Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
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Then my problems really started.
I can only assume that the virus was capable of executing even though I was only saving the file. It managed to delete a number of key files for the AV software and Outlook Express. There are possibly others, but have yet to see what.
Okay so losing a couple of executeables is a pain, but at least I can reinstall right?
Both Command and Microsoft Outlook Express bale out on install, as they each still think they're installed. There is nothing in the installation app that allows you to force an installation (MS OE has to be installed via MS IE) regardless of whether the code THINKS its installed.
I've now had to shutdown the computer and will have to wait until this evening to see whether the virus did any more damage than just these two apps. It will then be the arduous task of attempting to untangle the registry to get them to reinstall.
Why is it so hard for installation apps to consider the fact that something went wrong and the user REALLY DOES want to reinstall the app of choice. There are several install apps that do it, I think ActivePerl even does it, so it can't be that difficult. Perhaps it's just laziness on the part of the developer or have they got a vicious streak that really wants me to go to a competitor?