Category Archives: Internet

Facebook Has No Sense Of Humor

Dave Schultz is banned on Facebook more often than not (9 or the last 12 months) for the most lame of excuses. Because of this I have a few pseudo personalities, (like Art Deco, Moe Heacan, Al E Gator, Ty Kuhn, Dixie Normus…) most of which ultimately get permanently banned from Butt Hurt Liberal Snitches blowing me in.

Today one of my pseudo got in blown in by a snitch for posting that Early Voting For Democrats begins on Nov. 7th.

I’m constantly getting banned for taking an anti-abortion or Islamic Pedophile stances, yet I see the reverse stances taken by Liberals make it easily through.


The Deep State is Watching You

I bought a bunch of Echos for my house on Prime Day. My daughter asked me if I wasn’t concerned about the Deep State, as recently the government subpoenaed the Alexa records of an Arkansas man from Amazon.

I considered that before buying Alexa, but I figured what the Hell. They already have all of my texts and phone calls. All of my emails and banking transactions, All my movements from cell phones and facial recognition from city street and toll cameras. All of my credit card charges. All of my facebook posts. All of my medical records from Obamacare. Their satellite cameras can look in my bedroom window. My cars and trucks have black boxes that report my car’s diagnostics, and a microphone they have control of. They have every Google search I’ve ever made and every site I’ve ever visited. They can take over every camera, phone computer and TV; smart refrigerator and washer; door bell or flood light camera; or anything else with a camera or microphone. My electric smart meter tells them how much electricity I’m using in any given moment. How much more help can Alexia give them on what channel I watch or what music I’m listening to?

If you think you are free from Deep State tyranny, you’re pretty stupid.

You might pass this along to your family and friends. You are far from Free!

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Will you Lose Your Internet Monday Night?

From Wired:

Tens of thousands of U.S. internet users could be left in the digital dark on Monday when the FBI pulls the plug on domains related to the DNSChanger malware.

Computers belonging to an estimated 64,000 users in the United States, and an additional 200,000 users outside the United States, are still infected with the malware, despite repeated warnings in the news, e-mail messages sent by ISPs and alerts posted by Google and Facebook.

The DNSChanger malware, which infected more than half a million machines worldwide at the height of its activity, redirected a victim’s web browser to sites designated by the attackers, allowing them to earn more than $14 million in affiliate and referral fees.

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Sample Race Track Web Site

Sample Race Track Web Site

Dave Schultz and DDS Enterprises, Inc. have been designing web sites since 1994. Today we've created a new web site at to give race tracks looking to upgrade their site an idea of what DDS can do for them quickly, and inexpensively.

If you know of a race track who has a web site that could use a major redesign, roll them a bone and point them to the Facebook Page or the web site.


Facebook Pages

I have various pages on Facebook to help promote the sites through interaction with Facebook. Looking for Facebook to bring visitors to the sites, and sites to bring visitors to the Facebook pages.

The below are a list of the pages. Check the out — and roll them a bone by clicking LIKE


Attention Texans: brand new site for Texans that has the goal of reporting on, and discussing, Texas News, Politics, Events, Music, Sports, Travel, or anything else of interest to Texans. While the site is in the early stages of signing up volunteer editors — it is ready to be on your daily visit list.

The address is: Don’t forget the hyphens! You can also join us on Facebook. We’re looking for some LIKES there — so please roll us a bone and click LIKE on the page.

Custom Facebook Banner

Facebook Banner Sale


For a limited time, the graphic department of DDS Enterprises, Inc. will design a a Custom Facebook Banner just for you.

If you are a business with a Facebook page, a custom designed professional banner is a must. If you're an individual who likes to exhibit a little more flare than the average person — a custom banner is the ticket. We can work from your web site — or a photo. Simply tell us what you are looking for with colors and style, and we'll do our best to make it happen.

Below are a few examples of Facebook banners we've done. Click the banner to see the page live.

Use the below form to order your custom Facebook banner. We will email you back to ask the question needed to design the banner you want.

