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Hello, Day from Hell - Walking on the Edge
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Hello, Day from Hell


OK, now that I've gotten that out of the way. I have had the day. from. hell. Thank you, computer. Last night, mysteriously, it got some kind of stupid-ass rootkit virus that started slowing down every program and eventually made the internet completely inaccessible. Which sucked, because usually with this sort of thing I can just go online and see how to eradicate it. BUT NO. None of my spyware programs were catching it, it was constant and annoying and making it impossible to use the computer, and, and...just AAARRGGGGHH.

Finally I gave up on DIY and went to bed, and this morning, I called Dell. $120 to fix the problem remotely, eh? NO THANKS. Then I called Norton, because, see, I had *had* Norton Antivirus on my computer for several years, and suddenly, it wasn't there anymore! Why? No idea, except that the license apparently ran out or something. So I figured they might be able to help. Norton quoted me $100 to fix it, which was slightly better, and then worked on the damn thing for OVER SIX HOURS. Fer serious. I got my money's worth. But finally, all viruses are gone, and they also remotely installed the new Norton Antivirus for me AND gave me a really good deal for over a year's worth of protection. And they were nice. So hooray, Norton people (and isn't it funny how almost the only time I talk to people overseas it's because I have computer problems? I should have asked them how the weather is over in India or the Philippines. I did have an interesting discussion about computer gaming with the software guy. Heh.) But one thing they did while they were fixing it was to install Internet Explorer 7, since the virus had corrupted IE6. And now I can't. find. my. freakin. HOME BUTTON. What the hell, IE designers? I don't care a Fig Newton that you were going for "more streamlined and less cluttered". If I can't FIND ANYTHING then it means it is "more clumsy and less easy to use." GAH. Do they teach ANYONE ergonomics these days? Or common sense? Give me IE6 back, please! It was flawed, but at least I knew where things WERE.

So, yeah, now I am reduced to Googling, "Where is home button on IE7" and "WHAT THE HELL, INTERNET EXPLORER PEOPLE?" and possibly "WHERE'S MY MACHETE??" ARGH! (And it goes without saying, PLEASE let me know if you know how to make the home, printer, feeds, and favorites buttons appear on the $&@*! toolbar. I already figured out how to make the TOOLBAR appear, which was a task in itself.) I cannot TELL you how annoyed with IE7 I am right now. Streamlined. PAH.

And now, I think, perhaps, I will take a deep breath and go kick some supervillain's ass in Ultimate Alliance. I feel like hitting things.

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Trixie is at: At my stupid computer
Trixie feels: pissed off pissed off

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spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: February 26th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC) (current file)
A) I'm glad that Norton was helpful, but oh my God thumbs down on Norton in general. Most of my Internet problems are BECAUSE OF Norton. Because it thinks it's sooooo awesome to block everything.

B) Firefox, girl! Wave of the future.

I'm sorry you got a nasty virus. *hug*
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laurelin_kit From: laurelin_kit Date: February 26th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC) (current file)
Firefox is so much better. Easy to use and everything. Much more secure, too.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 28th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC) (current file)
I've started using it now. So far, so good. :)
kahlan_amnell From: kahlan_amnell Date: February 26th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC) (current file)
Sorry that you've been having computer problems.

Adding to the chorus of people suggesting you try Firefox. I first started using it when the version of IE I had on my computer mysteriously took away my address bar and I couldn't get it back. I now much prefer it.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 28th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC) (current file)
I'm giving it a try. Working well so far!
lady_of_mists From: lady_of_mists Date: February 26th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC) (current file)
I'll offer hugs if you won't bite my head off or have Deadpool come try to assassinate me. ;)

:cautiously offers hugs:

On the other hand, I've been very aggravated today as well so I know where you are coming from. I, at least, got to apply for about 5-6 jobs online tonight (two of which I was really interested in, two of which I was somewhat interested in, and a couple that I'm just applying to say that I applied for something, shoot far) and have another application that needs to be mailed tomorrow (once I do a cover letter -- I'm so tired/sleepy at the moment that I don't think that I could concentrate enough on it). I'm getting to the point that I would take just about anything that would get me in the door at some place if they would consider moving me to the correct position later on! :laughs:
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 28th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC) (current file)
Deadpool would never assasinate YOU! :)

And also, my computer is working now. So: less homicidal.

