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PSA - Computer Virus

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 18, 2014, 10:18 PM
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Salam all.

Just a heads up that I've recently acquired a computer virus, and have been battling with it for the better part of the day.  Unless my current and 20th system scan can get me clear by tomorrow, I'll have to take it to a local computer shop.  Until then, all artwork and communications are on hold in order to protect my information.

UPDATE.
It was suggested to me that I try and describe the culprit!  So here goes...

It started with a bunch of ads popping up all over my pages with 'Ads by Notification' at the bottom.  I went into my Control Panel, removed all recent downloads and even past ones with names I couldn't recognize.  I swept my browser add-ons as extensions, and reset all my default settings.  (I normally use Chrome, but also have IE installed since it works for some US Navy sites.). I used Avast, Malwarebytes, Adwcleaner Hitman, SpyHunter, a 'junkware' removal sweep, (can't remember the name - I think it was JRT,) a couple 'double check' malware scanners, and multiple system scans, defrags, and so many reboots that I've lost count.  NOTHING has worked and I STILL have the 'Ads by Notification' appearing.  I can barely open my browser, let alone upload art, (I'm actually using my phone for this now.)

If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears!  This has been a 9 hour long battle, and I'm giving up.

UPDATE - 9/19
I've lent my computer to a local tech shop.  I described the problem, and the guy said what I had done was all good so far, but they're going to run more comprehensive scans and check my registry for suspicious files.  He said it is very unlikely that a system sweep/restore will be needed.  If it is, however, all commissions will be pushed back at least one week, as I will have lost all of the pieces I was working on up until now.  That's best case scenario.  Worst case is that I become a victim of ID theft and could possibly be in danger due to the nature of my work.  

Thanks to all who have made suggestions thus far - I really appreciate it.  I tried many of your methods that I had not tried yet this morning, but the virus is still there.

UPDATE - 9/20
Got bad news from the shop today.  My system is now virus free, but my hard drive is toast.  Honestly, there's no shame to it.  I work my laptop hard, and it was only a matter of time before it happened.  Luckily, all of my files will be transferred to a new hard drive.  Unfortunately, none of my programs will be, (including my tablet driver...). Due to the copious amounts of files on my current hard drive, the transfer is going to take a couple days.  Then it's probably going to take me another day to get my programs back in order.

Commissioners, about a week is going to be added to your wait time.  I apologize, but this was beyond my control. :(. Please note me if you have any specific questions.  That said, I did begin several and am almost finished with an epic scene, (the xeno-dragon, you know who! ;) ) so when I get back up and running, I won't have lost the progress on those.  Just with getting my files transferred and all my vital programs up and running how I like them again is going to cause a small setback.

Most importantly, none of my personal information nor my military documents were jeopardized.  As some of you know, I was very, very nervous about this happening.  So, I'm safe!  (For now.)


In other news, without art to work on, I've been forced to leave my home to venture into the outside world.  I had a fantastic time fishing today, and plan on doing so all day every day until my computer is back up and running.  For those of you curious, I'm a wicked fan of fishing.  I usually do wade fishing in about 3-4 feet of water, open reel, casting with whatever I have as bait and then, whenever I catch something bigger, I use that as bait, and so on and so forth.  Today I caught a 6" little spiny fish, a blue crab, (who then proceeded to stalk my toes for a good half hour,) and just after the sun set, a 12" redfish, all with crappy shrimp, heh.  Tomorrow I'm going to hit up a local bait shop for some live minnows.  Fingers crossed I can catch some bigger ones to keep!  Also got to see a P3 Orion burning holes in the sky.  Not too often we see those big gals flying around all day.

:icontwilightsaint:
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Icon Comish - Calm Before the Storm by TwilightSaint
Icon Comish - Calm Before the Storm
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Realistic shaded icon commission for Samaryth of FA featuring his scalesona, Samaryth!

The calm before the storm hits is usually a good time to find shelter or land at the nearest airfield, but I think this awesome guy has other plans, hahaha.  Definitely one of my best icons to date.

Thanks, Samaryth!  Hope ya like it!
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Badge Comish - ArgentFang by TwilightSaint
Badge Comish - ArgentFang
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Part 2/2 of a commission for ArgentFang of FA, this part a cell shaded badge of his scalesona, ArgentFang!

Man, this one is so wicked! XD  I am beyond happy with his pose, and his face makes it look like he's about ready to shout some war cry or start laughing at the poor soul at the end of that blade!  Also, dat halo. <3

Thanks again, Argent!  Hope you like it!
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PSA - Computer Virus

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 18, 2014, 10:18 PM
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~~~

Salam all.

Just a heads up that I've recently acquired a computer virus, and have been battling with it for the better part of the day.  Unless my current and 20th system scan can get me clear by tomorrow, I'll have to take it to a local computer shop.  Until then, all artwork and communications are on hold in order to protect my information.

UPDATE.
It was suggested to me that I try and describe the culprit!  So here goes...

It started with a bunch of ads popping up all over my pages with 'Ads by Notification' at the bottom.  I went into my Control Panel, removed all recent downloads and even past ones with names I couldn't recognize.  I swept my browser add-ons as extensions, and reset all my default settings.  (I normally use Chrome, but also have IE installed since it works for some US Navy sites.). I used Avast, Malwarebytes, Adwcleaner Hitman, SpyHunter, a 'junkware' removal sweep, (can't remember the name - I think it was JRT,) a couple 'double check' malware scanners, and multiple system scans, defrags, and so many reboots that I've lost count.  NOTHING has worked and I STILL have the 'Ads by Notification' appearing.  I can barely open my browser, let alone upload art, (I'm actually using my phone for this now.)

If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears!  This has been a 9 hour long battle, and I'm giving up.

