Thursday, January 17, 2008
I blame George Bush
Blogging has been sort of light lately because, God help me, I got a virus in my computer and it is driving me crazy. I can see graphics on only half the pages I go to, and everything I do now - reading and typing - is so slooooooow.
Natch, I had let the virus protection software that came with the computer expire after the free 60-day (or whatever it was) trial, and when I realized a few days ago I had gotten infected with something really bad, I downloaded a free protection/scanning program which told me I had - and I do not exaggerate - 1,600 viruses. Most of them were standard cookie-reading adware that everyone gets and that don't really screw your computer up, but some of them were named "malicious" - and appropriately so. Some fucking computer geek in the Philippines or India writes these things just for fun to screw us up. The fuckers.
Anyway, the software deleted most of them but couldn't get the really bad ones that insinuate themselves into your C drive, so now I have to basically reload my Windows XP operating system to get my computer back to how it was when I got it.
And of course I have no clue where the original discs are, so I had to order them from a computer company for $27.
And when I do this, I will lose all my settings, all my documents, programs, bookmarks, music, etc., that I've downloaded over the last few years, so I spent most of Wednesday backing everything up on blank CDs and DVDs that I had to buy from Circuit City for 20 fucking dollars.
Fucking ugh, in fact.
But on a positive note, I had happy hour Wednesday with my friend Jan Brady - and she actually paid for the food! I had a Cuban panina. Delish. Granted, it only cost six bucks, so she still owes me about 8 drinks, but it was at least a small break from my day of computer hell.
The point is - people: get a good virus protector and always back up your hard drive.
Posted by J at 2:34 AM
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