At some point on Friday afternoon, it became obvious that my everyday netbook had acquired a virus of some kind. It was running slow, random pop-ups were, well, popping up. And then it seemed like my entire hard drive had been wiped.
I don’t know how or where my machine picked up the little nasty and mysteriously it had managed to sneak past past my AVG protection. But it was well and truly embedded.
I was reasonably relaxed because I back up frequently and whilst I would lose some files if I went nuclear and completely wiped the machine, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. But nonetheless I embarked into the world of internet forums to find out what my machine had and how it could be cleared. It took several hours of hunting to find out, double-check and get the instructions.
On Saturday morning, I ran the scans and used the blasters and now happily my little machine is back to normal and running fine. Although, all told, I probably spent six hours sorting the issue out.
It serves as a useful reminder and I suggest that everyone checks they are protected and also has a plan B. Here’s what I suggest:
- Check your virus protection is all up to date and tickety-boo. Run a scan.
- Set a regularly updated restore point for your machine and make sure you won’t lose too much information if the worse does happen.
- Set up a back-up off your main machine so that precious files are duplicated. And try and back up frequently.
- If possible, have a spare machine to hand so that you can continue working if your main machine has been immobilised after an attack.