Sometimes I think I should have a warning label, something that will keep me from doing things I shouldn’t do and creating near disasters. Last night I was searching around the web for lightbulbs. I know, it sounds innocuous enough and it actually was going along just fine for a while. I needed those little things that are used for under cabinet lights. I’d already tried to find them at Lowe’s, but, apparently they don’t believe that they should have to carry replacement bulbs for light fixtures they sell. My web search went well, I found what I needed, placed my order and started looking around for some videos I wanted to watch.
That’s when everything blew up. I had stepped into a trap set by those pesky little hacker people who have nothing better to do than mess with our computers. This particular virus managed to hijack Google, Bing, Ask – well every search engine that one would normally rely on. It installed its’ own search site, left me with an unwanted toolbar and a feeling of panic like none I had experienced in a long time. As everything was now under the control of these cyber terrorists, I went to our laptop to find out how to kill this virus. I found that I wasn’t the first one to have been invaded, and that the remedy was going to take some time – a lot of time – I’m talking about six hours here.
I found a site with six pages of instructions on what to do with these monsters. It wasn’t a matter of simply downloading additional spyware, adware, malware, all kinds of ware. No, I had to tinker around under the hood with things like string values, default settings and Windows’ recovery settings. By 2AM on Saturday, I had finally wiped out any traces of the demons, and was actually able to sign back on without some nasty little websites and advertisments staring back at me.
I’m pretty certain that I brought much of this on myself. There were probably little warnings from my internet security software that I chose to ignore. I may have to install something that protects me from myself – like one of those blockers that parents put on computers to keep their children out of harm’s way. I’d like to think I learned my lesson, but you never know. As I was writing this, and still feeling more than a little angry and embarrassed, I happened to look out of the window. I’m sharing what I saw, to help you understand how I could suddenly put this whole mess into perspective and make light of it, and me. It really was hard to take myself or a stupid computer problem too seriously when the rest of the world looked this good. Even this post took a little longer because playing with the dogs and their sticks and their toys seemed much more important than writing.
I did manage to find a little video that I thought you’d enjoy. It’s a couple of years old and some of you may have already seen it. It’s a reenactment of the “I’m up here, you’re down there” showdown between Kelly Bensimon and Bethenny Frankel, with Andy Cohen playing the part of Bethenny and Stephen Colbert as Kelly. I can safely say that it didn’t come from a site that wanted to invade the Farm.
By the way, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg got married Saturday – the young man’s had a busy week.
Have a peaceful and (hopefully) trouble free Sunday,