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Limited TIme Offer for Word Press Hosting

Word Press Plus Hosting Sale

$149 Year*

For a limited time, Big Kahuna Hosting will not only provide 1 year's web hosting with its "Deluxe Package" on a Premium web server, but we also will install Word Press for you and upgrade it to the most current version.

So what can you do with a Word Press Site? Click the below thumbnails to see some of the current Word Press Sites hosted on a Big Kahuna Hosting server, and get an idea of the wide variety of uses of a Word Press web site.

Word Press sites can be used as a personal blogs or a business web site; a site for a team, cause or organization; or just about anything else you've seen a web site used for. While the layout of the above sites are very similar because the author of them is the same, and he keeps them consistent so that he can more easily maintain, you really have a lot of flexibility with layout and the look & feel.

Don't let something you don't currently know intimidate you.

Once installed (and we handle all of that), you don't need to know a lick of programming code to adjust the look and feel of the site, or to add context to it. The look and feel is as simple as selecting one of the thousands of "Themes" — and clicking install. Features are added with "Plugins". Select the plugins you want from 1,000s — and click install.

When the Word Press operating software, a plugin, or a theme has been updated by the author — you are notified of the update in your control panel. Updating is as simple as clicking the update button. Adding pages (including the formatting of text and including images) are as simple as posting to a forum. Rearranging the sidebar widgets and menu order is as simple as dragging and dropping where you want them. There are forums for Word Press help all over the Internet — including the Big Kahuna Hosting forums.

So here is what you get for your $149:

  • 1-Year hosting on a Premium Server

  • 10-Email Addresses

  • 5 MySql Databases (1 will be used for Word Press; leaving 4 for Forums, photo albums, etc.)

  • 5 Subdomains (few use sub-domains so don't let that confuse you)

  • 5 Parked Domains. (For instance you can park the domains and on your domain; and all three addresses will get you to the same web site)

  • 5 FTP access accounts

  • 15GB a month bandwidth (more than enough for 99% of the web sites on the net)

  • 3GB files space

In addition to being a satisfying hobby or full-filling your need for a web site, these are easy to obtain skills that once mastered can earn you a decent income — or your site can generate income through advertising banners (if it is popular enough).

The Steps to building your own Word Press site are:

  1. Decide on a domain name and register it, which will cost less than $10 a year. I started in the web business by registering my personal name in 1994. That's a good starting point if you want to learn the skills to create web sites at your own pace, but are not yet sure what your ultimate goal is.

  2. Sign up for Word Press web hosting at the bottom of this page.

  3. Log onto your admin dashboard to set up any email addresses you want to use for your new domain.

  4. Log into your Word Press Admin and choose the theme and Plugins you want to use.

  5. Tweak the Look and Feel of the Word Press site.

  6. Add text to your pages and posts.

If you have any questions, see if they've been asked and answered on the Big Kahuna Hosting board — and if not post it there. Or seek help from the thousands of forums dedicated to Word Press users or the Word Press site.

Use the below to sign up for a Year to Year Word Press subscription through PayPal. The subscription can be cancelled at anytime and your hosting will continue until the end of your 365 day term, but you will not be grandfathered in the special price for future years.

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  1. This is a Special Sale (not advertised on the Big Kahuna Hosting site) for the visitors of this site, which can be pulled at any time.

  2. Those who take advantage of the sale will be grandfathered into this sale price so long as they don't cancel the subscription

  3. The normal Set Up charge of $25 will be waived for this Special Offer.

  4. Word Press requires the use of one of the five MySql Databases.

  5. While Big Kahuna Hosting will create the database and database user, install Word Press on your hosting account, and update to the most current version — it is up to the user to complete their web site. This is not for a turn-key web site.

  6. All Word Press support will be provided through posting in the forums, so that all will benefit from the questions and their answers. Specifically, Word Press support will NOT be provided through Private Messaging, email, or telephone.


