Thursday, April 22, 2010


Normally my life is devoid of any sensational things. It is pretty average. Especially when one considers my tech life.

But last night my laptop started rebooting on its own saying some virus was detected. Since it had become pretty useless my gadget geek looked up McAfee's website for any latest sensations and there it was, a latest virus/false positive thing doing the rounds. And I think I was one of the first to get hit since we saw a bulk of updates coming in after we started checking ;) Wow! I felt like being in the middle of a tornado, the eye, to be precise ;)

I called a couple of colleagues and both (actually one of them is a Mac user) of them didn't have this problem. We figured that using "shutdown -a" at least prevented the machine from rebooting so we did that but till McAfee confirmed anything we were weary of using any passwords etc on the laptop. So no connectivity all of late last evening and as a result I made good progress on my Wodehouse.

This morning the US folks sent out an email with updates. So looks like, because my laptop is a US one, I am still scheduled for some things based on US times. Which probably explains why my Indian colleagues didn't see any blip.

It was funny though, the notification this morning said, DO NOT REBOOT your PC but update this file. The McAfee console was just allowing 60 seconds before it would shut down the laptop and the download/patch takes more time than that. And the mailer didn't say how I can prevent re-booting my system. Phew!


Anonymous said...

Gee, I wasnt even given this sensation, though rest of the company experienced it. ;--) Something about logging it at some specific time. I thought it was only intel wide, didnt know it was all McAfee users.


Shubhika Taneja said...

Yeah we had the virus jamming session here too in SJC :-)

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