- 'Bug' can be 'cured' at home, or computer can be fixed by professionals
Computer users worldwide have been experiencing problems as of late with the Windows operating system.
Brazil isn't immune to this, as David Lewis, owner of Computer Central, says. Three people have called him since 4 p.m. Tuesday, saying that their computers are repeatedly restarting.
The problem originates from a computer exploit known as Microsoft Blaster. Though Microsoft has already offered a patch to fix the problem, people who have already been infected, especially those with limited knowledge of computers, may have problems getting to the patch.
The exploit, which infects a computer's Remote Procedure Call (RCP), has been making news across the country as it spreads from computer to computer.
Users of Mac, Unix, and Linux systems are all safe from the exploit. It is also known as "Lovsan," "Poza," "Blaster," "Lovesun," and "W32/MsBlast." A message displayed in the exploit's code says "I just want to say I LOVE YOU SAN!!" and "billy gates why do you make this possible ? Stop making money and fix your software!!"
To avoid the problem, all persons with PCs are strongly encouraged to immediately download the patch, which is free and can be found at Microsoft.com. Systems vulnerable to the exploit are: Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Services, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.
Computer Central is offering to fix the exploit for a base price of $29.95. All one must do is bring their computer central processing unit (the box that holds the electronics) to the shop, which is located on 537 East National Ave.
It is relatively easy to fix it, however, even if the system is afflicted. Here are the four steps involved:
1. Boot (start) the infected computer.
2. If the "shutdown in 60 seconds" message displays, click on the "Start" button and select "shutdown option A."
3. Download, then run the patch from Microsoft.com.
4. Download the removal tool from FSecure.com and follow directions.
With that, the problem should be solved. All information comes from www.fsecure.com.
The Brazil Times tried unsuccessfully to call other computer shops in the area.