"Fixing" Dad's computer

It’s hosed.  Spyware, etc.

11:00 AM:  I’m booting into Safe Mode to see if I can stop some stuff from starting up when we boot up, again.  This is going to need a serious cleaner (but more likely a format and restore.)

My Windows skills aren’t great, since I’ve been using a Mac for about 5 years, now.

11:15 AM:  Found something called MalwareBytes’ and installed it.  Started it and let it update.  When I started a scan, it crapped out and died.  Not a good sign.

11:20 AM:  Back into Safe Mode, uninstalled MWB and reinstalled, started a scan.  So far, so good.  Definitely need to stay in SM until things start to defog.

11:58 AM:  111 files found infected.  Ran the quarentine.  Restarting back into Normal Mode.

 

Falling asleep at the wheel (no, really- I fell asleep at the wheel of my car)

Ten years ago, when I told the story of my Subaru’s demise, I sort of left something out.  In my account of crashing the Subaru, I sort of left out the part where I fell asleep at the wheel.  Since then, I’ve come to learn just how dangerous it is to drive when you’re tired.  If you start to fall asleep or drift or anything of the sort- pull over.  Really, it’s just not worth it.

I was lucky that no one got hurt.  Also, being the kind of guy who buckles up, I was saved from some pretty nasty bumps and bruises.   Just wanted to get that off of my chest.  I feel much better now.

Watch this!

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Lucy was just in my office, goofing around with me.  All of a sudden, she said (not totally clearly), “Watch this!”, and jumped backward onto my futon.  I snapped a picture the next time she did it.  It was pretty cute.  I’ve never heard her say “Watch this.”  I didn’t know that she knew the concept of showing off with a preface.