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Puppy Saves The Day ... again
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Sky Aisling


Joined: 27 Jun 2009
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Location: Port Townsend, WA. USA

PostPosted: Thu 08 Mar 2012, 14:09    Post_subject:  Puppy Saves The Day ... again
Sub_title: Friends MSOS-XP rescued by lupu-520
 

Well, Puppy did it again.
My friends M$OS was *compromised* by the *xp-internet-security-2012* virus.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-xp-internet-security-2012
Puppy saved their personal data and settings from their compromised MS system.

I used this tutorial to *restore* the M$OS to a date prior to when my friends think they got the virus.
http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/bc/bcs4p14.html

My friends now have a restored M$OS system on their HDD (ho hum) and were also saved from a pricey bill from the local M$ repair store.
The best news is that they also have Puppy-Linux-520 available as Live CD with save-file(s) on HDD with backup save-file(s) on a flash drive.

Pretty good work for a little renegade OS from Australia, I'd say, eh?
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greengeek

Joined: 20 Jul 2010
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Mar 2012, 05:31    Post_subject:  

Awesome. I really love watching peoples faces when you manage to save all the files they thought they had lost.

I keep a credit card CD in my wallet for this purpose. I used to use DamnSmallLinux but now I use a couple of 50Mb versions of puppy. Nothing fancy, and I wouldn't be able to rebuild the system to a restore point, but it's a buzz being able to save their files.

It's a nice touch to leave them with a Live Puppy CD

Smile
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sc0ttman


Joined: 16 Sep 2009
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Location: UK

PostPosted: Fri 09 Mar 2012, 11:52    Post_subject:  

In one of my jobs, the standard 'solution' for (even slightly) broken Windows installs is to simply wipe the whole thing and re-install Xp/Vista/Win7/etc... Then install all the drivers again... Then all the updates.. Then charge £60...

I only do a few days a week there around my other job, but when I'm in, I use Puppy to boot up and back up files, remove the virus, update the registry manually...

No need to re-install anything... Only takes about 30 mins usually..
Instead of the 2 to 3 days the other guys take...
But will they keep a Puppy (or any Linux) live CD handy?? No!!

...even though I showed them how I do it, and told them why they're wasting soooo much time!
And one of them is actually a MASSIVE ubuntu fanboy....
The others are older, know-nothing, "I've been computing since the 80s!" types...
LOL... Just can't get the staff these days...

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technosaurus


Joined: 18 May 2008
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PostPosted: Sun 11 Mar 2012, 16:21    Post_subject:  

Yeah, I would use puppy to make a cd/dvd of their cleaned files and still do a wipe/reinstall because of all the gunk that builds up over time in the registry and elsewhere, their computer will respond better and appear to run much faster - you end up looking like a genius. (XP and prior needed this done about every 6 months to a year ... if you don't like to have a cup-a-joe while you wait for the PC to respond to your mouse clicks ... and the registry cleaners all invariably break stuff )
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minesadorada


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PostPosted: Sun 11 Mar 2012, 18:29    Post_subject:  

A golfing friend of mine is in his 70's. He mentioned that his laptop was taking over 10 minutes to boot up, and asked me if I could 'fix Windows'

Once I established he only used the Internet and Email, I offered to install Puppy to replace Windows and he agreed.

A few minutes later (that's all it took to backup a few photos, format out Windows and install Slacko) , we timed the bootup from button-press to full desktop at 45 seconds. Needless to say he was delighted.

Fast-forward a month...

I get a call "my laptop won't run" Sure enough, the boot sequence was complaining about numerous hard disk errors.

Slacko live CD in; Gparted told to fix the ext2 filesystem, and reboot from the hard disk to a flawless desktop.

He thinks I'm a computer wizard Smile
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technosaurus


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PostPosted: Sun 11 Mar 2012, 20:11    Post_subject:  

They should make this into a mouse pad, and replace googling with searching the puppy forums.

http://xkcd.com/627/

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Lazy JW

Joined: 21 Dec 2011
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PostPosted: Sun 11 Mar 2012, 21:34    Post_subject:  

sc0ttman wrote:
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I only do a few days a week there around my other job, but when I'm in, I use Puppy to boot up and back up files, remove the virus, update the registry manually...

No need to re-install anything... Only takes about 30 mins usually..
Instead of the 2 to 3 days the other guys take...
But will they keep a Puppy (or any Linux) live CD handy?? No!! ...


