Mickey’s solution to viruses and malware that won’t let you open the desktop

Ever run into a virus that won’t let you open the desktop or go into Safe Mode?  This solution will work on many of these viruses and not necessarily on all viruses or malware.

Hit – control-alt-delete key

Run the task manager

If you type or browse to explorer.exe, this may let you have the desktop.  If NOT, have a flashdrive that has your tools (portable – malwarebytes, ADWCleaner, superantispyware or other tools and navigate to the tool – you may also have RKill on the drive to kill processes that are malicious) and navigate to the tool of your choice.




Run multiple tools until the malware is removed.

Over-Provisioning and SSDs

Over-provisioning is the allocating of a specific amount of free space on your SSD.  Over-provisioning improves SSD endurance and performance.   Many SSDs are packaged with software that helps the end user install the drive and to plan for OP.  (More advanced drives are doing away with OP).

The SSD controller manages all of the data that is stored on the drive.  While these drives are really fast, data writes are not just placed on the drive.  Data is moved around and the controller on the drive is programmed to use the drive evenly across the NAND blocks.   By moving the data around, the controller can use the free space (OP) to swap information as needed.     This in turn adds life to your SSD.  Always update your SSD firmware, use the manufacturer’s software for OP if your drive recommends it and don’t forget to trim your hard drive.  TRIM allows for the removal of junk or old data.  How? Easy – Open a command prompt (as Admin)

Type the following – fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0

Over-provisioning in Samsung Magician’s software.



Always load the drivers – Below is Intel Drivers on my laptop vs. Windows 8 generic drivers



SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive For Smartphones And Tablets

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Achieving Excellence in the New School Year – Computer Information Technology at TCAT-Shelbyville

Our Information Technology Career Cluster winner, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Computer Information Technology (CIT) program has been working hard over the summer to expand its outreach efforts, stretch its curriculum across Career Clusters and reach more students…more

Cipher /w:C securely erasing unused space

The Cipher program can be used to remove any erased data from unused disk space.  The command, Ciper /w:C is used to perform this action and can securely erase data that you once had on your computer.  While this command is relatively safe, you should always have a backup of your critical data.

If you want to do this to make sure files are deleted properly you have to remember a couple of things.  Only do this when the computer can set idle for several hours.   Another thing you have to remember is that if you interrupt this process, the Ciper command can fill up your hard drive with temporary files.   If you have to interrupt this process, you may see you have a lot of space that is suddenly missing.  Use Space Sniffer to find where the temp files were written so that you can erase them.

You can securely erase other drives by replacing the C in the command above with the drive letter of your choice.