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Back in 2003, I signed up with the same type of reseller plan running Go Daddy, and resold all of the products that Go Daddy sells (with the same back office as Go Daddy) under the name of Old Hippie Hosting ( It cost me $79.95 a year to be a reseller plus $8 a year for the domain name

As a reseller, I was given the tools to create a web site (like or, given a base rate for those products, and the ability to charge whatever I want above those rates — for my profit. The same back office that runs the far larger and more popular Go Daddy handled all of the order taking, billing, new customer setup, and the 24/7 support. My strategy was to keep the advertising expenses down (I don't have a pretty race driver doing commercials for me) and the prices even lower. I wasn't looking to make a lot from a few people — but a little from a lot of people.

I did very well with Old Hippie Hosting, and was then offered an opportunity to sell my same opportunity to other resellers — and so Old Hippie Domains was created. Southern Star Hosting became its first Pro Reseller (more on an annual basis — but a lower base cost for the products) so I could offer domains and hosting for even less. Despite charging far less than most everyone else for Domains registration and transfers, SSL Certificates and eCommerce, eFax and all of the other products — I'm doing pretty good my 6th year as a reseller.

If you are looking to make some extra scratch, feel like you have a good marketing plan, and have $79 a year to invest in your business — then you'll want to check out and give this some thought. All you have to do to set yourself up is:

  1. Think of a good business name and register it
  2. Sign up to be a reseller and forward your domain as instructed
  3. Spend an hour or two selecting the template for your reseller business
  4. Determine which products you want to sell, and the mark up of it
  5. Do as little or as much advertising as you want.
  6. Collect your commissions.

Everything else is handled professionally for you by the same experts that handle the big boys. They handle the credit cards, renewals, notifications, support, and everything else in your name. You literally don't worry about any of it. I've been doing this for almost 9 years — and have not once had a complaint with how a product or service was handled. All of my web sites are customers of  Southern Star Hosting — so I can promise that the back office is Top Shelf.

Create Your Own Web Site

There is a new look and feel for the web sites of three cars currently running in Nostalgia Super Stock.

If you've not created a web site for your race team, you might considering doing so. While winning is the number one secret to attracting sponsors, a web site is number two, and a Media Kit is number three.

Many feel like it is beyond their pay grade to create a team web site — but it actually very simple, and requires no programming experience. Word Press is a free application that allows the would-be web master to have a blog on the front page, and a number of information pages linked in the NavBar. It will cost less than $10 a year to register your Domain name (IE:, and just a few bucks a month to host it on a web server. There are no other expenses. The secret is to find a web host that will automatically install Word Press for you.

I've created a step-by-step set of detailed instructions to create your own Word Press web site — from registering the name, to selecting the host server, to installing Word Press, to creating your custom "Look & Feel", to posting context, to Search Engine Optimization. If you've ever registered and posted to a forum — you're over-qualified to create your own web site. Click –> Word Press for Dummies

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50% Off For Next Two Web Sites

For the next two customers wanting a web site, I will discount my usual $995 price to just $499, plus the $8.33 a month* for web server hosting.

For that low web design fee, I will do all of the following:

  • Set up your web Hosting Account for your domain**
  • Create a POP3 email address of if you would like, or have that address forward to your usual email address
  • Set up your site's MySQL database, and database user
  • Install the latest version of WordPress
  • Do all of the General Settings configurations
  • Install latest versions of important add-ons and configure them
  • Create your header graphic JPG to your specifications
  • Modify the colors and look and feel for your web site to your specifications
  • Set up your pages to be ready to copy and paste your text
  • Set up your menus
  • Set up your Sidebar Widgets
  • Set up a Blog Style Index page
  • Set up a "Spam Resistant" contact page
  • Modify the appropriate templates to have sidebar also appear on single posts and pages, if you wish
  • Install your revenue generating Google Adsense and EBay Partners banners after you have applied and been approved. Checks can be sent to you monthly or deposited directly into your PayPal account.
  • Create a ProBoards forum with the same look and feel of your web site and seamlessly link from your web site – if you want a forum

When I have finished with the installation, configuration, and design of your site — you will have complete control of your site, and not need to be dependant on any web master. If you can post on a forum — you can maintain your own web site once I've finished setting it up for you.

