West Nile Virus Might Be Linked to Kidney Problems


As of September of this year, there have been more than 2,600 new cases of West Nile virus in the USA, including 118 deaths, which were reported to the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Virus Brucella Blocked From Bonding with Host, Could Lead to Superbug Cure


Pathogenic bacteria without their virulent factors could be rendered harmless and eliminated by the human immune system. That’s the goal that a group of researchers have been striving for, and they recently managed to block the Brucella bacteria from bonding with its host.

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Monkeys Cured of Ebola Zaire Virus with Antibody Cocktail


A cocktail of three antibodies has been able to cure monkeys infected with the Ebola virus if administered 24 hours or more after exposure. This could imply that a future treatment for humans could be possible. Some of the variants of the Ebola virus kill up to 90% of infected patients, and currently, most treatment regimens only improve survival when administered within an hour of infection.

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Virus Gene Syncytin Insinuated Itself in Mammalian DNA Millions of Years Ago


Syncytin is a gene that was found in the human genome, but is bears all of the hallmarks of originating from a virus. Back in 2000, a team of Bostonian scientists discovered it. The cells of syncytin were located only where the placenta made contact with the uterus. They fused together to form a single cellular layer, which is called the syncytiotrophoblast, essential for a fetus to draw nutrients from its mother.

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Fungus Transforms North American Red Turpentine Beetle into Tree Killer in Asia


Microbial evolution has turned a mild-mannered North American beetle into a tree killer in Asia. The red turpentine beetle, Dendroctonus valens, is a wood-boring species native to North America. D. valens is unremarkable and harmless in its native region. However once it migrated to China, it wiped out more than seven million pines in the past 12 years, and it’s poised to spread throughout much of Asia and Europe.

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Ruminant Orthobunyavirus Takes Northern Europe By Surprise


A new virus has been found that causes fetal malformations and stillbirths in cattle, sheep and goats in northern Europe. Scientists don’t have a clue about the origin of the virus or why there is this sudden outbreak. Scientists want to share the virus and protocols to allow anyone interested to study the disease and develop tools and vaccines.

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How the Malware Stuxnet Was Discovered by Digital Detectives

In depth article about how computer security experts discovered the malware Stuxnet, which has been classified as a cyberweapon.

More Computer Problems

The reason why I didn’t format my computer are very simple. The DVDs of Win 7 that I have are in Chinese, Mandarin to be exact, so I’ll have to find another DVD for cheap today in order to reinstall Windows on my machine.

Things are really not going well. The computer worked well until yesterday afternoon. Then, all browsers would no longer load web pages. It was really annoying. The internet is working, since I saw some files downloading, but the browsers weren’t working. I think that this is tied to services.exe being completely infected.

My wife asked me why I didn’t just go out and purchase a MacBook right now. She’s a total enabler that one!

There’s a small computer shop down the street and I’ll try getting a copy of Win 7 today. I need to finish this today because it is really annoying, and hampering everything else that I usually do.

I think that yesterday’s scan only detected 1 threat, but today’s detected 21 threats.

The viruses have won the battle, but I’ll format the drive to blow them to smithereens.

MacBook, MacBook…

It still beckons me.

XP Antispyware

I was infected by this one, but it didn’t cause me that many problems. It’s just the quantity of viruses that were a problem for me. Kind of funny to see that Gina Trapani also had issues with this, but not on her own machines.

Re Computer Problems

You may wonder why I have computer problems. At a certain point in my life, I sold a few computers and assembled my own rigs. The initial problem was that I wasn’t in Taiwan to take care of my desktop for a few semesters.

This meant that the virus definitions weren’t being updated, which left it open to attack. When I arrived in June, I knew that I had to do something, but I was just lazy. Formatting a C:\ drive takes time and HD space, two things that I didn’t have much of.

I’ve counted that I need to backup at least another 75GB from my C:\ before I can format. Then, I’m pretty sure that my virus problems will be solved. Actually, it’s looking pretty good. Kaspersky is on its fourth sweep today and only found 1 threat.

I have to say that I like Kaspersky better than AVG and Avast. I like how it deals with viruses and trojans right away, instead of waiting to finish a scan. It’s a lot better.

I don’t use Norton, after Norton almost ruined an HD a few years back. This is kind of like why I don’t trust any HD manufacturers except Western Digital. The warranty and the service I got on a Western Digital HD was miles above anything else I got from Maxtor. In fact, after 3 years, I got a replacement HD free of charge from WD.

This is why I only run WD HDs.

Other than that, my main rig is still running XP. I wanted to upgrade, but couldn’t bear the though of Vista. Vista was crappy-ish. Not so bad, but it’s good that I waited until Win 7 was out before I decided that I might upgrade.

My rig went haywire when I tried to connect to the internet. My guess is that the viruses were trying to link up or talk with other programs or botnets. I got the blue screen of death a few times. Services.exe caused that.

The last thing that I want to do right now is spend money on a laptop, but it looks like I might have to, depending on how things go. The other thing that I haven’t done is purchase a Drobo. I’ve been thinking about this for months, but haven’t done so. I should just get it over with.

We bought our computer in October 2006, a month or so after we arrived. This was somewhat after my other laptop crashed. We got it fixed, and we got a desktop. At the time, I wasn’t really thinking about it, but the desktop served us well. With the 22″ Viewsonic LCD, we spent $1,300 on it.

The laptop has still been used on and off. My wife bought a MacBook Pro last year and she’s been using it happily. The old Compaq laptop served as my downloading machine while I was in Canada. The HD fried when I came back last year. I haven’t replaced it yet.

Anyway, we’ll see how things go this week. If it doesn’t improve, I don’t really know what will happen. I might have a new MacBook. I might not. I might just have a new HD.