so, last saturday night i broke my computer, have i mentioned that? well, i didn’t so much break it, as audiogalaxy did. oh my, it was ugly. froze in the middle of booting. (note: my computer has some issues to begin with, ymmv) anyway, the reason for the audiogalaxy was, well, it was late and me and the beers had us a hankerin’ for some mp3s. so there i was, nice and tipsy with a broken computer. lovely.
so i rebooted it a bunch more times just in case, you know? flukes happen. and then i tried to boot in safe mode but i for some reason desired the fancier levels of safe mode, for a few more unsuccessful boot attempts.
finally. had this big ugly resolution, and clicked start, and nothing. hung my head in despair … minutes later, as if by magic, the start menu pops up. and i’m not exaggerating — that’s minutes, plural. i carefully navigated to audiogalaxy and clicked uninstall. reboot and puter was better.
until today. oh. i forget where i was surfing, but there in the corner of the screen — look! it’s the gator! audiogalaxy left me a little present. i hate the gator. he’s just recently gone stealth (i had him once before, he used to be an ‘offer companion’ in the systray which could be deactivated, but no more). and you have to wrassle the gator to get him off your machine. he’s nowhere obvious, you know. not in the start menu, or in program files. deep in the registry. executables hidden with the ‘common files’ and such. sneaky. almost viral.
so i went and got adaware, which sniffed out some 40 instances of gator-related chicanery going on here and there. click remove and about half go — have to reboot for the rest (cannot delete, process is running). reboot, rescan, reclean.