Thursday, December 29, 2011

Color me cautious and other bits of whatnot.

I've still been scanning the computer like a mad woman, because the wound is still a little raw from all of the uglies that I had to extract from my computer's interiors.  Funny thing is that Avast popped up a virus update report today and had a survey for me to fill out.  Gee, what do you think I did?  Well golly, I told them exactly how much I loved their software not blocking potentially harmful things that nearly disabled our whole system.  (I was nice and didn't swear, I promise.)  I'm wondering what their response will be. 

I still say that Ad-aware is my hero. 

Onward!  We're spending day with family today.  My husband's sister and her family are in town, so we're going to go to an indoor exhibit that Hubs helped to put together, we'll cruise past his "home base" for work, then toodle on back to my in-law's.  Then, we'll cruise on down the road to K-'s sib's house, hang with them for a while and go back to my MIL's for dinner.  It's good for K- to be able to spend time with both hunks of family, as she doesn't get to see them often at all. 

Tomorrow, we have a play date with friends and lunch, followed by a run past my cousin's house to drop K-'s little kid kitchen off (she is happy to donate it to E-, who will be one very soon), then onward to my sister's house for a tea party to make up for the cancellation of K-'s original family cake and ice cream fest. 

Between both, my house will get a cleaning, not that it is really that out of sorts other than some gifts in weird places, as we haven't been her this week to mess it up.  The bathroom, as always, needs a bit of love. 

We're being an old couple and we're locking ourselves in for the weekend.  They'll be lots of fat pants worn (AKA elastic waistband yoga or jogging pants) with games and movies and delicious something-or-anothers for eating.  Hubs' only request when he found that we weren't otherwise obligated was, "Can we just stay home?"  Absolutely! 

So here's to hoping that all of you have a wonderful weekend and a grand new year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The computer ate a worm.

I've been out trying to save my computer.  It ate a worm.  And some virus'.  And some other funky stuff.

Thank goodness we pay for virus protection that proved to be rather ineffective.

The worm was trouncing through the operating system and Hubs reported the other day that the volume control on the monitor came on itself and was operating by itself and that we have several drives that no longer worked.

Not good.

I've spent the last few days running the Microsoft Safety Scan, the Avast protection that we buy but reported "no immediate threats found" and reinstalling Ad-aware and running that.  Hours and hours of scanning has proved that Ad-aware (hooray!) picked, pulled and saved our illin' computer.  Hubs was able to uninstall and reinstall one of the drives that went out and he will be on the hunt for the others.

Y'all, it got ugly.  We were walking the line of losing all.  I still have the 11,000 photos on the computer from the reclaim this fall.  (Deleting printer program to install a new one also took the photo program with it and left my photos hanging in some mysterious cloud in my computer.)

I can tell you that one day when we grow up and buy a new computer (no time soon at all), we'll be buying a Mac.  This virus, trojan and infectation crap with the computer is the pits. 

On a sunshiny note, we had a grand Christmas, went to a lovely service and even landed at home at 5 PM to have more than enough time to decompress and spend time with each other. 

Now if you'll pardon me, after holiday retail awaits.  People want their stuff.  They want it half price.  Surprisingly, some still expect it gift wrapped. 

I don't think so.

Have a great, worm-free day!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A wonderful day!

To each and everyone, 

A very Merry Christmas!


The Bailey's Leaf Family