Cold vs Flu, Battle of the viruses

Last night was spent disconnected to the internet and sorting out my computer.
You know what it’s like when someone else uses your equipment and something ‘new’ appears? You assume it’s something to do with what they were doing and ignore it, not wanting to say anything because you feel a bit of a jackass.
jackassHm.
As it turns out, I should have said something, so the joke’s on me.
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That pretty little icon was nothing to do with me. Or Hubby for that matter.
In fact, neither of us have any idea how it got there, and for me to actually ‘invite’ it in (ie. install) is something I wouldn’t do without supervision as I’m terrified of doing something wrong.
Yes, I am a technophobe. My PC knows this and plays on my fear, so when anything unusual happens on my screen, I am calling for Hubby’s assistance, guidance and reassurance.

My PC has been running slow for a while, but it would get there in the end.
snailHubby had already checked it out and could see no reason for it. However, yesterday I was going absolutely nowhere, and that was before I even tried to log on to the internet.

With a resounding sigh, Hubby stopped what he was doing and had a look.
An in-depth look behind the scenes and whaddayaknow?

I had TWO, (possibly THREE if you included an incomplete upgrade) virus checkers battling for supremacy. And that little icon? That was one of them.
virus warNow Hubs loves FREE software, and we have a brilliant virus checker that is so efficient and sensitive,  it detects a virus before it even tries to so much as sneeze.
Somehow, this uninvited intruder not only invaded my PC, but switched on the automatic upgrades for everything, and auto-installed its own upgrade which didn’t exactly override itself which was already running.
computer bashing 2Not only that, but it had duplicated files of practically everything on my hard drive, which took up almost 900 Mb. I don’t really understand Megabytes and Gigabytes (unless it’s something to do with the eating process),  other than the latter is 1000 of the former, but when trying to back up my files to a disc, the memory capacity thereon was insufficient!

More digging around and he found duplicates of the duplicates, so I spent the next 2 hours sorting and deleting, eventually getting my files into proper folders and directories again.
When saving my pictures to a new folder, it duplicated them, so Hubby had to have another look and found something else going on.
computer bashingTrying to un-install the offending virus checker(s) was another game, and he had to delete all of them before he could begin again.
My machine has been cleaned and defragged and I have an awful lot of ‘grey’ space now.

We have saved the important finance documents to a USB key as well as saving everything to a back up disc as Hubby feels my PC is on its way out.

computer
Logging in this morning was quicker so hopefully I’ll be OK for a while.
Please?
computer apology

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Cold vs Flu, Battle of the viruses

  1. colinandray says:

    The trouble is that so many software patches/upgrades include “free” bonus programs promoted to increase security, check for efficiency, updates drivers etc., and they are very discreetly disguised so ones agreement to the upgrade is also agreement for the add-ons. My golden rule is that any software that is devious re promoting other programs, is questioned about its value to me and, if I cannot justify it …. it is history. Devious sales I have ‘0’ tolerance of. 🙂

  2. Love your icons. They make more sense than the ones I see on my computer. I would love to hit an “apologize” button and have everything all better. I couldn’t get on Internet Explorer at all this morning. I had no idea why so I went to reboot only to find that I had a bunch of updates waiting. Usually I get update messages but not this time. Sigh. Gremlins!

  3. scifihammy says:

    These little viruses are very clever – and a compete pain! I hope your computer runs smoothly from now on. – And well done to your husband for sorting it all out. 🙂

  4. I hate those popups that hit when you trying to something. I hope you computer keeps working.

  5. Viruses are the discarded condoms of the internet age.

  6. Weird Maggie says:

    I just have to say that I love your writing style! 🙂

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