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The Adaptive vs. In The Branches – Junglespace (Live) [Free Song Download]

In my library of recent recordings, I have 700 different files. From these, I’ve released 13 In The Branches albums and a few live tracks, like this live version of Junglespace that blends my two solo music projects in one live take. I’ve only scratched the surface (maybe 10% of what could be released), and I keep on recording more every week! As I sort through these, I’ll continue releasing singles, EP’s, and albums.

Dodging Bullets: How to Recover from the Win32 Apanas Trojan Computer Virus (Windows 8.1/10)

This post is for anyone who finds themselves fighting off a computer virus on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. The one I just encountered was called “Win32 Apanas Trojan” by Avast Free Antivirus. I’m not an expert in the sketchy world of antivirus software, but Avast seemed to help me out a lot.

All three of my computers run Windows 8.1. Call me crazy. I don’t like Windows 10. (I miss Windows 7, but Windows 8.1 is my middle ground). Maybe 10 is better against viruses? Maybe that’s a pipe dream.

I was caught with my guard down the other day, when a virus suddenly stopped me from using my main computer. Many of my programs stopped working, and my computer began behaving quite badly — not doing what I asked and running mysterious console applications on its own. I immediately went down the list of recovery options:

  1. Windows System Restore. It has saved me before, it could save me again! Nope, not in this case. For whatever reason, there was no way I could restore my system like in the good old days.I later found out that I could have restored it, but Windows 8.1’s “Metro” Recovery interface had me convinced I could not. Come on, Microsoft! Lesson learned. Use Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Recovery to find the real System Restore.
  2. Start Over. Yes, I try to stay prepared for this kind of apocalypse. I was ready to format my hard drive and start over… But why not try a few things first?
  3. Manual Recovery Through Research. This seems to have worked, in my case. No issues for a full day, and all is back to normal. More details below.

How I Recovered My Computer: Manually

Four simple steps got my computer running again. I was lucky that the virus didn’t stop my computer in its tracks by the time I ran System File Checker:

Go to Search or Start > Command Prompt and right-click. In the popup menu, click “Run As Administrator”

 

 

Step 1: System File Checker

In the command prompt window, type this command:
sfc /scannow

The “sfc” stands for System File Checker, and it’s a lifesaver. It runs through a thorough list of Windows system files, checking for missing and changed files, then restoring their originals. Mine completed with some warnings about certain files being skipped, or something along those lines. It still helped. Some viruses may block or replace this executable, but I was spared.

Step 2: Install Avast and/or ClamWin

Avast Antivirus is free for 30 days. ClamWin is open source and free to use. Use one, use both, just use something!

Step 3: Reinstall Infected Programs

This is why we keep backups of everything, right? If an executable (program) gets infected by a virus, you need to reinstall that program.

Summary

Some people never a trust a computer that’s been infected, and insist on formatting their hard drives. I’m more optimistic. If you can survive through a virus with the steps above, then congratulations! I hope this helps someone!

New Music from In The Branches on Bandcamp

In the past few days, I released a new single from In The Branches, and a new compilation was released featuring another new In The Branches song. Listen below:

Review: Enslaved – “E” (2017)

Yes, I’m trying to begin doing quick reviews of music (and possibly music/photography gear). Here we go.

Enslaved has a long history stretching back to the early days of Norwegian black metal’s international rise. I’m not entirely familiar with their discography, but I know some of it has caught my attention over the years. I saw their other releases as decent, but “E” has something special going on. Here’s proof with the opening song, “Storm Son”.

The album’s blend of Scandinavian blackness, 70’s psychedelic prog, and modern production make it a new favorite for me. In a fit of excitement, I almost posted on Facebook that this album seemed to be the best thing to happen to metal since Opeth’s “Orchid”. I can’t claim that yet — Orchid took years to catch on to the metal community at large.

This is a beautiful metal album that carries deep musical wisdom under the surface. Each song is full of little ideas that you can’t remember until you hear it again, then you go, “Ah! I remember that part!” The band’s use of musical technicality and subtle repetition are intriguing from the first listen.

Yes, screeching black metal vocals aren’t for everyone. People sure do love to explain how it’s the only part they don’t like about this music. Okay, okay. We get it. But for those of us who grew up with such entertaining vocal madness, it’s the glue that holds everything together. The uncertainty and excitement of extremity in music. Enslaved has mellowed out their sound dramatically, but this feels more cohesive than ever before. Highly recommended!

8/10

More info: http://enslaved.no/new-album-e-today/