  • You will be able to add you context (including images) in plain English — much in the same you you add a post in a forum.
  • You  will be able to customize your sidebar by simply dragging and dropping the widgets where you want
  • You can update to new releases of Word Press and add-ons with just one-click
  • You can change your theme for a different look and feel without losing any context

These types of web sites are perfect for:

  • Small Businesses wanting a professional web presence
  • Race Teams desiring sponsorship
  • Churches
  • Home Owner Associations
  • Parent Teacher Associations
  • Clubs
  • Personal Blog
  • Schools
  • Sports Teams
  • Race Tracks
  • Just about any other interest

A few examples of this type of web site I've done include:

If you wish to discuss further, contact me. This is limited to the next two web sites only. If you're thinking about it — pull the trigger now.

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Major Redesign of Gone Through a Total Redesign

zHMMmagnum25In 1992, I registered the domain name so I could self teach myself web design, web servers, and learn more about the Internet. In the 20 years since — it has been quite a journey. Many of the items under the "Maniacal Ravings" menu were originally post on the site 20 years back — and still timeless today.

Over the years the site has gone through as many changes as the Internet has. The first site was done in Microsoft Publisher, later in Front Page, and now it is a Word Press site using MySQL and php.

I invite all visitors to browse around on the site and read the "Maniacal Ravings" articles (Like Rules to Date My Daughters), and the shorter posts (there are many pages of short posts — so click the older posts link at the bottom of each page to get the next page). The posts cover a wide range of topics from family, to politics, to humor, to drag racing, to Texas, to just about any other topic I felt to be of interest. Other areas of the site include racing, where I have short descriptions of my race cars; stuff I have for sale; and links to many of my other sites — because while may have been my first — it isn't the only of my sites. Check it out!

Plus 1

+1 interface

Have you been visiting web sites that have the +1 logo — and wonder what that is all about? The below link explains some of it.

Fact is that Google is going to own the Internet. I’m not a fan of their politics — but I can’t ignore the facts. On Friday their Stock price rose $75 per share in one day after they released their 2 quarter earnings. Trust me — you will be assimilated, do not resist

  • They have the best and most used search engine
  • They now own You Tube
  • All web masters use their Web Master Tools
  • They now own the biggest email program with Gmail
  • They own Picasa — while will dominate all free photo hosting
  • They’re big into the cloud — and have an area (Documents) to host all of your computer’s files — so that any computer anywhere is now your computer
  • They have a popular on-line calendar which is making Outlook obsolete, so many years after Outlook made Sidekick obsolete
  • It has the strongest on-line contacts manager that interface with all smart phones
  • Their browser has a chance of becoming the next big deal
  • They own the on-line banner advertising market
  • Now they’ve decided to take on Facebook, and do to them what Facebook did to MySpace. Google X (currently by invitation only while in Beta) looks like it will be the Facebook killer. While I’m sure Facebook will incorporated the Circle of Rings feature — Google will ultimately crush them.

In a nutshell — they have become the next Microsoft. Their stock price has gone from $300 a share to $600 a share in the last year. Price targets say it will hit $800 by the end of the year.

One of the reasons that Google will own the internet — is that all of the things describes above, and a whole lot more, is consolidated into one log in and one big personally customizable (Google X will handle that) portal with integrated email, social networking, photos, videos,….. Sure Yahoo tried to do this — but Google has succeeded.

So what does all of this have to do with the +1 button you are beginning to see everywhere? Well if you have a Google account (for Gmail, picasa, web master tools, adaware…. which are the same log in) — then if you click the +1 icon it will get associated with your +1 page, which is now on Google X — but will also soon be linkable elsewhere. You can have that page as Private as your personal links area for shortcuts to your favorite site on any computer, or have it public to let other know of your favorite sites. Actually you can do a combination of both. It also is a brownie point for that site — and when enough are collected, it will affect positioning in searches.

So If you have a Google account for Gmail (or anything else) and you see the +1 icon on a site you like — just click it and you will bookmark it for yourself on your on-line +1 page, and you’ll help the site attract more visitors.

