A few days ago we had a disaster.
NO, I mean a DISASTER.
Well, our house wasn’t destroyed and nobody died, but it was terrible in another sense.
Y’see, the computer I work on, here at my desk, is also the server for our little business LAN. So when my wife innocently opened an email from a good friend, Malware struck hard.
And it was very sneakily malevolent. It changed all the extensions of file names ending with .exe and that halted almost everything. I couldn’t even change the extensions back manually because I couldn’t run Control Panel or Folder Options.
I was stuck. There was little else to do except invoke a System Restore.
Of course, I had the option to save data files and everything that wasn’t an executable. Might as well wipe out all the programs because they were unusable anyway.
It also entailed the necessity of reconfiguring the checkout computer so it could run as a stand-alone station. Normally it sends all transaction data to the server immediately.
Well, as I was reinstalling my programs, Word Perfect, SketchUp, CorelDraw Graphics Suite, and such, I came across a little problem I had never seen before.
I inserted the installation disc for CorelDraw and closed the tray. In normal fashion, it autoran and displayed the opening screen where there were buttons to let me choose which action I wanted to perform.
Naturally, I clicked on the Install button.
The computer did a full shut down and restart.
“Huh!”, I thought, “I must have absent-mindedly pushed the power button instead of the tray close button”, I thought. They are only three inches apart on the tower.
So I did it again, making sure I didn’t press the computer’s power button.
Bang! It did it again.
Stupidly, I tried again, thinking it had to work. But it didn’t work.
And then Corel tech service taught me a trick I didn’t know and I thought it might be a good tip to pass along.
They told me to insert the CD and then close the opening screen.
They said, go back to the desktop and make a New Folder on the desktop.
Using Explorer, I was to find the CD and copy the entire disc to the New Folder.
That took about a half hour. It’s a lot of data.
But then, when all that was finally done, I was told to open the New Folder, which opens a little version of explorer, and find the install.exe file and run it.
Master! It lives!
I renamed the folder CorelDraw Install and moved it to another place on the drive so it wouldn’t take up space on my desktop.
So that’s the story of just one small part of the work I had to do to get my computer back in operation.
I’m sure some of the things I did were kludgey. I never had this experience before in about 25 years of working on and with computers.
My Commodore VIC20 never had a problem like that!
-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.