Today’s Another Day

 Posted by at 12:24 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 152017

Yesterday was rather frustrating for me. Oh, who am I kidding? Let me correct that; yesterday was darned frustrating for me!

I had planned to work on my new John Lee Quarrels book, but my computer didn’t like that idea and chose not to cooperate. For a while now it’s been running slow, not opening files when I want it to unless I click on them two or three times, and when typing in Word or using the Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation software, characters appear on the screen one at a time with a pause between each one, instead of as words or a string of words. Opening anything on the Internet is painfully slow, no matter what browser I am using. Then, sometime in mid-afternoon I got a big red pop-up on the screen saying that my computer had been compromised and I needed to let a tech from Windows take control of it to fix the problems.

I knew that was an attempt to stick it to me, so I shut the computer down completely and called my buddy Greg White, who knows more about computers and everything else in the world than I will ever hope to.

Greg confirmed that the pop-up was just a scam making an attempt to rip me off, which I already knew. Then we addressed the problems the computer has been having lately. I always run AVG Antivirus in the background, but just to be sure I did a whole computer scan, which showed nothing wrong in terms of viruses and things like that.

Then Greg had me run CCleaner a couple of times, and then Glary Utilities. They both found a lot of junk files, temporary Internet files, and things like that. Following Greg’s advice, I ran both CCleaner and Glary twice, rebooting the computer after each one. I also ran Super AntiSpyware.

It took several hours to do all of it, but it was worth it. All of those programs found and repaired different problems, and the computer seems to be working much better. It is about four years old, and sooner or later I know it will be time to replace it, but hopefully by cleaning it out and running these programs on a regular basis, and rebooting it every day or so, I can keep it functioning for a while longer.

The long and short of it was that I didn’t get much writing done. Wednesday, when I started the new book, I cranked out about 4,100 words. But yesterday I only managed to get 350 words in, which is not enough to even say I accomplished anything. Oh well, today’s another day.

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Nick Russell

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  6 Responses to “Today’s Another Day”

  1. Instead of using one computer for Internet and the same computer to write your book why not have two computers one online for research and one off-line standalone for doing your book s
    That way the standalone will never get a virus and trip you up

  2. You need to get PCMatic. It’s an American and always ranks at the top of security, anti virus programs. It’s not free but what it all your data worth to you ?? I used to run Kaperski but always worried about a security program from a Russian company. I have not had a single problem with PCMatic and their support is the best !!! You can get a lifetime subscription for PCMatic good for 3 computers for about $150 and then never have to worry about it.

  3. I use AVAST free anti-virus & it does a pretty good job. Still, I like to run CCleaner every so often to clean out the junk, both in the files and the registry. The Chrome browser seems to need to be cleaned out through settings. I like to run the free Malwarebytes as well. If I suspect a problem I’ll run Super Anti-Spyware and Spybot Search & Destroy too. No one program gets everything. You say it took a long time to run the cleaning programs….when you do it regularly it doesn’t take nearly as long.

  4. I’ve got a chime back in here
    The problem with any anti-virus software if you load antivirus software on your computer Monday morning as somebody comes out with a new proved virus on Tuesday the software you uploaded Monday won’t recognize Tuesday’s new improved virus
    If you’re running any windows software You ARE the proverbial Bullseye for a virus

  5. You know I just re-read all the last post
    It sure is amazing that Anyone get to enjoy their computer
    And this list is only from two people
    PC magic/kaperski /Avast /C cleaner/ Melwarebytes. /Super anti-spyware search and destroy,,,,, and that’s only six
    Ten years on my Mac and NOT ONE virus thank you Macintosh

  6. My computer is much older than that! So far it’s hanging in there, although I’ve had a couple of bad hangups that I managed to sort out. It had to go to computer hospital after the last Windows update though. :/ I figure any day I can get words on paper is a good one, even if it’s not thousands.

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