Well, since it’s not unusual for me to not post around here for four to five days at a time (or longer) I doubt anyone’s been worried about my absence, especially with the holiday season. And there’s no reason for you to be worried, I’m fine. Lyar, my computer, on the other hand, is feeling a bit put out, and I’m pretty unhappy about it.
Seems I was chilling on Mangafox and I accidentally clicked on an ad — I think it was for Nissan cars. That alone should have hit alarm bells, but the McAfee popup really should have alerted me. But no, it was late, I was bleary-eyed, should have been in bed, and generally not at my most alert. And I’m used to McAfee putting annoyware messages on the screen. (Apparently I installed some of their crap with a browser add-on a while back). So I blew it off without reading it.
A few minutes later, the system starts acting cranky, and I get a Windows pop-up alerting me to a problem on one of the drives. Really bleary-eyed, really not alert. So I start looking for a scandisk utility. “Hmm, that’s odd, I don’t remember that directory of tools being empty; let’s check the next one…. Oh, here’s this handy ‘Fixdisk’ utility…”
I think you can see where this is going. When it started telling my my memory was bad too, I got suspicious. (The irony is, it appears to have been correct about that.) At least I was no longer bleary eyed and half-asleep; rage has a way of fixing those problems.
Between the malware going after the file allocation tables, and my ham-fisted attempts to recover them once I realized I’d been had, I managed to fubar EVERY single drive beyond recovery. Almost. I picked up a utility that was able to recover one of the drives, so I got my music collection back, but beyond that, I lost EVERY file on every other drive, because I didn’t leave bad enough alone before Dr. Heinous talked me into risking it.
All the downloaded anime.
All my games/saved games.
All my screenshots.
All my .mkv viewers and 10p codecs.
All my files involving various creative endeavors over the years, including 50,000 words of a novel I started and never finished (and the 6,000 pages of background and outline), plus about 10,000 on a second one.
All my backups. It didn’t matter that I’d backed them up across multiple drives; they weren’t raid formatted or backed up on multiple computers. The only bright side is that some of the recent stuff survived on Misaki, as I do the bittorrenting on it, and then transfer to Lyar. And of course, I later delete it from Misaki, because it’s got such a small drive. So nowhere near the full 1TB I had downloaded; maybe 10% of that.
So after I got what I could out of the C: drive (damn near nothing), I installed Win 7. But then I decided, no, I’d go back and install XP and try one more time to recover the files. But not only did it not work, somehow it seemed to reactivate the malware (I hadn’t formatted, hoping Win 7 would be able to recover the files). So I gave up and reinstalled Win 7, only now I’ve got a fubared drive that thinks it has two installations for dual booting, and I’m going to lose everything I reinstalled. I said “ham-fisted” didn’t I?
The brass lining (not quite good enough to qualify as silver) is that a lot of the games can be re-downloaded from Steam, GOG, and GG, or their publishers. Of course, that means I’ll be downloading several hundred gigabytes over the next few weeks. And I have to re-format the C: drive and reinstall Win 7 again.
But the dark cloud to that brass lining is that now that I have a 64-bit OS installed, I’m using all 8 GB of my RAM, and one of the chips appears to be bad, as I’m getting random crashes during high memory usage. I may try to swap it around and see if that helps.
Merry f’king Xmas to you too.