Me of Little Faith

So I’m trying to figure out how to add a “Featured Posts” widget to this blog…and blowing up everything in sight as a result. That’s probably in no small part related to my near complete and total WordPress ignorance. Need me to do anything beyond type in some words and maybe add a picture? Hello, Disaster!

ebola virus image

Looking at this image of the ebola virus makes me feel better about my computer virus(es).

Even the thought of changing the the look and feel of this blog – something I very much would like to do one of these days – fills me with a paralyzing fear.  It’s not that it couldn’t be done, it’s just that it’s extraordinarily unlikely to be successfully done by me. Hell, every time I get an email from my host informing me that they’ll be doing an update to my server, I feel a little bit like puking.

It doesn’t help that I’m murder on computers themselves, either. Currently the one I’m writing you from has the blog looking like a total disaster. Happily, that’s not the case out in the “real” world, just the little electronic bubble I live in. If it isn’t the internet, it’s the functionality: my MacBook made it about four days beyond its warranty before it decided to go crazy. My backup (and two years newer) PC isn’t doing much better.

Case in point: my recent infection with a (variety of?) virus and malware stuff. I don’t know how this happened except that I think using a Mac for a while made me forgot how easily PCs get infected. Maybe it’s expressly my fault, but I’ve decided to blame the universe in more of a “that’s how the cookie crumbles” shoulder shrug kind of way.

Intriguing. The cold virus looks far more menacing than deadly Mr. Ebola over there.

Anyway, as far as my issues, I have two things plaguing me simultaneously: sometimes I am headed for a page – say, AirBNB – and my computer sends me to some other web page (semi-related, oddly enough) like Homeaway instead. I hit “back,” try it again, and everything is fine. In other words, I’ve gotten to used to it.

The other new “feature” (virus) is a small box in the corner of my open web pages that features a VERY annoying (gets in my way on purpose) ad trying to sell me US Citizenship or dating services or a Samsung Galaxy phone. “Why?” you might ask. Beats the hell out of me. Again: cookie, crumble, c’est la vie, can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, etc..

Don’t get me wrong; I’ve tried to fix this. Antivirus software is already installed on this computer. In fact, McAfee was running when the whole mess started. (Chances that I will renew my McAfee subscription now: zero.) I’ve done countless Google searches – “Annoying ad on bottom of webpage trying to sell me a partner tracker or a free dictionary toolbar…sometimes” – without much success.

I’ve read geek blogs and nerd rants and discussion pages I could barely understand. I’ve downloaded Spybot Search and Destroy, TDSS Killer, MalwareBytes, RKill, and a funny kitten video from YouTube. Nothing works.

I throw in the towel. I may as well just go ahead and apply for US Citizenship and “Ask Tech Support Now!” (the ad taunting me currently).

I surrender, annoying ad box occasionally taunting me from the corner of my webpage.

The terrorists have won.


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4 Responses to “Me of Little Faith”

  1. Frothy Afterbirth

    Change to an even better anti-virus like NOD32, Avast, or Avira? IMO, Norton and McAfee are in the middle of the road. Stop using IE.

  2. wideawakeinwonderland

    Probably not so good that I’m writing this from Explorer right now…but I will look into these remedies. THANK YOU!

  3. J

    It sounds like the problem might be beyond repair. But If you have tried all or the products you mentioned, you might want to run them again in windows safe mode. Malware/adware/spyware often reside as active processes in your memory and when they detect AntiVirus deleting them they simply reinstall themselves again. Safe mode only loads the minimum amount of programs which often lets AntiVirus kill the infection. I would run several scans with different products. Then start Windows normally and run the AntiVirus programs again. If that does not work you may have to reinstall your entire operating system.

  4. wideawakeinwonderland

    Holy crap.
    There’s really such a thing as a virus situation that’s “beyond repair”?
    Somehow I thought every (computer) illness had a cure.

    “New computer” looms large on the ‘too be bought once I’ve fed and housed myself and the animals and have anything left to spare” list.