I’m ready to dump all my computers in a pile, and go back to doing everything with pen and paper! Not really, but it has been a really difficult week, technologically, both at the shop and at home!
First my laptop was hit with a Trojan/virus thingy and had to go to the computer hospital. It was a fairly easy fix, but then a few days later the darn thing popped up again. Thanks to step-by-step instructions from my computer guy, I was able to get it going again. Only problem is that I don’t have nearly all of my software programs on my laptop, so I’m pretty limited with what I can do with it.
THEN, the PC at the shop was hit with the same junk late last week and it proved fatal to that machine! The whole thing had to be wiped clean, and everything reloaded…still a work in progress, but hopefully sometime this week I’ll be back in business. I have an external hard drive for backups of photos and files, and luckily I had just done a full system back up at the end of the year. I’m hoping I haven’t lost too much, but it remains to be seen. Apparently, this particular piece of nasty code targets McAfee and Norton security systems, and is able to bypass other security programs so there is no fool proof protection…other than abstinence…now where have I heard that before??? (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)
Learn from my experience: If you get a screen or pop-up saying you have a virus, and another pop-up offers to fix the problem if you click on “install”, DO NOT TOUCH IT! Even though it appears to be legitimate Microsoft stuff, it is actually creeps looking for your credit card info. I knew better than to fall for it, but the marauding trojans and viruses were already wreaking havoc on my computer(s)! And trust me when I tell you, it is a royal pain to fix!
If you have sent me an email in the last week, I’m not ignoring you, but it will be a few more days before I can read it. If you really need to talk to me, call me at the shop!
Oh, and no worries, I’m not contagious!
Let’s all be safe out there…geez, I’m just full of puns tonight!!! Gotta laugh to keep from crying…