March 06, 2007


It comes in threes… right? I should be finished with the whole ‘it’s broken’ thing. And nothing ever breaks at a good time.


First there was the whole health thing. There was the message on my voicemail, “Hi, Bou. This is Dr. Smiths’ office. Your Echocardiogram came back fine. Thank you! *click*”

Then, “Hi, Bou, this is Dr. Smith’s office. Your chest X-Ray came back fine. Thank you! *click*”

The last message was, “Hi Bou. This is Dr. Smith’s office. The results of your bloodwork came in. Can you give us a call?”


Luckily, I don’t have hepatitis. Not that I thought I did… but, hey, some things point that way and I don’t have it, which is a relief, really, as I didn’t want to be all yellow for Mo’s wedding.

It’s just not my color.

Then in the midst of putting the 2nd Grader’s First Holy Communion Quilt together, my sewing machine broke. That was a real charm. I took it in and luckily the super duper sewing and vacuum fix it man, bumped my machine to the front of the fix it line as he said to me, “You really need your machine to work. You have a project. Most of these women want their machines tomorrow because there is nothing good on TV…”

Whooo hooo! My machine works. Life is good. Time to sew.

And then, after having put together the seating for 180 women for a Fashion Show Benefit I assist with every year, just last week, I started to do the seating for a State Conference I have in two weeks, 500-600 women, two luncheons and a formal dinner.

And my computer has a virus. One I cannot seem to get rid of.


I called VW, who is my resident computer person, who gave me excellent advice. And then that didn’t work, and it was 5:00 and I don’t call people with young children at the bewitching hour, so I called Eric, another computer guy, and right now? All the Kings Horses and All the Kings Men, (VW has a dog the size of a horse and Eric’s a man, so there you have it) can’t seem to get this virus off my machine.

I have been in the bowels of my computer and I like not what I see. I think it’s scary. I don’t like being at a C prompt. Twenty years ago? No biggy. Now? That means something bad has happened and I don’t like it. Fortunately VW and Eric have coaxed me through it… but they’ve done all they can do remotely.

I may have to call in someone now, the big guns with special software to take it off. Meanwhile, like I have the time to waste on crap like this. Pisses me off.

So… blogging will be light as I’m sewing, debugging, seating for a conference, and breathing. Or trying to.

Oh and death is all around again and I’ve got the viewings and funerals stacked up like cord wood, or so it seems. Bah. I’m done.


I’m off to try to figure out what in the hell is ERROR -94 is.

Tah Tah!

Posted by Boudicca at March 6, 2007 09:10 PM | TrackBack

.... good luck, little sister.....

Posted by: Eric at March 6, 2007 09:55 PM

You have got to stop going to all those food sites looking for recipes for "pron". It is not something you cook. ;-) Good luck on getting it all fixed.

Posted by: vw bug at March 7, 2007 06:59 AM

Eric- As of last night, it wasn't looking so good...

VW- I think I figured out my problem... I should be looking for PRAWN! I was just spelling it wrong!!!

Posted by: Bou at March 7, 2007 07:01 AM

Oh no - hang in there!!

Posted by: Richmond at March 7, 2007 01:43 PM

"ERROR -94" Could be a buncha different things. Look for an error log file. Database errors, Visual Basic, even video errors can bring up this kinda null runtime error.

Symptoms, behavior? If you want more remote help, shoot me an e-.

Posted by: David at March 7, 2007 06:33 PM

I know after removing the damned virus from a butload servers this past week, that -94, is probably an "access denied" error of some sort. What were you doing when you got that error? Trying to delete a file that didn't belong there maybe?

Posted by: RedNeck at March 8, 2007 05:33 PM

Bou - I don't know what you've tried, but try THIS:

First, you need to download two files to an unaffected "clean" computer. You'll be putting 'em on a USB flashdrive or a CD for transfer to the infected machine. I prefer the flashdrive, but you'll have to remember to format it on a protected machine before you use it again anywhere.

Go here for the first file - the "Sysclean Package" cleaning engine.
Go here for the second file - the virus definitions. Select the "Virus Pattern File (Official Pattern Release)" under "Virus Pattern Files / Cleanup Templates"

You'll need to unzip the definitions into a folder first, then unzip the executable and place it in the same folder. Copy the whole working folder onto your transfer media (USB or CD).

Now - boot your infected machine to SAFE MODE by hitting the F8 key about once ever half-second to second after you power-on. (If you know what to look for given your particular machine, there is a specific point that you're supposed to do this, but the 'flagging' mode usually works.) If you get a keyboard error, power-off and try again until you see the Safe Mode prompt.

Once the machine is booted, copy the working "SysClean" folder to the desktop and run the executable. After this, there's a handful of places in the registry that could contain re-infection triggers, but if this cleaner can identify and remove the core files, there's a good chance (not perfect) that it won't reinfect.

Finally, a thorough registry cleaning. I have an old copy of WinCleanPro that works wonders with XP and older systems, but there are a number of such programs that work. Just don't download one from the "Fix Your Registry Now!" pop-ups. Oh, and I don't recommend Norton.

Depending on the size of your hard drive and the amount of data, this program will run for up to several hours, checking every file in at least two passes. I recommend running it again in regular mode after the machine has been on for an hour or so to see if it has re-infected itself. If it has - you need registry help.

Good luck!

Posted by: Bitterroot at March 9, 2007 12:48 AM

I can't help with the computer probs, but can I say that I'm glad you're doctor reports are all ok AND I'm envious that you know how to sew?

That is all.


Posted by: Helen at March 10, 2007 03:56 AM

I just generally keep the programs I use backed up on CD's along with personal files, pics, etc.

Last two times I got infected I wiped my harddrive completely and restored.

PITA, but it got rid of my Cyber-herpies.

Posted by: Graumagus at March 12, 2007 08:21 AM