Thursday, November 29, 2012

Computer Issues

I finally can sit down and write out my new blog post. Of course, I had another subject in mind, but not until my computer had problems this morning.

This is not the first time. This has been going on the last few months and I have some good ideas as to what is causing it, now that my son cleaned it out and explained what happens.

First, when you down load, files can secretly join to whatever it is you put on your computer. Bad files, ones you don't want. One good thing, I didn't have a virus this time. Several downloads came to mind. Pinterest pictures might be part of it. Also, my almost new son-in-law downloaded a game for my grand daughter, and a friend of mine checked her email and downloaded a senior singles site...that one led to porn attached files! 

What a pain in the arse! After my son cleaned out all the bad files, he used mal-ware and another cleaner, then deleted all bad files that even attach to my Google Chrome. Then, the de-frag. Now, I've been going through my documents and downloads and cleaning it all out. It's taken most of my day!

Lesson learned, that's for sure. I guess the next step is saving everything I want on my computer to my external hard drive and wiping it all out, then reloading a clean slate, so to speak.

I hope it all works and I don't have to invest any time soon on a new computer. I have to have my computer to write.

Has this happened to you? What steps did you have to do to fix it? Did you get a new system? 

I am blessed that my son does this for a living, or I would have been screwed!

All's well that ends well! Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to drop me a line and let me know your computer (nightmare) story!

Love, Lisa

8 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa,
    I know the feeling. It is a good thing you have your son. I had to learn how to take care of my computer myself. I have a great security software system called Bitdefender that I am pretty happy with. I must also confess that since I switched over to Apple the problems such as you have described do not occur often. That makes me happy.
    Good luck with your computer.
    Ciao,
    Patricia

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  2. Computers! They're such timesavers until something goes awry...and then it's an all day chore to fix them. Such frustration!

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    1. Yes, yes it is Teresa. I wish I didn't have to mess with it, but I'm not computer savy! Thanks for the comment!

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  3. Thanks Pat for your comment and I have thought about an Apple, but they cost a lot of money. The problem is my computer is 6 yrs old. It's tired...LOL!

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  4. Yes indeedy, I've encountered this before too. Now I have a weekly scan done and a clean-up at least once a month. Since it's only me on this computer I don't have to worry about anything other what I do here, but still regular maintenance needs to be done to assure good operation. It's time-consuming and I often don't know what the heck I'm doing, but I guess I've been doing something right so far. I really need to get an external hard drive to back up everything. Losing it all is one of my fears, but then again maybe it would be liberating to start all over. Well, I guess I'd rather not find out.

    Lee
    A Faraway View

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  5. Hi Arlee, You hit the nail on the head for me, losing all my work! I have 3 books in my computer and I think I would fall over dead if I lost them! I did invest in an external drive and I am so glad I did! Plus my sister has the books in her computer! I'm not taking any chances and it would not be a relief for me, that's for sure! As far as cleaning the computer, I do that all the time too, but you never know what you're going to pick up with any site. My biggest problem is my computer is 6 yrs old. Time for a new one I think!

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  6. Maybe Santa will bring you one for Christmas.

    I got a virus on mine about a year ago. I'm just computer savvy enough that I recognized it in less than ten minutes and called Dell. I was connected with a very helpful young woman who got me the tools, probably what Travis got for you (Malwarebytes being one of them), and she had me run the scans and cleanups, stayed on the line with me for about three hours making sure that I was able to do everything she told me. I don't know everything about computers, but I do know enough that she could computer speak me through it.

    I got an external hard drive right after that. I also have flash drives. Everything that's important, especially my book, is on both, all, every single backup.

    Now that I have my scanning and cleaning tools, I don't have these issues and I'm way more careful of what sites I visit. The consequences of not having this are just to frightening to me since I've started writing. I now work off my external drive instead of having it on my laptop or netbook.

    Oh, and your son knows that your friends get preference, right?

    Robin

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  7. Thanks for the comment Robin! As far as my son, I was lucky he was willing to help me. He threatened to charge me for his time lol! I know he was messing with me, but he's right, there are people that would pay for this kind of help.

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