When I speak to people about Twitter either in person or at my Web 2.0 workshops, I think they are always a bit skeptical about the value of Twitter. I tell them that Twitter is my water cooler as a full-time remote teleworker. I tell them that I met @ariherzog (via a recommendation by Chris Brogan, whom I met on LinkedIn) there, which led to co-presenting a workshop at the Social Media for Government conference and the creation of a valuable survey for public sector personnel across the planet. Well now I have another story: "How a Twitter Troop Vanquished the Trojan Vundo."
Let me set up the situation. Last Thursday, I spoke at a "Telework in a Box" event sponsored by the Telework Exchange and Adobe. In an effort to continue to experiment with social media tools, I recorded my voice over the slides and attempted to download a "Power Point to Video conversion program" so that I could upload it to Vimeo and YouTube. Well, the download infected my computer with a nasty virus - it appeared to be a Trojan.Vundo. I know, I know, the download was really dumb and I shouldn't have done it - lesson learned!
I tried to use my Spybot - Search and Destroy to eliminate it. No luck. Next, I deployed Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware. It kept freezing, most likely due to the virus. Then my search on the Web led me to PC Tool's Spy Doctor, which cost $30. That didn't work either.
That's when I mobilized a small army of concerned and caring Twitizens, who immediately started re-tweeting my issue across Twitterdom. Within minutes, I had received several helpful recommendations. Here's the list of helpful tips:
1. @gkrew: "Check http://tiny.cc/d9NfQ for help with Vundo Trojan"
2. @ariherzog:"I use an open source antivirus checker for Windows via http://clamwin.com"
3. @Aluria_Karone: "Download a program called hijackthis and remove it from there then scan with pctools virus scan cnet.com has a lot of info on it"
4. @ericagee: "Here are some tips on BadwareBusters http://badwarebusters.org/search?search[q]=vundo&commit=Search"
5. @dslunceford: "I've found this board helpful in cleaning stuff off of an infected machine: http://www.techspot.com/vb/menu28.html"
6. @dbevarly: Try www.atribune.org and use the vundofix. It worked for me when other programs didn't Good luck. Dan
AND THE WINNER WAS:
7. @municibid: "Try combofix I found it to work great for removal many trojan variations http://tinyurl.com/27gkbc - you must rename file tho"
If anyone asks you about the value of Twitter, I am sure you have your own stories about its usefulness. Thanks to the folks above (and people like @ariherzog, who RT'd my issue to their followers), I have another great story that proves Twitter's worth as a key community on the Web.
Onward, Twitter Troops! Is there an enemy or issue that we cannot vanquish together?