Gone Green

After many different directions, I have decided to take this blog green. In addition to the occasional other news I may pop off on, I will be offering green tips and tricks from myself and the web. I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dealing with the loss of a loved one

It happens to all of us, we lose a special person in our life due to death. At times it can be almost unbearable. I just lost my grandfather this week and it hit me hard as we were very close.

By nature I am a person who plays it close to the vest. I don't show or share feelings or emotions, part of my guy genes I assume. Things like this tend to get to me pretty hard. In addition having to be strong for my mom and daughter, tends to make one have to wall up. I know from previous experience this is not good, the stress will kill you.

Instead of turning to alcohol or anything, I chose a different way to cope. I spent a lot of time thinking of how much better he is now, and that he is with his wife, and pappaw would never want anybody to grieve him much, he would want us to be happy that he wasn't suffering, and that he was with his wife now.

I took a walk in the woods, to enjoy some quiet and solitude first and foremost. The calming effects of nature are not to be ignored. I found me a quiet spot with a big tree and sat for a while, remembering the good times, and how happy he and mammaw were together. I also tossed a football with my daughter, and spent some time doing yardwork and house work. Things he would have approved of me doing.

We did give him a full military honors burial. He was a WWII vet, and I wanted to make sure that everybody remembered how he served his country in the most decisive war of the century. How he bravely stood against the nazis and sacrificed so much for this country. It was a healing process, because of how proud it made us all of him.

When grieving, I wont tell you to rely on friends or family, though if that works for you, by all means do so. It doesnt work for me, and many others though.

Take the time for yourself, come to terms with it, and live your life. People make so much of death, its not the final thing. The greatest tribute you can make for a loved one is to live your life, love it, and love your family.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Braviax.exe spyware removal

Had this nasty little piece of spyware on my pc last night, along with one called burito.exe and delself. These three together gave me many hours of headaches until I finally got them out. I decided to put down what I did to remove them. Be warned, they are very malicious, so do not sign into anything or any accounts while you have this on. The warning signs of braviax are a new item on your taskbar that has a red x in a circle. It pops up a message "Warning, your pc is infected with spyware, click here for windows to remove it". Sounds very legitimate, but don't. This is a new means of either spreading more spyware, or getting you to buy something that may or may not delete the spyware. This happens to be a trend with spyware lately, it impersonates a windows operating system message, and in turn you download more spyware.

The following steps are a good piece of pre-emptive work everybody should do when they can. First, make sure your antivirus software is up and current. Also make sure you have Spybot Search and destroy loaded and updated, and I also use Ad-Aware. Also download a nifty little file called killbox.

Keep Spybot and Ad-aware updated at all times, and run once or twice a week. Also if you don't have your anti-virus running in the background, make sure you force a complete system scan once a week. Also it is wise to have your firewall running. I know they are a resource hog and sometimes annoying, but they are still pretty much necessary at all times to prevent this crap.

Killbox is a nifty little tool that will stop, or stop and delete any windows process running. Use this carefully, as it will stop and delete any windows process.

Now, for the main part, you have the nasy little braviax virus. First thing to do is print this off then disconnect from the internet. You have probably noticed adaware, spybot, and your antivirus are probably not running, or you can't get them to run. Killbox isnt running either. Don't panic.

Once disconnect from the internet, click start>>Run and type in msconfig. Be very careful here. Click the startup tab, and look for the following: Braviax.exe, burito.exe, delself, cru629. Uncheck any and all instances of this appearing there. Click apply, then ok. It will ask to reboot, do so now.

While rebooting, you need to reboot in safe mode. That means hitting F8 during boot up. Choose safe mode only, then proceed to boot. Once booted do the following.

Start>>Search. Search all files and folders, including hidden ones for braviax. Delete any and all instances you find. Repeat the process for delself, cru629, and burito. Empty your recycle bin.

Click start>>run and type in cmd, hit enter. This brings up the cmd prompt. type cd.. until you get to just the C> prompt.

Now because these like to hide, type del braviax.exe and hit enter. Doesn't matter if it does or doesn't find it. Repeat that except put cru629.dat, then burito.exe, and finally delself.exe Make sure to type del before each of these. So you will have done something that looks like the following:
C> del braviax.exe
C> del cru629.bat
C> del delself.exe
C> del burito.exe

Now you want to change directery so type in cd windows. This puts you in the windows directory. Repeate the above processto where you have done the following:
C:\WINDOWS> del braviax.exe
C:\WINDOWS> del cru629.bat
C:\WINDOWS> del delself.exe
C:\WINDOWS> del burito.exe

Make sure your spelling is correct. Next, cd system32. Your prompt should look like the following: C:\WINDOWS\system32> Complete the following commands.

C:\WINDOWS\system32> del braviax.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32> del cru629.bat
C:\WINDOWS\system32> del delself.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32> del burito.exe

Type exit to exit the command prompt. Next is a very important and potentially hazardous step unless you know what you are doing, or you follow directions very well. Click start>>Run and type regedit then hit enter. Now be very careful here. At the top of the registery editor, click my computer. Then click edit>>Search. Type in just the word braviax, hit enter. Delete every single instance of this word that pops up. When one does, delete, then hit F3 to continue to search. Repeat the process for cru629, burito, and delself. Once you have deleted all these, exit out. Check and empty your recycle bin if need be.

Now, to spybot. Odds are it should up and run normally at this point. If not, do the following. Find where spybot is installed on your computer, and rename the .exe file to SDmain1.exe This will allow it to start up unnoticed by any virus or spyware. Run it, clean everything it gets. Repeat with Ad-Aware and your antivirus. Reboot into normal mode and check things out. If you still have virus or spyware, you may need to take it in. Or update your definitions and re-run spybot, adaware, and your antivirus. Also be sure and rename anything whose name you changed back to the original. I usually just add a 1, it seems to work well.

Good luck and hope this helps.