I'm baaaaack

Thursday, February 3, 2011

On the way home the other night, I stopped and explained my computer woes to Assistant Manager, Jim, at my neighborhood Staples. I told him that it was SUPER UPER DUPER slow in loading pages and when it finally did and I was in the middle of doing something, an ad would pop up asking me if I wanted to "take advantage of all the money making opportunities that were available through Google!" When I would go to my task manager to close it, it would close any other page I had open, too and I would lose anything I was working on.

I asked him if I could just install Norton and see if that would remove the virus.

No, not THAT Norton!

I had always used Norton before and it never let me down. However, my employer offered me McAfee for FREE and you all know how seduced I am by FREE . Well, this time it came back to bite me in the ass.

"No, sorry," Assistant Manager Jim said, "it sounds like your system is probably too far gone already. You would need to bring it in to have us remove the virus."

Well, I wasn't about to put that kind of money into an older computer so I thanked him and spend the next few days at work shopping around for a new computer.

Don't judge me. I still got my work done. Sort of...

I debated between a laptop and desktop but when it comes down to it, I'm really a desktop gal. I HATE typing on a laptop. HATE IT.

So then I narrowed it down to Dell or HP and I found an HP that I really like. Oh boy! And it had a webcam so I could record stuff and post it for you guys. I didn't like the thought of spending a chunk of my income tax refund on it but I was excited to be getting a new computer and I had totally justified the cost in my head anyway.

Then I read over your comments (I can see them via Stat Counter at work but I can't log in to my blog) and Simply Suthern had suggested restoring to an earlier date.

I hadn't tried that! I hadn't even thought of that. I could kiss him! Don't worry, I would let you all watch...

So last night, I came home and started my computer in safe mode and went to a date last week when my computer was functioning fine.

No luck.

It still just sat and sat and sat some more and it was impossible to get it to do anything. So I turned it off and tried restarting it again.

Same thing.

Crap! I just had this feeling that if I could remove the current anti-virus and download Norton, that it would work. And if it didn't, I had only spent 40 bucks on the Norton download.

THREE HOURS LATER...I was able to remove the McAfee and start the download for the Norton. I was so happy and I had such a good feeling that this was going to work!

50% downloaded.......

65% downloaded.........

80% downloaded...........

Yes! C'mon, baby. Mommy can use the extra money on new shoes and liquor...

95% downloaded.............

C'mon. C'mon. C'mon. C'mon.

I looked at the clock and it was almost 12:30AM. I was tired but feeling pumped, too.

98% downloaded...............

I held my breath................

"How would you like to make millions with Google?"


Well, fuc# me, that didn't work.

I went to sleep and tried again the next night. And guess what?


It removed whatever the heck kind of virus was on here. Yay, Norton!

So, what's the lesson here friends?

Buyer beware? Well, that doesn't really apply.

I know! There's one thing all you free stuff whores like me need to keep in mind.

Sometimes you get what you (don't) pay for.


  1. I use AVG free virus program for 4 years now, and it never let me down.

  2. I also use AVG and I love it so much that I could make love to it except not really because that's scary. Anyway, glad you're back, you were missed!

  3. DANNNNNNG, I knew I should have gotten the kiss before you tried it.

  4. @R. Jacob,
    I actually did try AVG to see if that would work but it didn't. Kind of anti-climactic to the story.

    Yeah, scary Chicka! Thanks, good to be back online!

    @Simply Suthern,
    Here's your virtual kiss. mmmmmmmuuuuuuuaaaahhhh!

  5. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, Chrissy!

    I am soooooo happy to hear you were able to remove the virus with Norton! You GO, girl!

    I too have used free AVG for YEARS, and it's never let me down. In fact, it has caught every single virus that tried to invade my computer and got rid of it, pronto! But, I guess every situation is different.

    Anyway, I'm glad to here you had success! And listen, if you ever do decide to get a new computer, I have two HP's and love them. They last forever.


  6. I dare say I don't have an anti virus. I hear they're not needed with a Mac. I love my computer (long time). But the day I dropped a cup of coffee on my laptop my heart stopped. No anti virus coulda protected my beloved laptop that day so I feel your pain. Keep that Nortons updated sister, and keep on blogging! Oh and keep the liquids far-far away!

  7. That's what you get for surfing pron. Glad you're back. I kinda missed you. But I'm remaining aloof and unavailable. ;)

  8. I used AVG free, but something unpleasant slipped past it recently, and I had to rebuild. I upgraded to their pay version, which includes something to block these new nasties, and it's been rock-solid ever since. But no new PC? No webcam?! DAMN!

  9. Hey, cool to have you back, pretty as always andf virus-free! I tagged you on my blog for a 19-question survey/interview. If you're willing, just copy the questions and answer them. If that's not your cup of tea, no sweat, at least, it gave me the opportunity to talk about your blog a little! Looking forward to – maybe – reading your answers.

  10. Just stopping by from Journey & Adventure. Love your blog.

    I used to purchase McAfee until I found out one day that my computer was riddled with viruses and McAfee support just told me "If you surf internet you get virus." Well, why am I paying for your software then you moron? So I switched to Norton and so far so good.

    I'm glad you were able to fix your computer, why buy a new one if you don't have to?

  11. Oh, man, I hate computer problems. I'm pretty patient when it comes to people, but when a machine doesn't behave the way I want it to, I could take a friggin' hammer to it. Fortunately, my man's a computer geek, which in prestigious boyfriend occupations is right up there with mechanic and plastic surgeon.

  12. I'm surprised a stripper would pass on a lap top.

  13. christopher
    That line is brilliant. I am ashamed I didn't think of it!

  14. @Darling Nikki,
    I heard that about Macs, too. Not ready to switch. I'm more likely to become a lesbian.

    @end transmission,
    I know. You caught me, mr. aloof.

    @Indigo Wrath,
    I still do want that new computer after I spent so much time looking at them. Maybe later this year.

  15. @Dieter,
    Thanks, it's good to be back. Thanks for the tag. I'll post my answers this week.

    Hi! Thanks for coming over to visit. Yes, I was really disappointed with McAfee. We use it at work which I suppose explains all the problems we have.

    @Vegas Linda Lou,
    You did hit the boyfriend occupation jackpot. Sorry, no Vegas reference intended!

    @Christopher Zimmerman,
    Yes, I agree with R. Jacob. Brilliant!


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