YAR, Yet Another Rebuild!

I’m in the midst of rebuilding an eMachines PC for somebody right now. I’ve probably done at least 25-30 rebuilds in the past year. Nearly all of them were due to Windows getting corrupted beyond repair by viruses and or spyware. This case was no exception; the PC was riddled with them and was beginning to act up. For example, neither the CD-ROM or CD-RW drive were accessible in Windows. But they were accessible in Safe Mode. Hmmmm…

Ad-Aware and MS AntiSpyware each found a bunch of spyware agents all over the place. The customer had also removed Norton AntiVirus 2003 for some reason or another, and had tried to re-install it, but could not (registry corruption?). That opened the door for viruses, and they came a knockin’. Fortunately, the PC is mostly used for light e-mail, Web surfing, and entertainment purposes. There was no critical data to worry about, so it was a straight ahead wipe and reload. I’ve learned how to slipstream SP2 onto an XP Setup CD, which saves a lot of time.

I guess I shouldn’t complain about spyware and viruses. In a way, they’ve brought a lot of business my way. But still, I hate seeing the destruction they cause. I talked the client into going with the new Trend Micro PC-Cillin Internet suite, so once the PC is back up and running, that’s the first thing I’m putting on it. From the reviews I’ve read, this is supposed to be a good all-in-one security suite. From experience and feedback from customers, I don’t have many nice things to say about Symantec’s Norton Internet Security Suite… so I won’t say anything at all.