Originally posted on When no one's listening...:
In fact I’ve been out of touch because my darling desktop had a virus that is really hard to find, much less get rid of. It all started when I walked away from my monitor after exiting the web to grab a cup of café.
As I poured the steaming bliss of black liquid into my faded Hawaii’ tourist mug I heard the sound of voices and music coming from the front room. I thought well that’s weird the dog isn’t barking yet it sounds like there’s a car out in front of the house.
So like any other early riser, I took a sip of my warm brew and headed for the noise that was polluting my morning. After walking the short distance from coffee pot to front door, the voices had stopped. I peeked out the front door all the same, only to find a chipmunk diving into my ‘magic carpet’ bushes. I sipped some more of my steamy morning bliss and oddly enough the sounds started again. Still looking out side window of the door, I turned slowly and followed the sound.
Holy Monkeys! The sound was coming out of my headset. Now I was sure I was off the net. I checked anyway. Nope, not on line.
I put on the head phones to listen more clearly, it was random advertising and only partial. then it stopped for a good long while. So I ignored it, thinking it was some weird fluke. BIG MISTAKE!
Days passed and random music or commercials would play while on the net or off. It was annoying at the least and invading at its worst. Honestly who wants to listen to half an advertising while your in a middle of WOW Scenario trying really hard not to get your retro paladin obliterated…again. OY!
So I did the only thing I could do. Run thru a series of checks on the desk top. Started with double checking the firewalls and then running the MacAfee, twice. Ran Spy-bot and a number of other free virus hunters, if you will. Then there was silence. Only like Doctor Who’s Silence it popped up when I wasn’t looking and reared its well dressed ugly face again. Talk about wanting to scream.
Next I went to researching. I read articles from sites like pc world and the like. That’s when I learned of the ROOTKIT. It’s an incredibly annoying bug, like a rash and a bad penny. Just when you think its gone, tada, its back again.
It took several tries painstakingly going thru each and every file and sub-file , running anti virus after deep cleansing anti virus before I finally found the bugger. YES! YES! YES!
It was like a the heavens opened and the TARDIS came offering a vacation in Pompeii and a sonic screwdriver as a souvenir.
Finally, my desktop if free of this disease, this fly in the ointment. WOOT!