Just a Note: December 16, 2013

Hello World!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell…as you all probably know if you’ve been following my blog, I’ve been swinging between getting into the Christmas Spirit and working to get Ubuntu to function the way I want it to on Sekhmet.  Today, I was forced to decide to clean my Windows XP of all the junk that I’ve  accumulated after several months of surfing the web.

I discovered that I had a few PUPs on my computer.  I’d probably picked them up the other evening when I was trying to download a PDF through a site or maybe when I was trying to look at a film, don’t really know.  Fact is, somehow, I found that I’d installed “OUTOBOX” and so had a lot of ad crap on my computer that I wasn’t aware of.  The problem wasn’t felt, because I use Mozilla Firefox with an app called “ADBlock Plus” I don’t like Google Chrome, too much publicity and pop-up screens and haven’t used Explorer in years.  But just the same, the stuff was there so I uninstalled the darn thing and then of course I knew I had to get rid of the little malicious bits and pieces that were strewn throughout the computer…including the Registry.

Now, if you’re a careful surfer, and I usually am, you can usually avoid most of this mess.  It usually happens when you try to download a program, look at a streamed film, are looking for drivers and you go to an unofficial site, like Softronics to download it.  So the first thing to learn is don’t download a program from an unofficial site.  You want to get AVG free…go to the AVG web site.  Make sure you’re where you’re supposed to be before you download.  The second thing you do is you don’t just fast click the program you’re trying to install.  Often adware and toolbars and other nice things are attached to the installation program, they tell you it’s there though if they’re honest, so all you have to do is uncheck the stuff.

Be careful where you go when you’re surfing the web.  Those cute little ring tones for example are very often an invitation to have your computer spattered with junk…and I don’t think I have to tell you about “adult sites”.  Believe me you can have all the anti-virus and firewalls you want, sooner or later you’ll get some junk on your computer.  This stuff just walks past them…one thing I’ve recently read is, that if you have the option you can have your anti-virus block the PUPS. Terrible world we live in folks…poisoned cookies and vicious pups…oh well. Remember though, if your anti-virus slows your computer down too much, it may not be worth the pain, you really can learn to scour your computer with the right products.

I’ve come across a lot of this stuff and sometimes I make a little extra helping people get their systems up and running after they’ve had a bit of viral infection :-).  Yep, I may not be getting along too well with Ubuntu, but I do know my XP and can work really well with Microsoft products!

Some people have come to me with their computer blocked by a big nasty notice:  “You have been found surfing into illegal sites.  Interpol has blocked your computer.  You will have to pay a fine of 100 euro in order to unblock your computer.”  My extemporaneous translation, but more or less that’s the gist.  Other people have downloaded programs to tweak their computer…thought it was too slow…and then couldn’t get it to do anything.  Sometimes they wanted an alternative reader, browser (yes even Firefox), antivirus or whatever and voilà they found themselves with a really cool program that compacted their files and made the originals invisible creating links to open them, that didn’t work.  Oh the things I’ve seen.  And usually all because we are of a trusting ingenuous nature.

So…I found myself with OutoBox this morning as I was saying…after I uninstalled, I went and Googled to find out what it was and most important, how to get rid of the tendrils that were surely in my computer.  This is the “how to” site I went to: PC Infected.Com. Go have a peek clicking the link.  I followed the instructions from 1 to 3…I didn’t download Hitman Pro…and I didn’t Reset my browser (actually Malware Bytes did that partially).

The first two programs took off a bunch of stuff from my computer, and I was thinking that I’d just forego the Malware Bytes program…it had to be installed and wasn’t like the other two that are direct .Exe and didn’t need installation.  I avoid where possible installing these 14 day trail wonders.  Sometimes they tell you what you’ve got and won’t clean up unless you pay.  Yeah…I guess I’m stingy…if I used them for work I’d pay because they are very often worth the money, but for one shot usage…yeah, I guess I’m stingy.  Anyway, this time I decided to try it out and see the results.  This is what it came up with:

screenshotNot bad…a couple of Trojans and a worm a backdoor bot!  I let the program remove the trash.

Surprise!  Firefox, which was becoming very slow of late, is now as quick as a frightened bunny.  Remember, if your browser is getting very slow, you’ve probably got a few pups and poisoned cookies running around, not to talk about Trojan horses and yucky worms!  Go and do a little cleaning.  Throw out the cookies from time to time.  Sure, some of your favorite sites will be slow in opeing, but then you’ll find everything flows like milk and honey (but not so sticky). The really big advantage is you might find that your “New Post” on your editor at WordPress pops up in seconds like it should 😉

Have a nice week folks and hope you enjoyed the post. Ciao Bastet!

Ghazal: Ubuntu

Ghazal

Ubuntu

november 6th

Whatever could I have been thinking about that day
When I dual-booted Ubuntu anyway?

My system is still going strong and I love it
So why change now and use Ubuntu anyway?

One day, I know XP will die out and what then?
At that moment, I’ll have Ubuntu anyway!

Not easy to learn a new system at may age
I’m trying to make it with Ubuntu anyway!

If Bastet should fail in this endeavor
At least she tried Ubuntu anyway.

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Just a note: November 25, 2013

Hello World!

Working

my computer area

I spent Sunday cleaning…my computer!  That’s right, the good old scandisk, defrag etc.  I’ve still got to transfer some files to lighten my Window’s load…but basically everything is running smoother now.  But I didn’t stop at just cleaning up Windows…I’ve added another hard disk to my computer and installed Ubuntu!

