Sunday, November 06, 2011
Last evening I ran into a little trouble again. My sister-in-law (the BW’s youngest sister of three) sent us two e-mails with no message but for a link. The first one sounded like a dating site, and I assumed she was looking for a possible husband #4, and after a little consideration I clicked on the link. I immediately got a message from MSE that there was a problem – and I sat and stared at it for a little while before I decided that the only thing to do was start a complete system scan, using MSE since it had given the first warning.
The result of that scan was three viruses – Trojan: JS/Redirector.HQ caught at 7:44, 7:58, and 9:33. I don’t know where the one at 9:33 was, but maybe the first two detections were the same problem.
Anyhow, I had disconnected the external hard drive before starting, and after MSE finished and I deleted the three detections, I ran another complete system scan with AVG. It didn’t find anything. I feel a little irked that MSE was faster than AVG, but maybe it just depends where each antimalware program was at the time. Because AVG is supposed to be watching every step I take, I had assumed it would be faster on the draw than MSE, but I still am glad that I’m running two antivirus programs.
Today I plugged the Toshiba hard drive in again and scanned it with both programs, but there was nothing that they could find.
I think the moral of this story is that if you get a message without any written note in it, you better be careful about clicking on any links, not just opening attachments. AVG had a little note at the bottom of both messages that there were no detected viruses, but the link took me to a place where I could get one.
Did I say that I deleted both messages? It was after I replied to all addresses and told them what had happened to me, so maybe I did warn someone else off.
Friday, November 04, 2011
11/30/93 - Day Two - Continued on I44 into Oklahoma, then took US 69 down past I40 to a second CCC resort. No snow and the weather was definitely warmer - but we couldn't get the furnace lit. Boondocked with the window cracked and the stove lit to keep warm. Still slept in sweat pants and sweat shirts.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
11/29/93 - Day one – Left home with fine snow smoking across the interstate. Crossed Indiana, Illinois, and got about 70 miles past St Louis before stopping at a CCC park for one blue card ($1). The approach was steep and icy, so I missed the first two campsites I tried to use (slid past and could not back up.) No water in the trailer, but the furnace worked OK and the showers were heated. Not a bad night.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Note: Between 7/27 and 11/29/93 we stayed at Joanne’s house about a week, during which time a squall line came across Lake Erie with 100 MPH winds that lasted for 15 minutes. It was like the end of the world, and the one room with three glass walls facing Lake Erie was totally destroyed, most of the windows in the house were broken, the chimney was blown down, and the roof was trashed. Giant Maple trees were blown down, and their roots dragged up and opened a gas pipeline, which did not mix well with the live electric wires that were down everywhere. We all had to evacuate the neighborhood, and the word was that no-one had power from Toledo to Erie, PA, in some cases for three days and longer. I finally managed to get the trailer and drag out my small buck saw, and cut up the tree limbs trapping the trailer. One oak limb was about four inches thick, and when I cut it I was nearly knocked off the ladder. We needed a new antenna and vent cover, but the roof was still intact – no big holes.
After Joanne’s house we went back to Indianapolis, and I painted the trailer roof and repaired the roof vent and antenna. I also got a part time job with a small company, working four hours per day five days per week, developing a saccrometer which would measure the sweetness of fruit using nuclear magnetic resonance. It was similar to the MRI machines that compete with CAT machines, except it did not form an image – it measured how sticky (thick) the juice was. In two months I solved the problems that they had had for two years and had a successful demonstration at Purdue, but then I quit because we were heading for Mexico to spend the winter.
Monday, October 31, 2011
I have only three more calls to make (lines busy and no answer or machine) and I'll finally be ready for the next two days running the safe driving course. It essentially takes three days our of my life every month, and I have been at it for five or six years, so it's about time to find something else to do. It's not very challenging any more, and doing the same thing month after month gets boring.
I do have two bags of candy ready for tonight - all Heath bars, the BW's favorite. I am confident that she will snap up any leftovers and keep me on the straight and narrow.
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