Please, please, can you give a few tips as to how you go about this? I have used Puppy to boot up a couple of computers that had Windoze lock up on them, then drag-n-dropped the files onto a thumb drive, but there has got to be a better way.

I haven't a clue as to how to go about finding and deleting a virus, much less altering the registry.

I'm not very proficient with computers in general, but I sure do get tired of fighting with windoze.
Thanks,
Joe
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cthisbear

Joined: 29 Jan 2006
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Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Mon 12 Mar 2012, 02:27    Post_subject:  

Lazy JW:

Plenty of tips here in my >> Fix Windows.

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=58305

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Off-line system restore using a LIVE CD...by AustrAlien.

4th post....maybe Sylvander pointed it out.

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=58305&start=45


http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic399410.html/page__gopid__2262536#entry2262536

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Plenty of goodies...keep going for

Great help site.

http://help.artaro.eu/

Recover files from Windows 7 hard disk using Puppy Linux

http://help.artaro.eu/index.php/windows-7/troubleshooting-windows-7/recover-files-from-hard-disk-7.html

Recover files from Windows XP hard disk using Puppy Linux

http://help.artaro.eu/index.php/windows-xp/troubleshooting-xp/recover-files-from-hard-disk-xp.html

Recover files from Windows Vista hard disk using Puppy Linux

http://help.artaro.eu/index.php/windows-vista/troubleshooting-windows-vista/recover-files-from-hard-disk-vista.html

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Plenty of advice here

http://www.mydigitallife.info/

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General Anti-Virus/Firewall/Anti-Spyware
from Whirlpool forum.

Generally speaking Col Peters offers solid advice.
Calm under pressure.

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1678349

Chris.
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Mon 12 Mar 2012, 03:53    Post_subject:  

Technosaurus - good site.

I liked this one too:

http://xkcd.com/644/
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Lazy JW

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PostPosted: Mon 12 Mar 2012, 07:38    Post_subject:  

Thanks for the links, it will take me a while to follow up on them and digest the info, but I will no doubt learn something useful.
Thanks again,
Joe
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Sky Aisling


Joined: 27 Jun 2009
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Location: Port Townsend, WA. USA

PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar 2012, 00:40    Post_subject: Puppy Saves The Day ... again  

Hi Joe,
Any reason to stick with M$?
just askin'
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Lazy JW

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PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar 2012, 14:48    Post_subject: Re: Puppy Saves The Day ... again  

Sky Aisling wrote:
Hi Joe,
Any reason to stick with M$?
just askin'


That's a fair enough question Very Happy

I am a 54 year old former sawmill worker, and am currently enrolled in a re-training program to learn the Biomedical equipment repair business. The majority of our schooling involves general electronics, and we have to use an electronics simulation program called "MultiSim", which will only run on Windows 7.

Another part of our course of study involves basic and advanced computers; as you might guess, the majority of this is focused on Micro$oft, but our instructor is a semi-Linux fan, so he has been helpful in that direction.

I was actually able to introduce him to Puppy Linux when we were attempting to get a classmate's laptop back in operation. All of the usual tools that my instructor tried did not succeed, but Puppy was able to boot up and save the data.

Later, we were trying to uninstall a Mcafee program from another computer, and it refused to uninstall. My instructor said "Just go in with Puppy Linux and delete the files." It worked.

Anyway, part of what I will be doing in the future involves working with Micro$oft, like it or not. I like the idea of having a secret weapon when the need arises Cool
Joe
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Sky Aisling


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PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar 2012, 15:02    Post_subject: Puppy Saves The Day ... again
Sub_title: Good Story, Joe!
 

Good story, Joe...
Thank you!

And, good wishes in your new career. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed 28 Mar 2012, 00:58    Post_subject:  

Quote:
I like the idea of having a secret weapon


Whatever works for you is better.

There was a time when I thought (having taught and used Windows from version 1 - oh yes there was a Windows 1)
learning a new OS was not really something I needed or relished.
Somehow I turned penguin Embarassed
I spent two years dual booting. Windows on HD and Puppy from CD.
Lately I have been using IOS 5 on an Ipad (a BSD OS).

I look at other Linux but Puppy is just so fast and comfortable.
I learned to use one Linux well.
That well is Puppy and it has never run dry . . .

Here is the secret weapon used by the love police
http://youtu.be/vDh0Cvsw9Jk

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vovchik


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PostPosted: Fri 30 Mar 2012, 07:46    Post_subject:  

Dear Lobster,

Thanks for that video....Smile

With kind regards,
vovchik
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