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I think this site might have crashed my hard drive

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Had my work laptop home over the holidays and logged on here with it one day. Did not get any warnings. I got distracted and my PC (Dell Latitude D820) sat on the desk connected to the Forum for 10-12 hours. When I went to switch it off before bed there was a dialog box saying the computer had been automatically updated and asking did I want to reboot now or later. I clicked later, but it rebooted anyway and after the Welcome to Windows screen appeared it went to "blue screen" with an error message. Shut it down and took it to the IT guy the next morning and he said I had a "worm". He played with it for a while and the functionality kept deteriorating to the point it would not boot up in any mode or even from the CD drive. Can't say that I am 100% sure this site caused it, but the circumstances seem to indicate a real possibility and I just thought I'd share in case you want to take precautions.

Anybody ever use one of those expensive data recovery services? I do research on government funded projects and some of my files are considered classified.

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I hope you didn't really have classified material outside of a proper facility. If it is a work computer, take it to whoever owns it to fix/recover. They don't want you messing with it.

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Did you DAA authorize you to work on classified docs in an unclassified environment and issue you a property pass?

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or download a linux distro, the flavor of your choice, burn a "live" cd, boot off of that- then see if you can read the contents of the drive and if so transfer them to another hard drive.

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Data on the machine is very low level classified. Not really that exciting. Probably only FOUO. The machine belongs to the University where the electronics shop closed due to budget cuts several years ago and such work is all farmed out anyway. We have experienced a rash of office break ins and computer thefts - particularly over long breaks - so it is safer at home with me on weekends and holidays. And, yes, I do have permission to take it off campus.

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Good to hear. Contact your Gov't sponsor agency and let them deal with it. They will have the resources for recovery and can investigate whether or not you data exfiltration took place due to malicious code.

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I have to say, there has been quite a bit of activity on this site triggering the antivirus programs. And now the ads that are flying up in the center of the screen... I also had similar issues with my laptop restarting a few days ago & thought I was in was in trouble. I was able to recover but still wondering if I don't have something embedded on my drive. This is the only site I have had issues with.

Hopefully someone has volunteered to Help Steve migrate data to the new site, per his yell for help. ??? If I had any idea how to do that, I would be pitching in.

Scott

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ever use one of those expensive data recovery services?

The expensive service typically comes from trying to recover info on a mechanically failing hard drive.

Unless your hard drive's hardware is what's failing outright, your data's probably not gone, just inaccessible.

If you'd like to try a fix that's free, it might work to pull the drive, hook it up as an external to a UNIX machine, (or a Mac) and get back into your folders in order to backup your docs.

After you pull off the stuff you want, nuke the drive with a write-zero format and start over from square one.

BTW, when you get a virgin OS re-installed on your drive with all your apps, and before you connect to the internet, make a clone of the drive and set it aside.

Having a handy "initial" OS that allows you to digitally flush any bad stuff on your work OS into the ether, copy the backup, and then get back up and running quickly is not a bad idea.

Some think that's overkill, but I like to do it 'kuz 1: Windows gets easily bloated by default and 2: it's nice to be self-assured that your OS is clean and flawless.

Or, as said, hand it over and let someone else worry about it.

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And now the ads that are flying up in the center of the screen

Use "ghostery" and "adblockplus"

Once those are up and running it's like driving along a country lane compared to an interstate crowded with billboards.

The net is way too over-commercialized, but it's pretty easy to get that under control with a few easy steps.

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And now the ads that are flying up in the center of the screen

Use "ghostery" and "adblockplus"

Once those are up and running it's like driving along a country lane compared to an interstate crowded with billboards.

The net is way too over-commercialized, but it's pretty easy to get that under control with a few easy steps.

Will do, thank you-

Scott

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I have to say, there has been quite a bit of activity on this site triggering the antivirus programs. And now the ads that are flying up in the center of the screen... I also had similar issues with my laptop restarting a few days ago & thought I was in was in trouble. I was able to recover but still wondering if I don't have something embedded on my drive. This is the only site I have had issues with.

Hopefully someone has volunteered to Help Steve migrate data to the new site, per his yell for help. ??? If I had any idea how to do that, I would be pitching in.

Scott

I have, but I don't see any of this behaviour with the ads flying around.

This is one of the few sites where my chrome browser adblock is disabled.

Are you running IE perhaps?

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Use "ghostery" and "adblockplus"

those two plugins for firefox plus noscript and your set!

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I have, but I don't see any of this behaviour with the ads flying around.

This is one of the few sites where my chrome browser adblock is disabled.

Are you running IE perhaps?

I am using IE at home, yes.

Scott

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