bus.

When I do get time, I am going to try everything in my power to get as close to bulletproof as I can.

By the way, Flash fucking sucks.

pookleblinky said...

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=6387819&linkID=7770998

Autodesk for *nix

Ha

Two Dogs said...

Yeah, unix has been supported since the jump until AutoCad Release 14 and never for Revit, but this is the only way that I have found to install it on Linux. It is only about sixteen levels above my skill set though. Read and explain to me, because I sure as shit understand it, not.

(i)A Johannesburg FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) company used the package Wine, tweeked it and installed it on Debian GNU/Linux.

Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix.

Think of Wine as a Windows compatibility layer. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely alternative implementation consisting of 100% Microsoft-free code, but it can optionally use native system DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit (Winelib) for porting Windows sources to Unix and a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows binaries to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris.(/i)

pookleblinky said...

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=6387819&linkID=7770998

Autodesk for *nix

Ha

pookleblinky said...

I can't help but beat my chest with Linux triumphalism when I hear people whine about Windows insecurities.

Seriously, man. You are of the architectural profession. Would you have any patience for a client who insisted on using a house built with old Soviet concrete, rusted rebar, on a fault-line, by a committee of mentally impaired pre-schoolers, and then had the balls to complain when it falls apart?

Probably not. You wouldn't even listen to his claims about purported advantages. "Two Dogs, my home is very familiar to people who have only lived in yurts. And in case of a riot/zombie apocalypse I can always rip chunks of the rotten concrete out for armaments."

Though, at the very least, you are to blame for getting the virus. Never, ever surf the web using your administrator account. Always use a restricted guest account. Linux *forces* you to never expose your root privileges in regular use.

I bet I could walk you through an ubuntu installation that would provide you with all the apps you need, indistinguishable from Windows but for the lack of BSOD's and spyware.

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