In a fit of absent-mindedness (aka sheer stupidity) I have just opened a seriously infected file (sent to me via Skype with a message purporting to come from a reliable Skype contact) which has played havoc with my computer, including disabling every known application that might have been able to clean it up.
So if you get a message on Skype purporting to come from me, on no account open the link in it to a zip (or any other) file: and please don’t expect any new Ephems posts or comments or responses to your comments for a while. I suspect that it’s going to be a question of reinstalling Windows and then a raft of programmes and applications and data files from back-ups. The mind boggles.
Please don’t think it necessary (or desirable) to post messages of sympathy here. Of course if you know of a quick and safe way to get System Restore Point working again (the virus has thoughtfully switched it off and it won’t switch on again), or how to change all the registry entries back to how they were yesterday, by all means let me know. Meanwhile I’m going to absent me from electronic felicity a while.
Update (8 Feb 2010): Many hours of effort by myself and my state-of-the-art, chip-off-the-old-block computer guru have failed to remove the various nasties let loose in my PC by the vile virus that I idiotically unloosed — and the latest news of fresh disasters is that I have now found that I have a Trojan (html/Harnig.A) in my faithful laptop, too, and have no idea how to remove it. I think I may feel a new computer coming on, but I can’t afford a new laptop as well. Perhaps a few months without a computer at all will be good for the soul. Cold turkey, anyone?