Weekend Update

Ha. I just had the strangest urge to say: “Hi, I’m Amy Poehler, and this is Seth Myers and this is Weekend Update.” That is a sign of TOO much television. 😉

Anyway, I just wanted to apologize for my absence, particularly to those whose blogs I frequent. I plan to do all of my catchups first thing tomorrow morning. Promise. *scouts honor* Unfortunately, Friday my computer had a total meltdown. Let me tell you all a story…

On the 14th of July I renewed my antivirus subscription. They offered me an upgrade for the same price. This was VERY exciting to me, so I was like, sure. Why not, you know? I figure the new stuff has to be better than the older version. Was I very wrong.

Midweek it started acted kind of funky. By Friday, it no longer worked at all. I contacted tech support. 4 times in about 5 1/2 hours. Let’s just say I spent very little time sleeping Friday night, and more time arguing with tech support people who all disagreed about what was wrong with my program. I had to install and uninstall it like 3 times. And at one point, during the uninstall, my computer got FLOODED with spyware.

Popup ads came out of nowhere. Some really awful ones started sending Trojans my way. I’m not sure the extent of the damage yet. I’m hoping beyond hope it wasn’t bad and that I caugth it all in time. Thanks to some savvy thinking on my part (yup, patting myself on the back as we speak) I disconnected the net, went to my inlaws and did some research on the little buggers stuck to my hard drive. Found some suggested cleaners and have since proceeded to download Spybot Search and Destroy, CCleaner, Ad-Aware, and FIREFOX! 😀 That one I’m particularly excited about.

I’ve never made the browser change due to old fashioned fear and traditionalism. But the time has come. IE is so last millenium. I need something with better security features, and Firefox seems to be the trick. I did a thorough clean of my system, found a bunch of the spyware and deleted it. I know 80% of the time it’s not that simple, but I can dream. Either way, I will continue to run these scans for the next few weeks to ensure protection. In the meantime, me and my antivirus people are not on good terms. I’m calling Customer Service to let them know I am deleting my new version and going back to the old one which never gave me issues. I’ll keep my subscription because its a good service, but I want the old version back.

Goes to show, don’t get pulled in by glamour and glitz of something new. Might just bite you in the… hard drive.

Hope you all had a great weekend either way! And I will see you all at your blogs. 😉

3 responses to “Weekend Update

  1. God, that is SUCH a nightmare!! I don’t have virus worries (Mac = beautifully virus-free, at least for now) but computer problems drive me NUTS! I had big issues a few months back, with the Mac not starting up properly (taking about 2 hours to index everything upon start up) and eventually found out that it was a corrupt font file. About a week’s worth of trouble all for one tiny file. I hope it all settles down for you.

  2. Gabrielle, I’ve seriously considered a Mac for that exact reason. But they’re sooo pricey! I guess it all evens out in security.

    One little corrupt file can send the entire system into a HUGE uproar. Technology. I have a love/hate relationship with it.

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