October 29, 2010

Want to see me freak out???

Then you should have been here last night, as I was contemplating going to bed and just checking Twitter before doing so.

When I saw a tweet from Kathryn.

@gigirambles Sweetie! It's not spam...it's Google Chrome. WTF??

along with this picture


I almost immediately began to hyperventilate.  What was going on?  How could this be happening?  HOW IS GIGI'S RAMBLINGS HOSTING MALWARE??????

This was completely unacceptable!  Impossible.

Of course, I jumped online and, with the help of Kathryn, began researching what could have happened and how to fix it ASAP!

Did you know that Blogger/Google has "Webmaster tools?"  I didn't.  I'm still not sure how they work or what all they do.....all I know is that I was inundated with information that was next to impossible to decipher - especially since my cold medicine had begun to kick in about an hour into it (yes, the cold is still hanging on somehow....).

I finally had to admit defeat and head to bed - praying the whole time that I would wake up and all would be well - that it had been some kind of horrible nightmare.

It wasn't.  I woke up and spent far more than my usual, alloted thirty minutes of computer and coffee time before work trying to fix it.  In a last ditch effort, I dumped my beloved template.  I had remembered reading something last night that mentioned the site that hosts my template.  And miracle of miracles - that fixed it.

Apparently, the site that hosts the template was hacked.  Who would have thought?

So that, my friends, is the long winded explanation of why things look a bit different - and will probably continue to evolve as I try to find something else to my liking.  If you happen to notice something is missing please let me know as the switch was just a quick one - so I don't know if I caught everything I needed to catch before switching.

A very special thank you to Kathryn for alerting me to the problem and going to such lengths to help me try and fix it.  This is why I love blog-land!

And once again, I have to question why people feel such a need to do bad things - like stealing credit card numbers and hacking into websites.  If you are going to put that much effort into something - do something legal and worthwhile; because seriously?  There IS a special place in hell for people who put others through so much torture.  Especially when all they want to do is go to bed - or get up and enjoy their coffee.

18 comments:

  1. I am terrified to change anything on my blog as the auntie is afeared of the technology. Hope this is all sorted now

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  2. Scary stuff, agree though people should put their technical knowledge to good use and go get jobs in the computer department of large corporations, I am sure if they are that clever, they will get snapped up and offered a good salary!

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  3. No wonder you freaked out - I like your new look though. Karma will get the little buggers who do this kind of thing!

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  4. I like the new look, but that is really crazy! I had no idea that someone could hack into a template and cause bad thing to happen. But what do I know? Glad you got it fixed. You are using the same template as me now.

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  5. I'm sorry you had to go through this. I had no idea. I'm glad you got it all fixed.

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  6. Oh, that would have freaked me out too!! Big time...and actually, I like the new look, maybe you should keep it. xx

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  7. I'm with you!
    I just changed my background - but I"m likely to do that often anyway.
    Best of luck in finding another template that's exactly you - I like this though!

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  8. WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. I am so SICK of hackers and malware. And well said- spend your time doing something worthwhile- and maybe there's hope for the USA yet...

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  9. I'm go glad you were able to fix it, sweetie! 'Cause those tutorials may just as well have been written in Japanese for all I knew. It said to "clean" your site...but for the life of me, I couldn't understand HOW.

    I'm glad you picked up on that template idea....and glad that did the trick.

    Hey, we twins have to stick together.

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  10. Eeek!

    I paid someone to do my blog so I hope nothing ever messes up.

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  11. That's terrible!! Glad you got it fixed!!

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  12. That's so annoying! Technology is great, but when it goes wrong because of horrible people....UGH!!!!!!!!!!!
    Glad you got it all worked out. :-)

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  13. Technology is scary enough without the evil people making it a living hell! Glad you were able to put it back together.

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  14. That is the stuff of a bloggers nightmare! Glad you got it mostly figured out!

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  15. What a nightmare.....so pleased you worked out how to fix it. X

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  16. oh i'm sorry to hear that it's happened to your site. good thing that fixed it. actually i've seen a couple sites on blogger that's having the same problem. hopefully it doesn't happen to you again

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  17. Ya, that would have kept me up at night!
    I got an anonymous message on one of my older posts just last week, and said something to the effect of, "Came, got what I needed, thank you, Henry." I'm still expecting my computer to implode. That's creepy. That's why I have put the thingy back on where you have to type in the letter to show you aren't spam.

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  18. Okay, so what site did your template come from? Mine is Pyzam. I don't want that happening to me!!!!

    I hate colds. I hope you get better soon!

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