Open Invitation

An Open Invitation to Join Us on the Forums At

For eight years the forums on the Old Hippie web site has been the place to discuss just about everything under the sun. The below is a listing of the forums you will find over there:


  • NO POLITICAL POSTS IN THIS FORUM. This is the place to shoot the bull with other members — but keep it clean. This is a public and Family forum — so No raunchy, racy, racist, hate, jokes or images allowed. There is a "Boyz Room" for the R-Rate stuff, and a political forum in the Premium Members area.
  • The Old Hippie is a Texan. Actually, with the way the USA is going to total Government Control — I'm a Texan first, as I prefer freedom. I invite others Texans (even honorary Texans) to post Texas News, Humor, or events to this forum.
  • Baseball, softball, football, basketball, hockey, golf, volleyball, water polo, Poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, — any legal game is fair game to be discussed here. Talk up your favorite team or smack down your favorite opponent.
  • This is the Old Hippie's cookbook. It you have a favorite recipe — create a new thread properly titled. Do not add your recipe in the thread of the recipe of another. Bon Appétit!
  • rt3406pak is our Chapel's Padre. Each day he will post an inspiration message. If you have an honest and legitimate question regarding religion — free free to ask it. If you have a prayer request or need a little inspirational assistance — ask.
  • Read a good book or saw a good movie lately — then tell the rest of us about it without blowing the plot.

Motorized Transportation

  • From NASCAR, to Vintage Road Racing, to 24 Hours of Lemons — this is the place.
  • From a 1913 Indian Power Plus to a 2009 Gold Wing — post anything motorcycle here. Tech questions and answers, photos, news, shows, rider tips, ANYTHING concerning motorcycles.
  • This forum is for pickup trucks rated 1-ton and less — Gas or Diesel.
  • Use this forum for discussions specific to the General. News, eBay find, technical questions, collectible cars…..
  • Use this forum for discussions specific to Mopar and AMC. News, eBay find, technical questions, collectible cars…..
  • Use this forum for discussions specific to Ford/Mercury/Lincoln. News, eBay find, technical questions, collectible cars…..
  • No matter the make, model or year — if the manufacturer was from outside the US or the car was produced for outside the US — this is the forum to post about it. From Simcas, to Morris Minors, to Ferraris.
  • This is a forum for the discussion of trucks rated larger that 1-ton. From Ford F450, to Kodiak, to Freightliner Columbia, to the Autocar — this is the forum for Trucks and Truckers.
  • From a rubber raft to an aircraft carrier — let's discuss them. Military, Bass, pontoon, Houseboat, ski boat — its all good here.
  • Travel trailers, race trailers, car dollies, cargo trailers, horse trailers, cattle trailers, landscaping trailers, transport trailers, equipment trailers, …. anything concerning any type of trailer is appropriate here.
  • Bi-planes, tri-planes, WWII fighters, Ultra-lites, military, commercial — if it is a plane then lets discuss it.
  • In this forum you will find discussions pertaining to cars and trucks built between 1980 and the present. All makes and models are fair game. News, technical questions and answers, and opinions are all welcome here.
  • All brand and all topics concerning American cars and trucks built between 1960 and 1979). While the Era is arguably (and we won't get in the disputes of exact years of the Muscle Car Era) Muscle Car — topics concerning all cars built in this era are fair game.

Hobbies and Collecting

  • This forum has been set up for discussing all things having to do with coin and stamp collecting.
  • This forum has been created for the discussions of memorabilia on autographed (or not) collectibles of famous people. Discuss what's available, get opinions on what its worth or just show it off in this forum.
  • If it doesn't fit in one of the above forums in this section — then let's discuss it here. If enough people show enough interest in a particular area of collecting — we can always create a forum for it.

Computer & Technology

  • There is a lot of talent visiting this forum — so if you have any question concerning computers – post it here and let's see if we can get you some help. Likewise — please feel free to share your tips on products you've found or tricks you've learned. Feel free to post technology news if you feel it is of interest to other — but link back to your source.
  • Use this forum to discuss any technology that just doesn't fit into one of the above categories. Who knows — if it becomes popular enough it might justify a forum dedicated to it.

