|22 Aug 2012||#11|
Well, I can't say for sure how this happened, but...
I run Win7 with Comodo Firewall, Avast Antivirus, and Windows Defender.
Left my system on overnight running torrents. This morning just happened to notice Comodo Firewall was not running. WTF? I am certain I did not turn it off. All the same, went about looking through the morning messages.
Then my system locks up. It happens sometimes. Cold reboot. Windows comes up, I enter pw, all appears normal until that very last part when Windows loads gadgets (heed a warning? me?), then the system freezes, screen goes pale like someone draped a thin tissue over the screen. I do another cold reboot. Same. It works like it always does, until the last few seconds when the gadgets should load. Freeze happens again. I notice the hard disk activity light is not flashing, as it usually does while the gadgets load.
I wasn't in the mood for forensic research, so restored a backup from 10 days before. This bu was before MS put out that load of recent updates (I think it was Aug 14).
After restore the first thing I did was shut off Gadget's sidebar.
Even though these holes have been there for years the recent publicity could very well attract people with nothing better to do.
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