Archive for computers and internet

Unexpected Computer Problem

It is so annoying.  This time my husband’s hard disk crashed.  ‘Not sure if the crashing was caused by a virus or just the computer’s old age.  We were dealing with no desktop computer for months now.  It’s the only thing we can use for printing because we do not have a wireless printer.  It was very unexpected.  So frustrating.  All our important files are in that hard disk.

We did not even thought of doing online back ups.  Some of my friends were suggesting to use online back-up so we can still access our files on the Internet even if we are on a trip or long period travels.  Safety and security was always our concern.  We read a lot of references about online back-up.  Before we commit on something, assurance and good reviews are kept in mind.  For affordability of back-up service, Windows skydrive is in the high rating.  I do not know if you have already know about the skydrive online  back-up service.  It is offering unlimited features for users to manage their files online.

This is what concerns me the most because our tax return file is in that hard disk.  We do not have any idea how to recover it.  For now, my husband is open to all suggestions he can get to be able to recover our files in that hard disk.

Photos In Friendster Are Gone

I am so upset.  I had no idea that Friendster had closed and changed its platform to games.  When I logged in to check on my account, no photos there.  All gone.  Totally gone.

I found out that Friendster closed May 31, 2011.  They deleted users’ personal photos, comments, blogs, etc.   They did not send us an email about the closing?  This is aggravating.

Rogue Virus Fake Windows XP Security Alerts

Frustrated and angry.  That’s what I felt when my computer was infected with rogue virus that flashes fake security alert pop ups on the computer screen.  Would you believe that I got the virus from an online directory?  Huh!  Yes that’s right.

I tried looking for help on online forums on how to remove that s**t.  I learned that these rogue viruses are new and are released early this year.  I am one of the unlucky people who have computers infected.  But the removal process is very, very complicated for a user like me who does not have a complete knowledge on software and computer registry.  So I turned to Dell Technical Support.

It was difficult my part because paying that much money for a virus removal service is not what I would like to do.  But, it’s worth it…I guess.

What aggravated me so bad was, my anti-virus/anti-malware did not see it.  Sheez!  I am paying annual subscription on that.  Better get a new, dependable anti-virus software.

System Unavailable?

OMG!  I am overly worried.  Something is wrong somewhere.  I was checking our online banking and here’s what the screen said:  Account Balance: 0.00

I hurriedly woke my husband (sleeping soundly at 11pm this evening) and had him look at the computer screen.  He told me it might be because the system is down.  It would be impossible to just get into the accounts because the bank has high security measures.  I tried clicking on links/menus in the page and here’s what I got:

System Unavailable

The application is unavailable or returned an unrecognized response. Please try again or contact Bank name Member Service at ******.2000.
I just hope their system is down and will be up soon.  And if there is a bug, they should fix it immediately.