July 11, 2012

Computer Woes....and a shout out to those that do good for the world

Last night as I was preparing to go to bed (of course) Hubby informed me that the laptop had some kind of warning on it.

I sighed and went to look - this is what happens when you are the only semi-literate, semi-computer savvy person in the house, you are pulled from whatever it is you are doing to "fix" their problem.

And damned if that stupid computer wasn't infected with something AGAIN; a particularly nasty something, if I do say so myself (and, as a side note - these days it seems like every other day something is infecting that computer).

We have Norton to do our scanning - a service we pay dearly for I might add.  We also have several other free programs, as back up*.  I find it funny (funny, suspicious; not ha-ha) that on the big computer (the one the guys use) Norton always finds suspect issues in double digit numbers while on my small notebook it only finds issues in much, much lower numbers.  I also find it funny that the back up programs find stuff that Norton does not, but I also realize that there is only so much one company can do - which is why I rely on the others to help out....but I digress; as usual.

I tried and tried to save the computer last night - but once I realized I couldn't even open the operating system in "safe" mode exhaustion and self-pity took over.  I went to bed in tears because we certainly cannot afford to fix the computer at this point in time but yet, we can't go without it either.

This morning I woke up and made some coffee.  Then I steeled my spine and went back in.  By the time I had to stop and get ready for work the computer was still alive - but in somewhat critical condition.  As I left, I banned the boys from using it at all and to use mine if they had to; which in retrospect may not have been a good idea considering how ill they had made their computer.

After a particularly grueling day at work (don't ask - yesterday and today have totally kicked my butt) I came home and got back to work.

So after about 4 1/2 (total) hours of tinkering I think I have pulled that computer back from the brink of certain death, I have now imposed the rule of running a scan every night prior to going to bed.  But now I am thinking I really need to back up all those important pictures documents residing on that computer STAT.....and  that I might want to start running all those spyware, malware, etc. products on MY computer now that they've had their grubby, little paws all over it.

The lesson learned?  Don't let your clueless husband and teenage son use any computer that you have control over....or any other computer for that matter.  If you do, then YOU will have learn how to fix the damn things....whether you want to or not.

WHY is that random, stupid highlighting and odd spacing there?!  Blogger, you vex me more than words can describe.  Forget it.  I'm too tired to worry about it anymore tonight.  

*I would like to thank Norton, and the host of other unmentioned companies (which include CCleaner and Malware Bytes) for saving my sanity.  No, I was not compensated in any way - I just think that the good people out there who are fighting against the evil-hearted bastards who create these demons have my undying devotion and love and deserve a MAJOR shout out....unfortunately it's only me doing the shouting.


  1. If it makes you feel better mine is randomly highlighting as well. I have no idea how to fix it or why it's doing it. (sigh)

  2. Ugh! This reminds me that I need to backup my stuff... just in case.

  3. Nah-nah-na-na-nah! I don't get random highlighting!

  4. I get that random highlighting, too. Fortunately I am familiar enough with HTML to go in and remove it, but I wonder what is causing it? It doesn't bother me because I know what is going on, and that it's NOT OUR FAULT! Blogger is going through growing pains, it seems.

    Since I have only Apple systems, I don't have problems with viruses, but I feel your pain nevertheless.

  5. I love your post. Glad, very glad you can fix the computer.

  6. I need to back up everything too. My computer is possessed and I'm computer illiterate. Damn the luck!

  7. You are a good woman Gigi. In this household, there is no semi-tech savvy people...only people who THINK they are semi-tech savvy which is altogether the worst combination. My computers explode...sort of...well they crash with loud noises and smoking..that counts as an explosion, right?

  8. LOL Oh I'm sorry but this made me laugh because I am the one in this house who breaks every computer, IPod and laptop I can get my hands on!!

  9. Computers...they are the bane of my existence. Unfortunately, I'm addicted to my laptop and I think it knows I am. Therefore it can treat my like crap and walk all over me and I will still come back for more.