Thursday, September 16, 2004

bad day yesterday...

Yesterday I was walking down the street, and passed by this one really shady-looking store that I have no interest in ever visiting. Most of the time I can walk by without any problem, but that day there was a person out front handing out flyers. Being the polite type I accepted the flyer, planning to toss it in a trash can around the corner.

For some unknown reason, the flyer-hander-outer was exceptionally motivated that day, and initiated a conversation to get me interested in the store. I made it clear to him that I was not interested and had no use for their products (without mentioning that I had heard they were under investigation for fraud and racketeering), and turned sharply and walked away.

Apparently this set him off, because he chased after me and began forcefully stuffing flyers into my pockets, my wallet, and into my open collar. I got up and tried to run away, but that did not deter this fiend. The aggressive flyer-hander-outer chased me into the parking lot, and began filling the car with hundreds more flyers, since I had left my windows open.

I punched him in the face several times, then revved the car to drive away as quickly as possible. He grabbed onto the grille, but I slammed him into a wall, then ran over him a few more times just to be sure. Amazingly this did not work either! He had copied down my license number and found out where I live. A little later he showed up and spray-painted my garage door with his flyer's message, and burned it into both my front and back lawns with gasoline. Then he barricaded all of the roads except the one leading directly from my driveway to his store, and reprogrammed my doorbell to play an audio clip of the store's commercial every time it rings.



Would you do business with a store like that?



Apparently the websites that use hijacking-popup-adware-spyware-that-reinstalls-itself think you would.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You had me going there for a minute... --proverbial wife

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that. Next time use a nice shotgun!!

Anonymous said...

eek! you really had me going until he grabbed onto your grille, then i had to skip to the end to see if there was a punchline.

sorry about the computer hijacking, i think any and all face-punching is acceptable.

sarahk

Anonymous said...

I had the same thing - rdgus780.exe/winupd.exe - right? Major, major pain to get rid of. HijackThis and/or AdAware can help (I think I used HiJackThis) in the end...

Clancy

Hatless in Hattiesburg said...

Actually, this one rewrote shdoclc.dll in my (Win98) system folder, which I have replaced. There's also a script hidden somewhere that resets IE's default start page to their homepage on every restart. AdAware didn't fix it...

Blog Jones said...

Agh. Spy/ad/malware makers need to be drawn and quartered.

Two tips: The sooner you switch to Firefox, the better. Secondly, run AdAware in safe mode, and take note of the programs it's saying it's deleting. Then check those folders to make sure the spyware was actually deleted (I had a piece of spyware that *just* *wouldn't* *die* until I deleted it manually, in safe mode.)

Great post, btw. Best of luck.