The idea was to try the alternative OS out on another computer.  I’ve got a few lying around here which Hubby has restored to proper working order…I just couldn’t decide between an HP portable or dual-core desktop.  In the end, as I don’t have a lot of space here in my computer area and both solutions meant taking up more space, I oped to dual-boot Sekhmet!

I don’t know how your systems work or how old your computers are, but my dear Sekhmet is an older model desktop…one of the first dual cores by Packard Bell and last to be sold with XP inside before Microsoft decided to shove Vista down everyone’s throat…just had a look at the old sale-slip which I still have…Sekhmet became part of my life on November 22, 2006!

Now, in the years that have passed, I’ve complicated my life considerably with my system, which has made re-installation a nightmare at times:  I created a home lan system, and I made our wi-fi connection static, which means if you want to use my wi-fi you must have a tcp address assigned to you as well a knowing the password to connect. Sekhmet doesn’t have a parallel port, so to connect my printer I found a usb parallel port adapter…so my printer doesn’t connect directly to my computer but goes through this adaptor…just to name a couple of strange things I’ve done.  There is one other oddity about Sekhmet.  She doesn’t see any extra hard disks I happen to try to put directly on-line, so I have a 500 gb external disk for storage.

I’d forgotten that last part to tell the truth, so when my feet got really cold thinking of installing the second OS, I called a friend of mine, a fanatical lover of Linux and Ubuntu.  Knowing me, he came over to the house to help me add Ubuntu to my computer.  I’d placed a 320gb HDD to my computer, believe it or not it’s one of the small HDD that you usually find in a portable, and was just getting ready to see if Sekhmet saw it when Matteo arrived.  Sure enough it wasn’t there!

“Turn your computer off, and put the installation disk into the drive, Ubuntu will find it!”

And it did.  He set down behind my keyboard and took over the game.  He installed my wi-fi to Unbutu before even beginning to install…twice because he forgot my system is wi-fi and not wired…then the installation began.  He manually wrote up the “grub” boot sequence and then we set back and had a grappa and coffee.

I’ll tell you now, as we’re waiting for Ubuntu to install, that Matteo was in a big rush.  He was due back home at 3:00 to watch a football game (soccer for your Americans) and it was 2:00.  Everything seemed to go fine.  It was 10 ’til 3 when the last file installed, and so we rebooted to see the dual-boot menu…which wasn’t there!  No access to Windows!  Of course I still have Bastet in XP, so no big problem you’d say, and of course Ubuntu saw the XP HDD’s as well as the external disks.  But…I wanted my Windows, with its printer and all my programs which I already know how to use!  PANIC!

We disconnected the 320 giga…but Windows wouldn’t boot even without the small extra hard disk…the grub had written to Windows!  3:00…the football match was to begin, and here sat Matteo.  We re-connected the 320 giga and he went into Ubuntu and connected into a forum to try to figure out how to solve the problem.  Which after 15 minutes he found, so he used a re-pair program and rewrote (actually cut and pasted the command lines) the grub.  Than, installed an Italian language pack to Ubuntu…as well as a few programs to navigate with (like Flash) grabbed his motorbike helmet and before he ran home said: “call me if you have any problems….don’t update Ubuntu yet, the dual-boot might disappear again…do a scandisk etc with windows…tell me how it goes!” It was now 3:30 and he had a friend waiting for him out in the rain and cold in front of his house.  I invited him and his wife to dinner but I’m not sure he’ll remember the appointment, so I’ll call her today to confirm.

What was the problem…he says there was probably something wrong with my Windows MBR, so that Ubuntu didn’t recognize the other HDD…problem is, it does not only recognize the other HDD but it actually writes to it.  I personally think he forgot something when he wrote the grub…but the important thing is that the dual boot now works and the rest is fuffa!

Well…the storm that is Matteo (his name means, a gift of god, by the way) flew out of my house leaving Hubby and I a little breathless.  Sekhmet now opens to Ubuntu and Windows, from where I’m writing to you at this moment…but…Widows still doesn’t recognize the 320 giga HDD!  I have a lovely 220 gb of free space I can only use through Ubuntu, and I can’t print from Ubuntu because of the strange usb adaptor I have that permits me to get around the missing parallel port.  So to all effects, I now have two computers, in a way…one, Ubuntu can borrow and write to Windows, but not the other way around.

Anyway…now begins the adventure of learning a new OS.  I’m one of those persons who doesn’t really like change when it comes to my Operating System…but one day, in the not too far off future, I know that I’ll have to replace Sekhmet and there will be no XP to fall back to.  So, independence from Microsoft is a goal that I’ve decided to reach asap, before the disaster begins!

As for blogging…well…yesterday I got nothing done at all!  After breakfast I started this crazy project.  I’d intended to go to the Christmas Market down in Arco, take some photos and do some shopping, but it was raining and cold…depressing really.  When I’m blue, I usually try to find something to distract me…yesterday was this renovation.  Unfortunately, I now have 423 notifications to wade through…actually some go back as far as the 18th of November!  I may chuck the older stuff.

Now, I’ve got to run along and try to post something for my readers and myself…for the moment from Windows, but I hope to figure out how Ubuntu works out and will tell you about this new adventure in future…promises to be interesting!

Ciao….Bastet!

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