Random Miscellaneous

lolcatengineerSo, my computer has been slowing down for a few months now, and even though my various programs showed that nothing was amiss with it, I’m pretty sure something snuck (sneaked? My spellcheck doesn’t like snuck, but it’s what I’ve always used… hmm. It’s a mystery) in while I wasn’t looking.  Anyway, my computer was getting hella slow — for me. I’m an impatient person when it comes to things working the way I want them to. Ha! So I got desperate and reset it to factory settings.  Now I’m not one to do things halfway. If I’m going to reset something to factory settings because I think some malicious bug has crept into my machine, well I’m gonna go whole hog with it. That’s just the way I’m built.

So I did.

Which I why y’all haven’t seen much of me these past few days, because I’ve been rebuilding what I lost with the factory reset.  Yeah yeah, I know I could have backed up and saved a lot. And I did save quite a bit — like pictures and such. But what’s the point, dear reader, of resetting my computer if I’m just going to save everything to a different drive?  I mean I don’t know exactly what was causing my computer to run slowly or where it was hiding, so might as well nuke it all and start over. Reinstall all of the programs from scratch and just not install some of the more superfluous programs.

cleaning bugsI used to have a program called CCleaner that I liked, and I used it for decades without problems. It cleans potentially unwanted files and invalid Windows Registry entries from a computer according to their sales pitch. And it did a good job of it too. But the company was bought by Avast and in the last update for CCleaner installed Avast onto my computer without so much as a ‘by your leave’. I uninstalled both Avast and CCleaner directly after that. But it made me wonder if I didn’t quite get all of Avast off of my computer. It is notoriously difficult to get rid of — even when using the “uninstall software” they provide.

So anyway, that’s why I haven’t been posting here lately. That and I’ve been on the pain-go-round with my digestion.  I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for Wednesday, but the doctor was sick, so I had to reschedule — for next month. >_<  I understand. Doctors are people too, and they get sick.  I did, however, wait like, two months for this last appointment. *sigh*  But my gut has been doing weird things — pain one day, perfectly fine (for me) the next. And the two days that my gut wasn’t giving me problems this past week, I was absolutely exhausted. Like… this chair is nice, I think I’ll sit here for the rest of the day and never move again. By the way, dear reader, this new chair is nice. I’m glad we bought it. ^_^

Also, this side of the world is burning — as it tends to do this time of year — and we live in a valley, which means we get a lot of the smoke. I’m not complaining (too much) about that, because I’d rather have the smoke than the fire, but it does play merry hell with my lungs and breathing. I opened the door to let the dogs out this morning and that was it for my lungs. It’s smokey out there. And yes, dear reader, the wildfires are getting worse. Here’s a video that explains why:

And that’s about it.  A whole lot of nuthin’ going on around here. It’s basically just rebuilding my computer — mostly my Skyrim game. ^_^ Hey, that’s a lot of work! Chasing the perfect game is a never ending cycle! And when I don’t have the brainpower or energy for that, I’ve just been watching videos. Doesn’t take a lot of effort for that. ^_^

6 thoughts on “Random Miscellaneous

  1. J.Chron.Ltt.&Sci. [JCR]

    There was once a time when Avast was the best. Id even pay for itsome yrs, tho the free one was fine.

    Suddenly, 2017 i think, it went all corporate. I have no inside scoop, I just know 1) constantly things are being altered that annoy me, & i think it is windows updater (bc to gosh darn heck w/them too) – but upon enough investigation it was always avast.

    2) comp is gettng slower all the time, i think it is Avast more and more
    4) it keeps trying to change my browswer,
    5) keeps removing competitor programs & addons that have features, that it also now sells, as “viruses” – which they arent.
    5) It has started openning pdf in some stupid thing, & openning html in some third “secure” browser, that i didnt ask for so not want & doesnt work, but triples memory in use bc it means multiple browsers are running.

    Pains me to say it, but it think it is avast. & i think I am going to use only Brave browser from now on, despite the limited addons. Thanks for sharing your (computer) pain. ❤



    1. Willow Post author

      I’ve never really liked Avast… which is why I didn’t want it on my computer. And I *really* didn’t want it installed without my permission.


  2. Marilyn Armstrong

    I did that with mine, but I save at least once a month AND I don’t save applications or operating systems — just documents and photographs and they aren’t infected. It took me a few days to get all the applications back up and running, but it was absolutely WORTH it. The whole machine workes 100% better.


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