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URGENT HELP NEEDED!

Postby grrrlshapedthing on Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:29 pm

I think i may have a virus!

My computer started having issues two days ago where it started opening up random things rapidly or would insert weird text when you were typing, I couldn't figure out what the issue was but then it stopped so I figured i had fixed it... well I turned it on today and nothing works nautilus won't open it says gnome power management is not properly configured, i have no menus and cannot access any of my data! does anyone know of anyway i can fix this without a complete reinstall? Or if I do have to do a complete reinstall how to access the files so i can copy them first?
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Re: URGENT HELP NEEDED!

Postby dpar on Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:02 pm

Use the LiveCD to access your files.
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Re: URGENT HELP NEEDED!

Postby nick on Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:12 pm

Hi

I think it is incredibly unlikely you have a virus in Linux

It seems more likely that your hard drive is on the way out.

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Re: URGENT HELP NEEDED!

Postby antiquexray on Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:20 pm

nick wrote:Hi

It seems more likely that your hard drive is on the way out.

Nick

Well that certainly is good news...especially at this time of the year...Merry Christmas!
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Re: URGENT HELP NEEDED!

Postby grrrlshapedthing on Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:30 pm

nick wrote:Hi

I think it is incredibly unlikely you have a virus in Linux

It seems more likely that your hard drive is on the way out.

Nick



nooo.... i hope not it's only 6 months old!
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Re: URGENT HELP NEEDED!

Postby nick on Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:08 pm

Hi

Assuming you have recovered your data, First why not see
if live Cd still works? Also try running memtest, if that is all OK
Try a re-install, also check all connections on hardware.

"Antivirus? You don't need that, virus threats are nearly inexistant in Linux. I never had to use any antivirus and I've run Linux since 1996 :) - Syware? 90% of your software is open source .. so no spyware in there, and .."
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I also have been running Linux (no windows) since 1997,and never needed firewall or anti virus.

Virus is FUD, it is the exploit of and insecure piece of sofware, i.e. M$ Just uses the name to make it look like it is not the fault of M$

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