After wrestling with trying to get Google Chrome to reinstall for me after a spontaneous MSE notification caused it to close out and be removed from my system, I happen to run across the following:
On September 30th, 2011, an incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified and as a result, Google Chrome was inadvertently blocked and in some cases removed from customers’ PCs. We have already fixed the issue — we released an updated signature (1.113.672.0) at 9:57 a.m. PDT — but approximately 3,000 customers were impacted. Affected customers should manually update Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) with the latest signatures. To do this, simply launch MSE, go to the update tab and click the Update button, and then reinstall Google Chrome. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused our customers.Microsoft
You have no idea how frustrating it is to come into work in the morning and see a bright blue login screen from a recent restart from updating Windows that I didn’t initiate. I’ve put off running Windows Updates because it is so frequent that you want me to do it, that it’s absolutely annoying. If I had wanted to install the updates that you decided that I absolutely needed, I would have done so myself. I don’t appreciate one bit you trying to keep my computer up-to-date and secure. You remind me alot of Washington, passing laws to help keep me safe when I’m not even afraid at all of terrorists, etc.
The reason for my aggravation? I leave items up in Adobe Photoshop as I’m working, notepads, wordpads, etc. of things that I’ve scratched down, either ideas or just temporary notes, that I now no longer have.
I’m not exactly sure when or why, although I have my suspicions of links in emails being clicked, but my computer has been hit with malware once again. It’s been turning off my Windows Live OneCare and giving me occasional popups in FireFox. I really wish I was skilled enough to scan through the report logs and clean it myself, but right now I’ve got a HijackThis log posted on CyberTechHelp, and have already done their first followup post of cleaning various things, temporary internet files, delete index.dat files, history, temporary files, memory dumps, etc., and have ran ComboFix and posted the log files back to them for a fresher look. I’ve got about a half hour in on it so far, so I figure another half hour and it should be cleaned up. Not a ton of time involved really, but it’s just annoying.
Dropbox is software that syncs your files online with other computers that you’ve installed Dropbox on. Along w/ the sync, is file sharing to people you invite to specific folders or albums, online backup to their servers, and best of all, the ability to undo changes or even undelete files.
I’ve had a Dropbox account for a while now, and really enjoy using it to transfer some of my personal files between my work PC and mine at home. I used to use my flash drive for all of that, but it pretty much stays at home now. Which I actually prefer, because I was always afraid I would end up dropping it somewhere while getting something out of my pocket and not realize it.
My new 2GB worth of RAM came from Crucial today and I didn’t waste any time installing it. I think it actually took more time to plug everything back into the back of the computer than it did to install the RAM.
Computer memory came up at work this week and got me a little curious about mine here at home. My desktop at home would probably be considered out of date compared to the new PCs that are out now. I’m one that usually multitasks alot and uses multiple memory hogs at a time, ie. Photoshop CS2. Even so, I figured upgrading the memory would be a cheap and easy improvement, especially when I noticed that I only currently have 512MB.
I used the system scanner that Crucial offers to determine exact upgrades that should match my PC without any problems. It scans your computer and shows you what your current system configuration is as well as recommended upgrades. I ended up picking up an additional 2GB for a little under $40 total after shipping and sales tax.
According to the Baylor Conficker Eye Chart, my computers at home and work both are free of Conficker. It’s funny how much media attention this received back before the first of the month and afterwords almost nothing at all. I just happened to stumble upon this while surfing the net rather than seeing it broadcasted on the news or whatnot.
Lately, my computer has had a really bad case of humming loudly and nonstop. Loud enough that to listen to music you have to turn the volume up over the sound of the fan. Loud enough that if I don’t shut it down before I go to bed, I can lay in my room and hear it hum.
This afternoon I took the time to open it up and clean it out w/ a can of compressed air. I was very surprised at how the dust had caked up so bad on the backside of the computer. Not to mention how bad the inside had looked.
These pictures show exactly why it was so loud and why the fan ran constantly. I guess I could be ashamed to show how bad it was, but maybe it’ll help remind someone to clean out the dust bunnies.
I absolutely hate having to redo work due to program errors. I’ve had the following Runtime Error 5 times today so far, and it’s making it impossible to get things done.
The error might as well have looked like this:
The vision to see, the faith to believe, and the will to do will take you anywhere you want to go. —