Using Linux to rescue a Windows machine from Norton malfunction 

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Good Morning,  !

Today is Saturday,May 12

Thank you, Patricia!

Yesterday, in 1189 Emperor Frederik I Barbarossa & 100,000 
crusaders departed Regensburg in Bavaria, to walk all the way 
to Jerusalem, looting and killing all along the way there and 
back, to teach whoever was in charge in Jerusalem, about peace
and friendliness. The Christian way of doing jihad. I sure am
glad they got it out of their system and smartened up after that.

It is mindboggling, though, to imagine 100,000 armed barbarians
marching along, and the problems they must have had feeding 
that kind of army!

Have FUN!

Today in 
0254 St Stephan I replaces Lucius I as Catholic Pope 
1096 The Jews of Regensburg, who resisted forced conversion, were killed
1551 San Marcos University in Lima Peru, opens 
1733 Maria Theresa crowned queen of Bohemia in Prague
1777 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-New York Gazette) 
1792 Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented 
1835 Charles Darwin visits copper mines in North Chile
1885 Battle of Batoche, French Canadians rebel against Canada 
1925 Uzbekistan & Kirgizistan become autonomous Soviet republics 
1928 Mussolini ends woman's rights in Italy
1928 Opium laws enforced in USA
1940 Nazi blitz conquest of France began by crossing Meuse River 
1942 1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz 
1943 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in US 
1944 900+ 8th Air Force bombers attack Zwikau, Bohlen & Brüx
1949 West begins Berlin Airlift to get supplies around Soviet blockade
1951 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atol
1980 1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris) 
1997 Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict 
1997 Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida
1997 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami 
2012  smiled