Oh, lord - job searching is like, the worst thing ever. Can I hire someone to job search FOR me? (Actually I can, can't I? Headhunters. But: no money to spare for that. Hah. I hear you on getting less particular about what work to take.

I just keep telling myself: I can do it! *sends luck*
addygryff From: addygryff Date: February 26th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh dear, but besides IE7 being confusing... I hope everything else is working okay again now.

*is also a supporter of team firefox*
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 28th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC) (current file)
Trying Firefox, and so far so good.

Hey, I meant to ask you - weren't you saying you were thinking about making it to the con? Just wondering. You totally should. It will be AWESOME. :)

(Have been doing a lot of con work today so am all hyped up about it. :)
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foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 28th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC) (current file)
I know, everyone's been telling me I'm stupid for using it. I'm trying out Firefox now.

Now if I could only figure out how to disable the stupid mouse pointer stick on my keyboard. Somehow they re-enabled that think when they installed stuff, and it's making it RIDICULOUS to type. I keep hitting it. Gah.
ashcomp From: ashcomp Date: February 26th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC) (current file)
Everything all these people are saying about Internet Explorer is true. Most viruses are specifically writtten to target it. Use just about anything else, and your odds of escaping go up. And yeah, antivirus programs are all paid subscriptions. Don't let them lapse. You also want to be sure you're getting all the MS Windows bug fixes as soon as they push them out. If your machine isn't set up to accept and install these automatically, do it now.

At some point, I'd like to get the blow-by-blow description of that process. I'm seriously impressed.

ETA typo fixes

Edited at 2009-02-26 06:01 pm (UTC)
corkdorkdan From: corkdorkdan Date: February 26th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC) (current file)
Not all of them... Avast is free (just requires registration) and I use it to protect my old desktop. It updates weekly with new defs, and does anti-spyware and anti-rootkit too. Also less bloated than Norton. But then, I also use it in conjunction with Firefox or Opera so that helps too.
penmage From: penmage Date: February 26th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC) (current file)
I don't know what virus you had, but something is going around in frash ads on the internet. According to chopchica and her friends, malwarebytes.com has a software that removes it, and in firefox you can install the adpop blocker and flash blocker that will both protect you from picking it up.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 28th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC) (current file)
Ah, thanks - I use Megavideo sometimes, so maybe that's where it came from. I'm using Firefox now for safety.
corkdorkdan From: corkdorkdan Date: February 26th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC) (current file)
If you haven't yet figured out where your Home button went, you can use keyboard shortcut Alt+Home to go to your homepage. Do you have tabs enabled in IE7? My "Home" button appears on the same line as the tabs do, along with print, help, etc. It should be right underneath the Search box in the top right. If it's not there, you should be able to right-click in that spot -> customize command bar -> add or remove commands.. and add the Home button that way.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 28th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, for some reason my IE won't let me right-click on that bar. I tried everything, but just gave up. I'm using Firefox now. Stupid IE7.
roatan From: roatan Date: February 27th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC) (current file)
OMG, I still remember the week IE7 was installed at work. There were times I wanted to scream and jump up and down and up and down on my computer because IE7 was so damn ass backwards. Even though I know where the home button is, I've given up on it completely. I type in the URL and wait for autocomplete to finish the it.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 28th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC) (current file)
I don't even know what their designers were smoking when they designed it. Stupid thing. I'm using Firefox now.
chrryblssmninja From: chrryblssmninja Date: February 27th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC) (current file)
-smashes things with you-

I did have an interesting discussion about computer gaming with the software guy. Heh
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 28th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC) (current file)
He was in the Philippines, and I was here. I found it slightly surreal but fun. Heh.
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