How I got rid of a LinkBucks ReDirect

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I haven't touched a PC in years, so I haven't ever really had to worry about viruses and things like that.  But a couple months ago, my browser was highjacked by something that kept redirecting me to a site called LinkBucks, which is just a page with a bunch of spammy links that pays referrers every time they send someone there.  The worst part of it was, I'd google the issue, and then this virus (or whatever it was, I'm not sure it was a virus I guess) would block all virus scanning sites, and even support forums that described how to solve the problem!

I was happy to find and support another one-man business on the hill,  Computer Love , who  helped me out through some of this.

I was happy to find and support another one-man business on the hill, Computer Love, who  helped me out through some of this.

It sounds like this is something a lot of other people are experiencing, so I figured I'd share how I've dealt with the problem.  Without getting in to too much detail -- all you have to do to get rid of the re-direct is clear your browser cache, re-set your browser to default settings, and reset your ROUTER to factory settings.  None of the virus scans ever found anything, because the virus lives in the router (apparently they can do that?!) so that's why you have to reset the router to factory settings.  

One more note: if this problem is happening on one computer, don't connect any others to the wifi network until you've reset it!  Otherwise they'll get it too.  I made that mistake before I realized the router was the issue.  

Office Nomads

For about the past 6 months or so I've been a member at Office Nomads, the "Capitol Hill coworking grandaddy" that happens to be about 3 blocks from my apartment.  The coworking concept is defintely not a perfect fit for a video production business, but I'm making it work, and I'm loving it here for the time being.  I suspect that as video production continues to get leaner and meaner, coworking will become a more viable option for video producers like myself.  

Anyways, the point of this post is that the folks that run Office Nomads are launching a "big initiative to clean up, revamp, upgrade, organize, structure, and just generally over-all improve the coworking wiki," and I produced this video for them to get things going.

Quantified Self

I had the chance to get out and shoot the Quantified Self Seattle Show and Tell last week down in Belltown.  What is Quantified Self? Here's how they describe themselves on their website;

Are you interested in self-tracking? Do you use a computer, mobile phone, electronic gadget, or pen and paper to record your work, sleep, exercise, diet, mood, or anything else? ...

Quantified Self is a collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in self knowledge through self-tracking. We exchange information about our personal projects, the tools we use, tips we’ve gleaned, lessons we’ve learned.

I found all the presentations fascinating, esspecially the one below where Robby MacDonnell tracked his transportation habits, and made some really cool visualizations with the data.  Check out the rest of the presentations here.  And stay tuned, maybe some day I'll share my own self-tracking experiment that I just started!

Production Note: I usually don't have a problem telling if shots are in focus because the EX1s have such a sharp built in monitor, but it was REALLY hard to tell if the shots of the projector screen were in focus... so, appologies for the bluriness at times.