Gut Rumbles

August 12, 2003

Something is fubar

I don't know if Earthlink is a victim of that stupid new virus, but it kicks me off and shuts down my computer every time I try to log on. I am reduced to using the emergency back-up AOL connection to post.

I don't like this crap.

At first, I thought the trouble came from that spectacular electrical storm yesterday (and by the way, Buster-- kiss my Cracker ass, you unappreciative buttwipe. If you can't enjoy a good storm, there's something wrong with you.), but when the damn computer started doing the same thing when I got home from work today, I thought that maybe I had the virus.

I tried the AOL connection and everything seems to work fine. I've been on-line for 30 minutes now and haven't been kicked off and shut down yet. I HATE AOL, but it's better than that "THIS PROGRAM IS SHUTTING DOWN BECAUSE OF NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM VIOLATION. REMOTE PROCEDURE CALL HAS BEEN UNEXPECTEDLY TERMINATED" I keep getting on Earthlink.

But I am temporarily (I hope it's only temporary) cut off from my email. That fact chaps my ass too, because I actually caught up with it on Sunday.

Oh, well. If it doesn't heal itself, I'll call Earthlink tomorrow.


Sounds like you got the Blaster worm. Which OS do you have? For an explanation with all the technical details you hate, you can look at

Or maybe simply calling Earthlink is the right way to approach the problem.

I have a feeling that computing and the Internet is undergoing an unstoppable period of escalation of such Electronic Warfare. Home users will have little choice but to take continuing steps to fight off the attacks, which in turn will necessitate users learning all kinds of details so that they can cope with the attacks.

I hope this doesn't cause the demise of Gut Rumbles!

Posted by: Mark on August 12, 2003 04:41 PM

If you are running anything newer that Win98SE, then it could be the new worm!!

Posted by: MommaBear on August 12, 2003 04:43 PM

Same thing happened to me last night - almost cried.

I found the answer here -

It's long, but print it out and read it through. It seems some fixes work for some people and others for others. Let me know if you have any problems viewing - it's not AOL, it's you computer and you might keep getting booted.

The main site link is on the most recent post of my blog, too, if you have any problem viewing the one I left here.

Good luck

Posted by: Heather on August 12, 2003 04:55 PM

I've got Windows 2000. Is it ME or my ISP that's infected? This thing behaves exactly like that worm is supposed to do. But how can it tell wheter it's me or not?

I can blog okay on AOL. What causes THAT? If the bug were on MY computer, wouldn't it attack every time I tried to log on, no matter where I did it?

This problem has my non-geek ass all fucked up.

Posted by: Acidman on August 12, 2003 04:57 PM

Windows 2000 is definitely one of the vulnerable OSes. I'm afraid that you are infected -- not Earthlink. (I'm going to assume that Earthlink, with the resources to employ an army of professional geeks, will make sure that they are safe -- or at least safer. May not be 100% true, but that's another discussion).

I think my previous comment may have been slightly misleading. Per the web address Heather posted, I think your real problem may be the so-called RPC exploit, documented at You may not have Blaster, but Blaster definitely takes advantage of the RPC exploit.

To make a long story a bit shorther, I've recently decided to start regularly visiting which can guide one through applying critical security updates. I believe that would be the most practical (and mercifully brief) advice I could provide. This chaps my ass because I generally lean toward the "if it aint broke, don't fix it" rule-of-thumb. But I think that computer security may be an exception.

So how come AOL doesn't have the problem? Not all elements of your system are active in all applications. So my guess is that the AOL software on your machine doesn't "tickle" elements that trigger the problem whereas the Earthlink software on your machine does.

Enough geek shit. Back to wimmen, wonders of nature, boiled Gawja peanuts, grits (had some myself just the other day!), the joys of a son, etc. and even Roscoe stories!

Posted by: Mark on August 12, 2003 05:41 PM

1. I can appreciate a good storm, you dust-farting old coot. They just lose their charm after the first hundred or so times. I doubt you would feel the way you do if it was something you had experienced a few hundred times. In a row. Year in and year out. So kiss my Iowa born-and-bred ass, you easily-impressed sissy.

2. I told you before dimwit - get a Mac! The last virus to plague the Mac happened in 1997! You are only feeding the "trolls" of the PC world that are not only selling you the anti-virus software, but they are WRITING the virii as well. Don't believe me? Visit, and pay particular attention to the stuff written by Rob Rosenberger.

You would have to be a fool to own a PC after you read his evidence about the "Anti-Virus" companies supplying and writing the virii losed on the world.

But hey - you are the easily impressed one, so what do I know, dickwad?

Posted by: Buster on August 12, 2003 07:20 PM

Yup, sounds like your computer is MBlasted.
Very easy to fix, as everybody has pointed out.

Posted by: Greg on August 12, 2003 07:41 PM

Yay for more microsoft worms. Things are getting worse, not better, because they just don't give a shit.

This has nothing to do with your ISP, btw, it's Microsoft's "good enough" engineering paying you a visit.

Get a Mac. Instant immunity to 99.9% of internet worms and virii.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on August 12, 2003 10:08 PM

i can't decide who i like more....Acidman or Buster....hmmm *winks*

Posted by: Charmed on August 12, 2003 10:28 PM

It seems Earthlink is having major problems with the msblast virus ... don't ask me why! After removing the worm and downloading the patch from MS we still have problems getting online with Earhtlink. We used a disc to download fixes. Their call volume has been very high since 8/12 .. more so than other ISP's .. so whay is up with Earthlink ??

Posted by: Ray on August 16, 2003 11:04 PM

I am a hobo in the house of the lord.

Posted by: Davidson Jean on May 3, 2004 01:36 PM
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