Or so you would think. Among other things, I ironed a pair of pants today, noticing there was a stick of gum in the pocket. I immediately removed it of course, but it had melted a bit and suddenly everything smelled quite like spearmint.
Scrubbing the gum off the ironing board did not prove as difficult as one would expect.
The other half of the day was spent removing a worm from this computer. You know, I got the operating system installed, then immediately went online to immediately download my antivirus program and whoosh – a worm. I knew from a previous installation (but had forgotten) that when windows installs, it does not automatically turn on the firewall – indeed this must be done manually. Real smart Bill. Who thinks to look first?
Anyhow, this was the worm from computer hell. I kept getting rid of it and it kept coming back. Hunted through the entire internet for various ad- and spyware detection programs. Probably cut the life of the new hard drive in half with all the scanning I did. Each time I cut the internet connection, I would get a message box from windows saying “You (or a program) blah blah blah has requested information from www.blah blah blah”. When I finally did a google search for the web site that the program was trying to access (which does not exist of course) I finally stumbled upon an asian page with a concise explanation of the worm. It sets itself up in various parts of the registry, so that the infected file is created with each system start. After I had finally cleaned all registry entries I was finally rid of it.
Oh, and for my german readers – while downloading security updates yesterday, I had the following screen at Microsoft:
It’s a bit difficult to read, I know. Here the text:
“Die aktualisierte Software wird von Windows Update gedownloadet und installiert”.
Von heruntergeladen wohl noch nie etwas gehört, oder? So kann man die deutsche Sprache auch verschandeln, pfui.