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02 September 2003 @ 10:10 pm
freaky computer  
I am about ready to tap the imaginary funds I do not fucking have and just give in and buy a whole new computer. Tonight, when I log on, my home PC is giving me weird DOS debugging windows, throwing AOL error messages (I haven't used their bastard service for four years, but apparently I'm not allowed to remove their shortcut from my desktop, the fucking satanic fucks), and dialing up my ISP *automatically* in some weird poltergeisty display of autonomy--*AND* something has fucked with Netscape so that I can't use that instead of IE to avoid pop-ups. It has always worked fine but now locks up and chokes on itself.

I fear change.

P.S., if I ever appear to have a weird psychotic break and start e-mailing death threats (which I first typed as "death pets" and then "death threads") to people and posting here about my passionate, carnal love of gophers, it will be because some hacker has shadowed my password entry and gone wild with my e-mail and journal.

Yes, thanks, I *am* at the height of my paranoia. Plus, I'm too freaked out to think of any creative expression for my rage. Variations of "fuck" are all I can utter. I think I should have worked "uncle-fuckers" in there somewhere.
Current Mood: nauseated, jittery
sheila: lilomimesere on September 2nd, 2003 10:19 pm (UTC)
*giving you hugs and cuddles*
twistedchick on September 2nd, 2003 10:20 pm (UTC)
Netscape got screwed up somehow on my computer way over a year ago, maybe two years. I downloaded Mozilla (free) and have been using it; it has the same kind of functionality but way fewer headaches. If it's possible for you to do that, I'd suggest it.

Just a thought.
Sue Donym: suedonym_niptucksue_donym on September 2nd, 2003 10:44 pm (UTC)
My sphere of hate is expanding in order to encompass whatever or whomever caused this.

But? A lot of places ARE offering good deals on new computers. Have you checked out Dell's refurbished outlet?
Jane Bluestockingj_bluestocking on September 2nd, 2003 10:59 pm (UTC)
Do you know any techies who could come and de-voodoo your computer? It would probably be cheaper than than a new one. Can we assume that copying your personal stuff, wiping the hard drive, and re-installing everything -- time-consuming though that would be -- would do the trick? Or is your computer now committed to being a pawn of Satan?
Caille: shirleycaille on September 3rd, 2003 01:40 am (UTC)
I'm with koi on this one. If you can scrape together any funds at all, it seems like it might be worth it to bring in a trustworthy techie. If it works, it would be cheaper than a new computer. And at the very least, the techie might be able to explain to you how it all went to hell, and what preparations you can make for the new machine to guard against a similar nightmare. (Like recommended spyware, security settings, registry back-up and other stuff that I am dimly aware might be out there but which I have not yet investigated very well myself.)
Destinadestina on September 2nd, 2003 11:09 pm (UTC)
Ah-HA! I always suspected that thing about you and the gophers. *nods sagely*

Here's hoping that you're able to get this resolved somehow. Nothing is more anxiety-producing, to me, than computer problems. Soooo much empathy for you. *offers hugs of support*
Sandrawolflady26 on September 3rd, 2003 12:04 am (UTC)
Sorry about all the trouble with your computer.

But the idea of emailing people "death pets" really tickled me! :D
Sammy: handlittlesammy on September 3rd, 2003 12:22 am (UTC)
and dialing up my ISP *automatically*

Not good! That is usually a thing viruses, trojans or worms do. Go to F-Prot, they have a free virus scanner (the DOS version) which is very reliable and gets almost everything. (Just remember to download the latest virus definitions, too.) If you have a boot disk, boot from that to DOS only, then run the scanner.
Merry: lancestrangemerryish on September 3rd, 2003 01:20 am (UTC)


(...you know you want it!)

The Resa: Pensivethe_resa_ii on September 3rd, 2003 05:31 am (UTC)
My offer to help stands...

I do the phone support thingy for the publishing house I freelance for and I have time to spare. We could do it by email using screen shots.


The Resa
Malkin Greymalkingrey on September 3rd, 2003 06:34 am (UTC)
Enlisting the aid of a techie is probably a good idea. But I'd also start backing up all my files and saving up on the cost of a new CPU (if your keyboard and monitor are still OK, you probably don't need to buy an entire new system unless you can get a better deal that way), since once elderly computers start coming down with fits of random wonkiness there's no telling how much longer they're going to last. Could be years (I had a Packard Bell 486 that went through two fans, two hard drives, and a new power supply, not to mention assorte memory and chip upgrades, and it was running Windows 98 and still chugging along when I finally handed it over to the kids) or it could be next week (Himself's IBM Aptiva did the suddenly-I'm-a-paperweight trick on him twice, with two different motherboards.)
Herself_nycherself_nyc on September 3rd, 2003 08:15 am (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear this.

Although I'll also whisper in your ear: if it comes down to buying a new computer, go iMac or eMac. Nobody bothers writing viruses and worms for them, you can avoid a lot of Microshit software altogether (although not Office, sadly), and they're just generally easier.
(Anonymous) on September 3rd, 2003 06:39 pm (UTC)
hey, have you checked that your PC doesn't just have one of the viruses that've been going around?

like this one perhaps? http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/blast.asp

(Anonymous) on September 4th, 2003 11:07 am (UTC)
Don't know that it'll help with the nausea and rage, but your story is apparently one that's becoming common enough that it made the lead article for this week's Circuits section in the New York Times. You're not alone out there -- as if that were any comfort.

Nobody wants to hear this, but it is true that we Mac users don't have this kind of problem. We do have the problems associated with being a holdout minority in the Microsoft imperium, though . . .