The reason I'm not writing some insightful New Year's post right now, or at least getting useful chores accomplished, or even enjoying my recording of the Spurs flattening the Heat last night (they beat 'em by 30 points! Woohooooo!) is that every computer in the house, as well as cameras, ipods, external hard drives, etc., has been infected with some virus called Lightmoon. Fortunately it wasn't too difficult to clean most of the devices, with the help of Microsoft's free anti-virus software. (Just recently made available. It's called "Microsoft Security Essentials".) But one of the computers can't install the anti-virus software for some reason. I wonder if it's the virus itself that's blocking it? I'm trying to remove Lightmoon by hand, but the nasty little bugger modified some registry entries to allow it to run automatically at startup, even when I'm in Safe Mode, and once it's running I can't delete it; it just keeps re-creating itself. Naturally the virus also disables the regedit command so I can't easily fix the entries it edited. But there's probably a workaround somewhere, and hopefully I'll find it before I waste too many hours working on the problem, or blogging about the problem. :) Happy New Year's to you too!
Quiz time: my first sentence up there says "has been infected." Should it be "have been infected?" Do I make the verb agree with "every computer" or with "cameras, ipods, etc"? Grammarians, help me out here.
Update: The virus problem was taken out of my hands by two wonderful men who were visiting the house on New Year's Day. They tried to install Norton's anti-virus program, figuring that a program you have to pay for might do better than one that's free. But that wouldn't install either! Lightmoon was blocking all potential attackers. Undaunted, the men got on the phone with tech support, and eventually a genius in India took over our computer remotely and got the Norton program to install. Then came a big ol' virus scan, and the first defragmentation our computer has ever been subjected to in the five years of its existence. Lightmoon is now gone and everything seems to be running all right, thanks to our lovely friends.
If anyone landed here via Google and hopes to solve their problem without involving lots of money and tech support, you can check here and here for more info about the virus... and, um, good luck!