The antivirus that wouldn’t die

Today’s bit of fun involved trying to uninstall Bitdefender, which had developed a nasty habit of preventing Quickbooks from functioning properly, if at all. Ran the uninstaller, Windows Defender still reported a second antivirus in use. Tryed Revo Uninstaller, same result. The answer finally came from here:

In short, some files are being left behind in the system that wind up spoofing a functioning antivirus. Here’s the fix:

  1. Stop the WMI service.
  2. Delete C:\Windows\System32\WBEM\Repository\
  3. Start the WMI service.
  4. Reboot.


Backups are important

Today’s tale of woe begins with a failed hard drive. The owner of this particular computer does a manual backup about once a week, when he remembers. I was called because they got a message stating “Cannot find boot device.” the disk drive makes a quiet beeping noise, likely from the head assembly trying to fly. there is no evidence that the disk platters are actually rotating, though.

At this point, the disk is unreadable, short of sending it to a service like (If you do have need of their services, use discount code DS24181) Because of the existing backups, it’s not the end of the world, but they have lost a good week of work. This is where a continuous backup service like Carbonite can save your bacon. Once you have a subscription and install the software, files are backed up, securely and automatically, through the Internet. To see the products available and get a discount on your first year, use this link:

Adding some more activity here

Judging from the number of lockouts due to Bad Behavior,  spammers look for sites that haven’t been updated recently to target for their attacks. this post aims to reset that clock.

If you’re in the Long Beach area this weekend, be sure to have some hearing protection, as the Long Beach Grand Prix will be running. it’s 3 days of motorized madness, with everything from historic Can-Am cars to Indy cars.

I hate spammers

We’re starting anew, because the site was compromised by some spammers, who promptly began spewing their crap over the internet. Needless to say, things are a bit more locked down now.