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Sun, Aug. 1st, 2004, 08:59 pm
Family PC problems are not the source of my non-happies, FYI.

Alright, so I didn't enjoy the weekend. In fact, I didn't enjoy it in the slightest. It was terrible.

On another note, I've been trying to recover my dear ol' dad's computer. It suffers from several trojans, viruses, hundreds of spyware, and other problems. I installed Mozilla Firefox so he can actually use the Internet, Kerio Personal Firewall from stopping anything else from getting in, StatBar to give us a better idea of what's going on in there, and Ad-Aware to actually clean out a bunch of the gunk. Tomorrow, I'm going to give the thing another run through Housecall.

*Beats the whole family* Can't even take care of a computer on dial-up?! Aaaargh! XO

Sun, Aug. 1st, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
gomanfox

Seems like all those problems are a -lot- more common now than they used to be. I never had problems with spyware or anything back when I first got my cable modem, but now I keep getting crap on my computer without even -doing- anything, and it's all stuff that Ad-Aware doesn't do a damn thing about. Stupid progams.

Why not just reformat the thing instead of going through all that hassle to get rid of the hundreds of things plaguing it?

Sun, Aug. 1st, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
makzu

Because, by the time he's able to download the endless cavalcade of updates for Windows, the system will be totally hosed again. Not much fun. :/

Although, the firewall would more'n likely prevent too many problems.

Sun, Aug. 1st, 2004 11:58 pm (UTC)
masstreble: System upkeep? Oh crap! Get out of there!

I sure hope so! Many thanks for introducing me to Kerio Personal Firewall -- very handy tool!

Mon, Aug. 2nd, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
masstreble: Personal firewalls: Finally, a personal wall of fire!

Talk to Makzu about that problem! Kerio Personal Firewall is invaluable on your kind of connections.

I wish I had it when I first got on campus. - _-

Wed, Aug. 4th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC)
yaoi_vixen_boi

That's when you download spybot
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
That takes care of the shizzle that ad-aware doesn't, but it runs slower when there's a lot of stuff to search through, so I advise using ad-aware first, and then upon completion, use Spybot - Search and Destroy, to get rid of the rest of the junk on your computer.

Sun, Aug. 1st, 2004 10:27 pm (UTC)
guido_jacobs: aww, poor sam

I hope everything goes well for you, good luck

Sun, Aug. 1st, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Thanks!

Yeah, I'm hoping things will get better in the next week. I should hook up with David and waste(?) an evening or two doing fun stuff.

Mon, Aug. 2nd, 2004 12:01 am (UTC)
guido_jacobs: Re: Thanks!

you only waste evenings doing things like chores, everyone knows that! lol I'm going to be doing fun stuff for three weeks straight down in Iowa, so I'll have plenty of experience in the matter when we're finished

Mon, Aug. 2nd, 2004 06:27 am (UTC)
ravenworks

I spent hours this weekend cleaning that taskbar search thing out... it took, like, four seperate programs to do the entire job, and I was only able to do it at *all* because I found a tutorial x.x;

Mon, Aug. 2nd, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)
masstreble: ???

Taskbar searchbar thing? Elaborate!

Wed, Aug. 4th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
yaoi_vixen_boi: Re: ???

down near your start menu, you can have on the "taskbar" a little search menu. Well like your internet explorer/mozilla/navigator, it builds up a history... only it's a little harder to empty this one.