Long-time subscriber Ed Pilarczyk wrote recently with a question about a malware problem he had solved. A friend had given him a subsequent tip, and he wanted to check it out:
Thanks again for all the hard work you put into your great
A few months back my wife caught a piece of malware on her computer. After much manipulating I was able to get rid of it.
The malware would not let me run the "normal" programs I usually use, nor would it allow me to go to any of the usual anti-malware sites.
Question: Some one told me that I could have renamed one of my anti-malware programs and it would have run. IS THIS TRUE???
I wrote back to Ed to tell him that the answer would depends on the malware in question. More importantly, it would depend upon how thorough or sophisticated its lock-out programming was.
I would doubt that this solution would work, but it possibly could. It might have worked in the early days of viruses and other malware.
On the other hand, I think the malware would have prevented him from accessing the anti-malware file, even to rename the file.