Looks like I said one to many nasty things about Scott Walker and the Koch Brothers. Seriously, shortly after my last piercing, insightful and utterly accurate rant about the events in WI, KABLOOEY! My machine locks up, I have to shut it down, and upon re-boot I can’t open any programs, search any drives, etc.
Clicking on desktop shortcuts brings a propmt “what program do you want to open this program with?” Well duh, I’m clicking on Firefox, so how about that? I can browse to Firefox and choose it, but it is an endless loop and the thing never opens. Choosing ‘search the internet’ has no effect. Same with every.other.program.
I’ve been to the 'dope de-bugging page and tried a few things, but the trouble is that I can’t run anything. The anti-sypware options look pretty nifty, but going to those sites and clicking on the download options (Do you want to Save or Run this program… run of course!) puts me back in the same endless loop. I can’t run anything!
Ok, I managed to get into Safe Mode and run AVG anti-virus. After an hour of scanning it found one virus… on my beta drive. Problem NOT fixed. I suppose I could download the other programs and try to run them in Safe Mode too, but my gut feeling is that my OS has been jacked. That is, it isn’t a virus per se, but a destruction of some key element of my OS that isn’t going to show up as a virus at all. I dunno.
By booting up my Windows disk I managed to find a ‘back way’ to searching my drives, onto Internet Explorer and have returned here to rant (I thought there was a ‘repair Windows’ option, but I am not seeing it). I bought a new hard drive expecting to install Windows onto it and move on from there (and holy moly, for $50 I can get a hard drive that I don’t think NASA could have obtained for any price 10 years ago), but so far my machine isn’t detecting the damn thing. Maybe my motherboard is too old (at least 5 years, I don’t think I even have the box anymore, and can’t access Control Panel AFAIK) and it can’t handle a 3Gb/sec SATA drive, so I will have to shut everything down, tear it back apart, install the little jumper to trick it into being a 1.5 Gb/sec drive… I dunno, we’ll see.
I have questions, but I don’t know what to ask. Maybe someone can suggest a solution that doesn’t involve staying up all night playing with hardware and re-installing Windows. My ability to ‘run’ programs is gone, and I am not sure I can re-create my ‘back door’ onto internet explorer- it was one of a dozen things I tried. So for now, ‘dope, it was nice knowing you, alas, the Koch brothers’ evil is too much!