Premium Membership

  • PREMIUM MEMBER FORUM: Click the Premium Members Info link in the top NavBar for information on the ability to post to a Premium Member Forum. The purpose of this category is give people the opportunity to discuss topics with a political content to it. Most topics are fair game for discussion — no mater if the political slant is Left or Right. The opinions posted in the threads contained within this category are the sole opinion of the person posting, and not necessarily the opinion of the site's administrator, and the administrator/owner of the web site is not liable for the postings of another person. Posters are cautioned to use common sense in their postings. Copy and Pasting from another site is not allowed; as is the posting of a link to another board, blog, or News site. The person making the post agrees to Hold Harmless (paying all legal expenses) the site's administrator/owner — should their posting cause legal action against the administrator/owner. The bottom line is that while you may (in most cases) say whatever crazy stuff you like (as long as it doesn't violate copyright laws, is hateful to another, contain porn, or otherwise be illegal) — you personally may have to some day defend yourself and the site for your words. Think before you post!
  • PREMIUM MEMBER FORUM: Click the Premium Members Info link in the top NavBar for information on the ability to post to a Premium Member Forum. This forum contains discussions concerning the US Military. A very high percentage of the active members of this board were proud to have served in the Military, and we will not have their service disrespected with the trolling of Anti-America cowards. Please don't copy and paste any articles from any of the Military Times — or from any other blog or News site. Likewise, do not post links to those sites either. Instead give a summary of the information you wish to offer — and then give a keyword list that others can Google to reference. I'm sorry that we have to do it this way — but aggressive ambulance chasing lawyer varmints have nothing better to do then sue blogs and forums.
  • PREMIUM MEMBER FORUM: Click the Premium Members Info link in the top NavBar for information on the ability to post to a Premium Member Forum. From Derringers to Howitzers — this forum has been establish for people interested in guns to discuss them, laws, news and anything else concerning guns.
  • PREMIUM MEMBER FORUM: Click the Premium Members Info link in the top NavBar for information on the ability to post to a Premium Member Forum. In this forum you will find the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) jokes and photos that go up to the R-Rating. No X-Rated stuff allowed.
  • PREMIUM MEMBER FORUM: Click the Premium Members Info link in the top NavBar for information on the ability to post to a Premium Member Forum. This forum is the place to discuss acquiring wealth, investing it, keeping it in the family; and all things legal and financial.

This is an open invitation for all to visit the forums of their interest. Membership to post is free, quick, and free of all ulterior motives. You are not going to get spammed and your information will not be given out (short of a court order if you were to post something criminal). Our motive is simple to provide a one-stop place for any type of discussion — categorized in forums to find the conversations that interest you — and avoid conversations you wish to not be involved with.

Participate in the forums that interest you — and avoid the forums that do not. Any board that has a collection of forums to cover any type of conversation, is going to have forums that will interest you — and forums that will not interest you. For instance, the political forum is one of the more popular forums — but if your interest is drag racing and not politics — judge the board on the forums that interest you and not the forums that do not. Each individual forum stands on its own merit — and will benefit with increased participation.

Please honor us with your participation in the forums that interest you — and please pass this message along to your family and friends so that we might also be honored with their participation in the forums that interest them.


Dave 'Old Hippie' Schultz


Turn Off Geo-Tagging on Your Phone

Turn Off Geo-Tagging on Your Phone

If you have an iPhone or Blackberry, the photos you are Geo-Tagged by default. That’s to say photos of your kids, cars you list for sale, jewelry on you wife, your motorcycle …. tells the criminals exactly where they can find them with GPS coordinates.

The good news is that you can turn Geo-Tagging off. On the iPhone go to settings, and then to locations. You can turn all locations off — but in my case I travel cross country for races and need to find the closest Walmarts to park the 80′ rig for the night, or have the track’s weather — so I just turn it off for my camera and Facebook.

Now is the time to changed the settings on all the phones for your entire family, or sent this post to them. There’s a link at the bottom of this post to share on Facebook.

Fake Anti-Virus Virus

This is a nasty little virus that McAfee can’t protect you from, and so you will find little instruction on how to cure yourself of it — as it is an embarrassment to them.

I come home from racing, and my wife tells me that her computer has a virus — and is hosed. I was quite surprised, because she has an active subscription to McAfee and nightly updates.

