I wish it would always be that easy to get rid of the pests!
Few days ago I was called to fix up a computer and owner insisted that I should clean it, instead of complete reinstall. When I asked the reason for it, he told me that if complete reinstall was only possibility, he should call people from two other firms for installing their softwares and it would be a PITA to get them quickly enough. "Oh, that's ok" I thought... until I opened the computer...
seen so badly infested computer!
I immediately told the owner that I could only try
to save what's salvageable, but at the end I should do complete reinstall anyways. He could save time and troubles if I could just take backups of data and proceed with reinstall, but he insisted I should try simple cleaning first.
Saving the list of infections could be nice example of badly administrated computer - It's a shame I never thought that, until I wiped the HD... One
bad-ass worm is bad enough - How about 17 different ones running at same time?!
counting several occurences or the same worms, but the different worms!
How about (my) record of found viruses in one computer/HD - 26 different ones and staggering 961 occurences?!
A small favor like fast clean-up of compter of a friend-of-a-friend turned up being ugly record and a load of work. Next time when someone asks for favor, I'll think (at least!) twice...
Oh, there's brighter (and rewarding) side on this case, too: Now I can replace 2*256MB PC133 RAM modules of my poor computer... to 2*512MB 400MHz PC3200(?) DDR modules!
Edit: Oh, I hate when this happens! Apparently my MB does not like those memory modules, so I have to get a brand new MB.