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A son comes home from the Army. After a few hours, he finally gets to talk to his father alone behind the barn. "So, son, what did the Army teach you?" asked the father. "Well, they taught me how to kill people," said the son. "With what?" asked father. "We used all kinds of things, like guns and knives, but my favorite was the grenade," said the son. "What's a grenade?" asked the father. "Well, I brought one home to show you. You just pull this pin out and throw it as far as you can," said the son. The son proceeded to give a demonstration. Lo and behold, the son throws the grenade and it lands just twenty feet behind the outhouse. BOOM!!! The outhouse is demolished. All the lumber and everything else lands in a heap in the yard. Grandpa sticks his head out of the pile and says, 'Whew, glad I didn't let that one loose in the house!"'
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A woman went into a hardware store to purchase a bale of peat moss. She gave a personal check in payment and said to the clerk, "I suppose you will want some identification." He replied, without hesitation, "No ma'am, that won't be necessary." "How come?" asked the woman. "Crooks don't buy peat moss." answered the clerk.
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD to Kamil Mezalka, 21, Perp tried to destroy child porno on his computer by stabbing computer with sword. MAY 10--In an apparent attempt to destroy evidence, a Florida man stabbed his computer with a samurai sword as FBI agents raided his home in connection with a child pornography probe, according to court records. When federal investigators arrived early Tuesday at the Palm Coast residence of Kamil Mezalka, 21, nobody answered their “knock and announcement.” So agents “executed a mechanical breach of the door” and stormed the home. As recounted in an affidavit, Mezalka emerged from his second- floor bedroom, spotted the federal interlopers, and returned to his room and closed the door. After Mezalka ignored demands to exit the bedroom, agents entered the chamber, where they spotted him “standing in his underwear, holding a two-handed samurai sword which he had stabbed into the side of a desktop computer.” Mezalka ignored directions to drop the sword. When Mezalka began to remove the sword from the computer, agents pounced on him to “eliminate any potential danger.” Agents had secured a search warrant for Mezalka’s residence after an undercover FBI agent recently downloaded illicit images and videos from Mezalka’s computer via a peer-to-peer file sharing service. During an interview with FBI agents, Mezalka admitted “having a file sharing program on his computer which he used to download pornography, including child pornography.” Mezalka, who used the online handle “Wolfcarven,” reportedly told investigators that he was “attracted to teenage girls 13 to 18 years in age.” He also admitted that it was “possible” he downloaded pornographic images of girls younger than 13, MacDonald reported. An FBI forensic examiner who reviewed the hard drive of Mezalka’s desktop computer--which survived the samurai sword stabbing--discovered hundreds of files depicting “the sexual abuse of children,” according to MacDonald. Charged with possession of child pornography, Mezalka is currently locked up in advance of a detention hearing Friday in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville
Tech Support Pits: From: DJ Re: Windows machine saved via linux Bless you, Dear Webby . . . for pointing me to that Norton Removal Tool! My son inherited a poorly maintained/protected Dell Dimensions XP computer awhile back and it soon got into an unbootable state with the installed Norton software continuously shutting down Windows "for it's own good." Unable to get around it in any other way, I booted the machine from a Ubuntu Linux CD and trashed what I could of the Norton software by brute force (i.e. dragging it to the trash). After that I was able to boot into Windows and deal with all the malware and registry errors. The system operated for a couple of weeks before once again giving us the Blue Screen of Death and refusing to boot. This time I was unable to mount the HDD using the Linux workaround and was really stuck. At last it was the Ultimate Boot CD v5.1.1 that saved my bacon when I ran ViVard v0.4, Viva Surface Test with Remapping. That repaired the bad block and enabled Windows XP to boot. This is now my third day of running repeated virus and malware scans using AVG, Malwarebytes, and Housecall from TrendMicro. AVG initially found 2 viruses, then Malwarebytes found 2 more viruses and 416 other threats(!), and finally Housecall removed yet one more hacker threat the other two scanners had missed. With all three scanners now showing negative results for malware infections, I then used the Norton Removal Tool and cleaned up a boat load of crap left behind in my previous attempts to uninstall Norton! Just thought you might like to reference Ultimate Boot CD and Malwarebytes in your great bag o' tricks. And thanks again for your trustworthy tech tips. I like getting that information in small doses amid the fun stuff! DJ Dear DJ Thanks for the info! Yes, Norton does occasionally fail to protect machines and instead gets carried away marking spots on the hard drive as bad to hide itself in there. That is one of the reasons I carry that Norton Removal Tool in my Tool Box. I have heard about the Ultimate Boot CD. If anybody wants to build one, check it out at A word of caution: You will need to read a bunch of instructions! Building the Ultimate Boot CD requires an XP Setup CD with SP1 or SP2, and following detailed instructions. The Linux version is simple by comparison, but requires some familiarity with Linux. The Linux Ultimate Boot CD is at A Boot CD is not something, that you can just download. You have to BUILD an ISO image of the CD, and then use an ISO burner program (also in my tool box) to burn the image onto a CD. The same ISO burner program is also used to make bootable Linux "Live CDs" for trying different flavors of Linux, and booting into them from CD, without killing Windows. Have FUN! DearWebby
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Thanks to Stephanie forthis one: Like most babies, mine is not finicky about what he puts in his mouth. He Eats anything. But the day he swallowed a quarter, I panicked and called the doctor. "What should I do?" I pleaded over the phone. My extremely laid-back doctor answered calmly, "Swallowing a quarter is nothing to worry about. But if he does it again and a can of pop shoots out of his rear, give me a call."
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Thanks to judy for this story: Two brawny men came to my house to install some new floor covering in the kitchen. Once they had moved the stove and refrigerator out of the way, it was not long before the job was done. As they were getting ready to leave, I asked them to put the heavy appliances back in place. The two men said that would cost an additional $45 service fee, stating it was not in their contract. I really had no choice but to pay them. As soon as they left, however, the doorbell rang. It was the two men. They asked me to move my car, which was blocking their van. I told them my fee: $55.
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A Briton, a Frenchman and a Russian are viewing a painting of Adam and Eve frolicking in the Garden of Eden. "Look at their reserve, their calm," muses the Brit. "They must be British." "Nonsense," the Frenchman disagrees. "They're naked, and so beautiful. Clearly, they are French." "No clothes, no shelter," the Russian points out, "they have only an apple to eat, and they're being told this is paradise. They are Russian."
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