Resolving Monkey Virus Infection In Windows

Ever heard of Monkey Virus? Monkey Virus spreads only through Floppy disks and affects Master Boot Record (MBR) of hard drives and the boot records of floppies. This virus moves the MBR from the first sector to the third, replaces the same with its own code. When booting normally from systems local hard disk, the virus gets activated but everything seems to perform normally for the user.

Monkey virus is a quite common boot sector virus that can leave you Windows in an unbootable condition. It retains a weird behavior and so it uses the stealth technology to hide its presence. Now that it encrypts the original data of your partition table, and you try booting the Windows based computer from a floppy disk, the system fails to recognize the hard drive and displays the following error occurs:

Invalid drive specifications

But when you boot with the affected hard disk, the partition table is accessible and everything seems to be just normal. This happens as the monkey virus has replaced the MBR code of hard disk by its own code and moves the MBR to hard drives third sector. It occurs due to the moved partition- which also makes your hard disk drive inaccessible when you boot with floppy.

Now if you are sure that your computers Windows has been infected from Monkey virus, we suggest you not to run commands such as /fixmbr or fdisk /mbr etc. Attempting to run such commands might just damage your partition table and MBR severely instead of resolving the issue.

Dont use any disk editor that claims to retrieve your MBR back just as it was actually before the corruption. The disk editor might be successful in removing the virus cases, but your Windows wont boot after using this. When you use any anti-virus software for removing the Monkey virus, make sure that it is able to decrypt the partition table. Ignoring this might just result in serious data loss from your hard disk drive.

Now the question that arises is how can you remove this Monkey virus? Well, just use any of the measures given below, to flush Monkey virus out of your computer:

Restore MBR and partition table from a virus-free backup copy of your data.

If possible, locate the original zero track, decrypt the information and move it back to the original place.

Use a professional and quality antivirus software

Repartition the hard disk, reformat the logical drives and restore the lost data from a previous backup.

If in case, you find out that your data backup copy is invalid or absent, use recover disk tool to restore all your data. These special recover disk tools scan your Windows disk and recover disk or Windows data safely.

Riyadh Zoo – a family centric attraction in the heart of Saudi Arabia

Riyadh is the largest city and the capital of Saudi Arabia. There is less entertainment and the laws and culture of Islam are more prevalent here than in other part of Saudi. The city is built and geared for business with the rest of the world, however, women are required to have a male relative accompany them in to the country, if not their husbands.

One must be conscious of prayer times as many offices will be closed during these times, along with weekends (Fridays & Saturdays). Entry to attractions is often limited to families or just gents, so checking prior to visiting an attraction would be advisable.

The Mamak Fortress is one heritage site that is worth a visit. Open till 9 in the evening at the heart of the city, the fortress has survived since the early 1900s. Renovated in the year 2008, the fortress has regained much of its glory and looks unchanged considering its age. Inside the mud brick fortress is a museum which regales you of stories from its protection against King Abdul Aziz who stormed in to Riyadh in 1902. The Murabba Palace which was built by the great King Abdul Aziz resides next to the fortress, and can also be conveniently visited. The National Museum is also another tourist attraction worth visiting in Riyadh. State of the art, with plenty of English subtitles, there are many mini theatres and highlights that re-tell the story of Saudi and the birth of Islam.

Riyadh Zoo is another place that is worth seeing, especially to get a chance to see some of the local flora and fauna. Situated in Malaz, the zoo is easily accessible from the city and is spread over a 55 acre piece of land which features different terrain. See flamingos gracefully fluffing their feathers, or a white peacock in dance and the chimpanzee at play. The Riyadh Zoo is family centric and is a wonderful way to spend a leisurely afternoon in the city.

Travellers in search of convenient Makkah accommodation will find Raffles Makkah Palace to be the ideal option. Offering a wide range of modern facilities and amenities this Makkah hotel also presents several splendid restaurants to it guests to indulge in.

Disadvantages of Buying Pet Insurance

Pet insurance is something that you can buy for your pets at home. The idea is that you can pay a premium in order to cover major medical costs for your pet just like you do for yourself with health insurance. While this might sound like a good idea, there are a number of disadvantages to buying pet insurance that you should be aware of before purchasing.

Not everything is going to be covered. You will have certain procedures that are covered and others that won’t. Don’t think that whatever medical choices you make for your pet will be covered by the insurance policy.

Major medical needs for pets many times never actually happen. This is because in many cases the vet’s decision is that it’s best to put your pet to sleep versus trying to fight. In many cases of major illness or serious injury, your pet might not actually get any care which means you can’t take advantage of the insurance savings.

Many plans require you to pay up front and then you will get reimbursed at a later date. In the case of major medical costs, you will have to have this money in your pocket to take advantage of it.

With certain types of insurance, you might not be able to go to certain vets. This means if your get insurance, you might not be able to keep your vet.

Only certain states and locations will cover your pet. This means that if you go out of your state and your pet get injured, you might not be able to collect on the insurance like you expect.

Instead of paying premiums, you could just save up the money in a savings account for your pet in case anything ever happens. If you need to use it for medical bills, do so. If not, you didn’t lose this money in premium costs.

Bird Watching at Fond Doux Estate

St Lucia has well-established itself as a destination for sun and sea, but the verdant, geographically intriguing island offers so much more to the visitor. St Lucia is part of the Windward Island grouping in the Caribbean Sea which forms part of the archipelago linking North and South America. As such, it is uniquely placed in the migratory route of many birds and is home to at least five endemic species, several subspecies and many Caribbean endemics. Its relatively small size and easy navigability make the island an ideal bird watching destination.

The town of Soufriere, an historical town nestled at the base of quickly rising slopes into the rain-forested interior of the island, has long boasted a dynamic and varied bird life. Relatively undeveloped and naturally protected, Soufriere and its environs are home to a number of fascinating bird species. It is also the easiest access route to the forested interior where many of the endemic species can be found. The St Lucian rainforests undisturbed, fertile landscape supports a diverse tropical plant life, and as a result has become something of a bird sanctuary.

Three species of hummingbird found on the island, including the Purple Throated Carib, a dark bird with a brilliant, iridescent purple throat, the curved beaked Green Throated Carib and the tiny but distinctive Antillian Crested Hummingbird make this part of the island their home, though increasingly, with the end of commercially crop dusting, more and more of the species are being seen in the lower lying areas of the island. The remarkable endemic Amazona Versicolor, a parrot species unique to the island nation also makes its home in the rain forest; it favours the Gwi gwi berry, fruit of a prickly palm that is in abundance on this part of the island. Famously elusive, the Amazona Versicolor, or Jacquot as it is locally known, is an endemic brightly plumaged parrot that is also the islands national bird. Jacquot is more often heard than sighted, its call is unique, but has been known to reward those who are patient.

The St Lucia Oriole, another endemic, is a particularly exciting sighting. It bears distinctive orange-yellow markings on its underside and wings which stand out against its predominantly black plumage. The ubiquitous Lesser Antillean Bullfinch is no stranger to even the most casual bird watcher. The male is black with a bright red throat, the female is dun coloured. They are often found in pairs and quite likely to approach you on your veranda, particularly if there is a bowl of fruit around.

Because of the abundance of fruit trees, the protective mountainous terrain and rainforest canopy, bird watching in St Lucia is both an incidental affair for the arm chair birder, as well as a rewarding excursion for the dedicated enthusiast.