Friday, November 27, 2009

Will I Ever Learn?

It has been a very long time since I had a virus on my computer. I got a doozy yesterday. It took over everything, including my anti-virus program. I was going to reformat the hard drive but luckily John had the CD for the newer version of our anti-virus software of choice, System Suite, and suggested trying that first. He put in the disc with the idea of just installing the new version. The disc allowed him to reset my computer to the latest restore point, created last week. It appears that all I lost were the letters I transcribed during the week. It being a very busy week, there weren't that many.

Lessons learned?
  • I will never click on a "tiny url" again. If when I mouse over a link, it does not show me where the link will take me, I do not want to go there!
  • I never open attachments that I am not expecting. This is the first time I've gotten a virus simply by clicking on a link. I will be much more careful in the future!
  • Monthly backups are good. Weekly backups are better!
  • Virus scans go much more quickly if your computer is not full of junk you do not need!
Today I will spend time backing things up and deleting everything I don't use or need. Then I plan to hold to tradition and put up my Christmas tree. I'll work at getting back on here sometime over the weekend.


FranE said...

How scary. Glad it was a minor scrape for you. I will take a hint from your lesson and be careful of twitter.

Greta Koehl said...

Sorry to hear this happened. I have been terrible about backing up, but finally started doing so on November 1. Looks like I should also seriously think about weekly backups.