UPDATE - 9/19
I've lent my computer to a local tech shop.  I described the problem, and the guy said what I had done was all good so far, but they're going to run more comprehensive scans and check my registry for suspicious files.  He said it is very unlikely that a system sweep/restore will be needed.  If it is, however, all commissions will be pushed back at least one week, as I will have lost all of the pieces I was working on up until now.  That's best case scenario.  Worst case is that I become a victim of ID theft and could possibly be in danger due to the nature of my work.  

Thanks to all who have made suggestions thus far - I really appreciate it.  I tried many of your methods that I had not tried yet this morning, but the virus is still there.

UPDATE - 9/20
Got bad news from the shop today.  My system is now virus free, but my hard drive is toast.  Honestly, there's no shame to it.  I work my laptop hard, and it was only a matter of time before it happened.  Luckily, all of my files will be transferred to a new hard drive.  Unfortunately, none of my programs will be, (including my tablet driver...). Due to the copious amounts of files on my current hard drive, the transfer is going to take a couple days.  Then it's probably going to take me another day to get my programs back in order.

Commissioners, about a week is going to be added to your wait time.  I apologize, but this was beyond my control. :(. Please note me if you have any specific questions.  That said, I did begin several and am almost finished with an epic scene, (the xeno-dragon, you know who! ;) ) so when I get back up and running, I won't have lost the progress on those.  Just with getting my files transferred and all my vital programs up and running how I like them again is going to cause a small setback.

Most importantly, none of my personal information nor my military documents were jeopardized.  As some of you know, I was very, very nervous about this happening.  So, I'm safe!  (For now.)


In other news, without art to work on, I've been forced to leave my home to venture into the outside world.  I had a fantastic time fishing today, and plan on doing so all day every day until my computer is back up and running.  For those of you curious, I'm a wicked fan of fishing.  I usually do wade fishing in about 3-4 feet of water, open reel, casting with whatever I have as bait and then, whenever I catch something bigger, I use that as bait, and so on and so forth.  Today I caught a 6" little spiny fish, a blue crab, (who then proceeded to stalk my toes for a good half hour,) and just after the sun set, a 12" redfish, all with crappy shrimp, heh.  Tomorrow I'm going to hit up a local bait shop for some live minnows.  Fingers crossed I can catch some bigger ones to keep!  Also got to see a P3 Orion burning holes in the sky.  Not too often we see those big gals flying around all day.

:icontwilightsaint:
~~~

Want to learn more about Muzafr?

Check out her reference sheet here! twilightsaint.deviantart.com/a…
  • Mood: Homesick
  • Listening to: News
  • Reading: Buzzfeed
  • Watching: Rugrats
  • Playing: Dragon Skies
  • Eating: Hot Wings
  • Drinking: Shock Top

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Muzafr
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!السلام عليكم
Assalam alaikum!
Hey guys, TwilightSaint here! Welcome to my page!
You can call me Twilight, Saint, TwilightSaint,
Muzafr, Muzafrudin, Judean Desert Dragon,
Desert Dragon, or the Chin Dragon!
I am the original Chin Dragon.

A big shout-out here to all Watchers, Commenters, and Favouriters, current and new!
All the support and feedback is very appreciated!

I'm am a self-taught artist focusing primarily in digital art.
My preferred genre is fantasy and historical fantasy. I am an avid history buff and student, focusing in the Crusades and Islamic history.
I enjoy martial arts, and am also an active marksman with semi-automatic rifles and pistols.
Along with my art and studies, I love traveling, specifically in Outremer, and can speak Arabic. I hope to relocate to and live in Jerusalem in the future.
I'm am a self-taught artist focusing primarily in digital art.
My preferred genre is fantasy and historical fantasy. I focus on and study the Crusades and Islamic history.
I enjoy martial arts, and am also an active marksman with semi-automatic rifles and pistols.
I love traveling, specifically in Outremer, and can speak Arabic. I hope to relocate to and live in Jerusalem in the future.
I am active duty military and am currently in training to become a fighter pilot.

Sites that I'm a member of:
twilightsaint.deviantart.com
www.furaffinity.net/user/twili…
www.weasyl.com/~twilightsaint
twilightsaint.tumblr.com/
www.youtube.com/user/TwilightS…
www.livestream.com/twilightsai…
PhotoBucket (Private Account - used for sending WIPS to commissioners.)
FurBuy (Private Account - used for browsing)

* Questions, comments, concerns? Please come to me directly to discuss it. *

"Wallah, let me be fast and accurate.
Let my aim be straight and true
And my hand faster
Than those who seek to destroy me.
Grant me victory over my foes
And those that wish to do harm to me and mine.
Let not my last thought be,
'If only I had my gun.'
Wallah, if today is truly
The day that you call me home,
Let me die
In a deep pile of brass."
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Just a friendly reminder that my 100k kiriban on FurAffinity is coming up quite soon! 

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Your art is amazing!! LOVE your dragon style. Keep up the great work :)
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Greetings Twilight. Please take this message into consideration. This is not Spam, but a major warning. I've seen some of your pictures posted here, so please read and take action if you must.

Dear dragon artists. This is a warning. Check out this page on facebook for it may have some of your artwork. This page -does- credit the artists, but they DO NOT tag you on your characters. If you do not want your art posted to this page, please report it. I have already found about 2 of my commissioned pieces on this page and they tagged one of them under different people! You've been warned. Check the page now and scan through the photo albums for your pieces. Thank you.

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Your tail is done!  Gold, Bronze, Black, Champagne Dragon Tail by SerenFey

Please note me your current address and I'll get it on the way.  :)
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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have tagged you! :)
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Lyhli Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU, sir, deserve a watch!

Your creatures that were recently accepted into the Creature group all left me in awe! Your work is amazing, and I especially love the way you draw dragons and their wingspans!
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