Yesterday was a very bad physical day for me: I had a sore place on my bum and it was itching so much it burned. Why? Not sure, but both Carlos and I believe it was a spider bite of some sort. All I know is that my stomach was not happy with anything that placed in it and my arthritis kicked into over-drive for no clear weather-related reason. It sure was a fun day for me.
As you can probably tell, today is a better day for me physically. When your body is upset with you, well, you are just upset all over so, today there has been no vomiting and the place on my bum still itches and burns, but I feel better and have been able to do things. I have even done important things like walk the dog and handle a computer virus with the help of Marine and Cheyenne.
It was quite shocking to turn on the computer and in large letters see FBI CYBER CRIMES DIVISION and the words: YOUR COMPUTER IS LOCKED! Great. What did I do? This was my first thought, of course. As I read the entire page to look for a number to contact the FBI and get the matter taken care of – supposedly I was sharing porn and zoophilia – there was a note saying that I had a fine of $300 to pay, and, once paid, the lock on my computer would be taken off. ??What?? That just didn’t sound right, so I called the FBI in Louisville and told me, of course, I had a virus. The FBI agent on the line said, “What does it say you did?” I told her and she sighed. “Yes, this is a scam. We are looking into it,” she said, and when I asked if she any suggestions for getting it fixed she told me to take it to a computer shop.
Right, take my computer to a shop and give someone I do not know access to my life and all of my words – there are a number of them – and trust they will leave everything alone except for my problem? Nope, not
happening. This left only one recourse: Call in the cavalry! This meant calling in the computer guru, Marine, and the-man-of-many-computer-talents, Cheyenne. As you can tell, between them my computer works wonderfully again and is even safer than before!
I have always been a computer geek, or nerd, – I am never sure what I am anymore with the way the definitions and connotations change – and was on the wave when personal computers came into being. I learned how to program in BASIC and then got into HTML, XHTML, and the World Wide Web and felt free. My little office with its computer, screen, and “attachments” J gave me a whole new view on the world. Not only did I roam the Internet and Web, but shopped and researched for my stories right from the office.
The computer really is an everyday tool for me. When it isn’t in use as a word processor, it is entertainment; and, when it isn’t entertainment, it is a fact gathering tool for local clubs, the library and the world at large. Why must people come into my little office of a world and screw around by giving me viruses and bad things?
- Here’s why your computer slows down over time, and how you can fix it… (businessinsider.com)
- FBI warns tech users of MoneyPak virus (fox23news.com)
- Caught by the FBI? Do Not Fall for the Illegal Websites Hoax (myths.answers.com)