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Medion Mishap

Hello one and all!

I thought it was about time I’d entertain you at least once on this blog – so here’s a true story about how avast’s Sandbox corrupted a Medion Akoya P4011D .

The month was March 2012, and I was finishing up on some ‘A’ level Applied IT coursework. The module I was doing required me to establish, and manage a project of my own making. Therefore, I thought it’d be appropriate to hard code a website based upon requirements from a fictitious person (who was appropriately named Martin Johnson).

After a few months of managing this project, I felt that the final product was complete. Therefore, I decided to test the website’s functionality by viewing it on another household machine, enter the Medion Akoya P4011D.

For those of you who are intrigued by the specs of this machine, they are as follows:

  • Operating system: Windows 7 Professional
  • CPU clock speed: 2.2GHz
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • RAM: 4GB
  • HDD capacity: 1TB

For the record, I use Ubuntu as my primary operating system, and am a fan of the project, for reasons I may have to detail in a future blog post. Anyway, I seem to be getting off track a bit here, so I’ll continue with the story.

After logging in, I decided to view the website in a range of browsers which were installed on the computer, and found that the only error in the code from what I could see was a typo in the main paragraph. So far, so good.

After locating the code, I found that, shock horror, the only text editor installed on the machine was MS Notepad. Refusing to put up with this, I decided that I needed to use another, decent, text editor. However, after finding out that I really couldn’t be bothered to go through the faff of locating one to download online, I realised that I already had gedit portable on my memory stick.

And this is where the fun part begins…

I located the executable file on the memory stick, and ran it. I usually used to do this all the time with no issues at all, however, on this occasion I was about to hit a brick wall. I’d noticed a notification in the bottom right-hand corner that avast’s Sandbox utility had quarantined a dependency of gedit. Before I could even read which file was affected, many more notifications were appearing above the original, to the extent where the entire screen was filled with these irritable pop-ups. I then set about closing them one by one, as they had quite literally left no room for manoeuvre. Alas! More were appearing.

After realising that I was in some sort of loop here, I contemplated my options. Regardless of my thought process, the computer had already made up its mind, and I was inevitably faced with the blue screen of death. After reading ‘windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer’, I felt rather relived; I’d been freed from this crisis, and that it would be service as usual at the next boot.

In the meantime, I had booted my ailing five-year old (at the time) HP Pavillion dv2620 laptop, to get this site tested and fixed in the background, having to put up with notepad to prevent another calamity.

Just as I had finished the modification, the Medion had finally shut down – I was at last freed!

Or was I…?

Pleased that the website was done, I proceeded to pack the laptop away, and watch some prime time television, probably the Hairy Bikers if I can remember rightly. I was sitting back, enjoying my free time, when my dad declared his intention to browse his emails. ‘No problem!’ I thought. Little was I to know that the BSoD message I read earlier lulled me into a false sense of security, and was to come back big time to bite hard when I least expected it.

‘The computer’s not working!’ exclaimed my dad. ‘What could have possibly gone wrong?’, I murmured to myself, believing that I’d seen the last of this crisis. My worst fears were confirmed as I neared the computer – a continuously flashing cursor. No matter how many times It was restarted, Mr Computer would not play ball. ‘Try booting it into safe mode’ I replied, using the most of my windows knowledge as I could. No chance – it looked as if the computer was well and truly dead. For me, this occasion would seem to satisfy my parent’s claims that I break everything that I come in contact with.

Fortunately, the Medion was sent back to the shop, where it was originally purchased, and successfully restored although they had to extract the data which was already on it and flatten it. Nevertheless, it was back to normal when we got it back a couple of weeks later, so at least it wasn’t sent to it’s death. But I can truly say that after this encounter, neither Windows 7, nor avast were my idea!

Thank you very much for reading!

Simon

Also, thanks to Andrew Hayzen for suggesting I put this up.

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