The symptoms are a McAfee looking error message saying that you have a virus, that certain files are missing, and do you want to run a scan. Regardless of what you say – it runs what appears to be a scan, and presents a web site (in my case it was – don’t go to that site!) selling you anti-virus software.

You look down in your systray — and you see what looks like a McAfee shield, but a closer look and you will see it is green instead of red and doesn’t have the big M in the center.

You can’t go to other web sites, start McAfee (which has been disabled) and you can’t do anything in your control panel like add/remove programs.

Restarting the computer, you will see that McAfee starts, then gets disabled, and you get all of the error messages and the computer is otherwise useless.

The messages say things like:

Virus Alert
mcagent.exe is damaged
Do you want to activate your antivirus now?

First — Here’s what doesn’t work

  • I first turned off all of the shared external (net work) drives the computer has access to through a map to keep them from getting attacked, started the computer in Safe Mode (press F8 as soon as you hear the beep at start up — then select Safe Mode) without network support — logged in as an administrator, fired up McAfee, and had it run a full scan. After three hours — it finds nothing. The Virus wins!
  • So I restart the computer in Safe Mode with network support so I can get to the Internet through my wireless network. I do a search on the Internet — and while I see a ton of people with this problem — 2 hours of reading only tells me how you get the virus (explained below) — and none will tell you more than you are screwed. McAfee is silent on their web site, but their support offers a free program called “McAfee Virtual Technician” (you will have to search for it). It is a program that you download, install, and run. It identifies problems and fixes them — so it says. I downloaded, installed, and ran. It said that protection was turned off, my McAfee needed to be updated — and something else that I forget. I select the option to automatically fix — and it comes back saying that it can’t. Virus wins over McAfee again!

What I did to fix — that I couldn’t find how to do anywhere on the Internet

  • I started the computer in Safe mode, and logged on as an administrator
  • Since my Registry was hosed, I did a system restore to a known good backup (which your computer routinely does if you have it set up right, and let Windows automatically update). You can do a search for “Windows System Restore” for more information — but in the case of my wife’s computer running XP, I clicked Start/All Programs/Accessories/System/System Restore. You are presented with a calendar, and I selected a date about 2 weeks earlier. The computer takes the next 10 minutes going about it’s process of restoring to that date. This is a reversible process — but you’ll just get your registry with a virus back.
  • I restarted the computer in regular mode — and logged in as an administrator.
  • At this point, McAfee still turns itself off after you turn it on — so I went back to the McAfee site and downloaded, installed, ran McAfee Virtual Technician (the registry I restored from knows nothing of the previous installation of it, so I had to install it again — as any other program installed between the restore date and the virus date) — and let it fix the errors — which it did. Now my McAfee stays on.
  • I then did Window Update to catch up what the older registry doesn’t know of. Fortunately, no new applications were installed in the two weeks between the restore date and the virus date — so I didn’t have to reinstall any of them.
  • I finally ran a Full Scan — and came out clean.
  • I had my wife go to all of here shopping web sites and change her password — and to monitor her credit cards on-line over the next couple of months.

So how Did the Computer get this Virus — and what does it do?

From the Internet I learned that you get this from those sites that pop up a McAfee looking message saying your computer just identified a virus, and asking if you want to run a virus scan. THIS IS THE TIME TO NOT PANIC — BUT TO STOP, TAKE A BREATH, AND THINK!

Right then if you close the browser and restart the computer without moving your cursor onto the box — you will be Ok and not been infected by the virus. However if you move your cursor over the message or click it — you’ve just hosed your registry. I verified from my wife that his is what happen.

The virus first turns off real time scanning of viruses, tries to steal your passwords, and attempts to get you to buy their fake anti-virus service to steal your credit card information.

I hope all of this will save someone many of the hours I wasted trying to figure it out.

Please share a link to this thread on Facebook, and to all of your family and friends so they do not get the virus — and know how to handle it if they do. I’m seeing people all over the Internet reformatting their drives and reinstalling Windows — or paying someone big bucks to fix this Virus. That’s using an axe when a scalpel is required. It is really easy if you know how you get it — and what to do if you get it.