In my last posting, I mentioned my computer had been violated and that even with all my efforts, it was running too slow and had been irreparably damaged. Took it over to Refresh Computers to have a look. They ran the full registry check and found evidence of hosts of bad programmers (all sorts of snarls and snags down there from years of installs and uninstalls). Still, even with all that cleanup, it wasn’t enough. I gave the order, turned and walked out (like someone dropping their pet off to be euthanized).
However, got it back and she’s running as sweet as out of the box. At their recommendation, I went over to Malwarebytes Pro instead of Norton. I also installed the newer version of Office (my work got me a sweet deal on that, and I’d used it already on my tinytop). Yeah, a lot of the things I had I lost. But still, it’s the same as cleaning out your closest. You wonder how you could live without these things until you realize that its been years since you looked at them last and why would you need to keep them around? A lot of those games I let slide – I’ll not miss them. Everything I needed, I pulled down from Mozy (my offsite backup service).
There are still a few things to do to get things right. I can’t find the disk for Oasis, a really sharp little game, so I’ll be borrowing that from a friend. And I’ve got to get back to my publishing work, and writing for Your Health Choice.
But I’m back. And like any adventure, it’s nice to reflect on it – after it’s over.