Saturday, November 15, 2008

Back on Library PCs

I don't know what I did or what happened, but I downloaded an anti-spyware system that TUCOWS gave very good marks to and now I can't get my computer to boot up. I depend on it for so much, including job searching that everything else is on hold until I get this fixed.

My computer goes as far as bringing up my wallpaper and then it stops. So far SAFE-MODE is inacessable too. I may have to purchase a Recovery Console floppy Monday. Until then I use library computers, which are alright but I do not like them.

UPDATE: A half hour working on a public computer solved the problem. I still have the troublesome software on my computer, but it's disabled until I can figure out what it clashed with causing my boot to lock up.

13 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

Shoprat, I don't know if you can find the solution here, but you might want to check out this url:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/support/nostart.mspx

Please let me know when you are up and running again. This has got to be extremely frustrating!

11:26 AM  
Blogger dons_mind said...

that's really bad shoprat! i've heard of a few others who have downloaded from tucows lately and gotten some pretty nasty stuff...don't know if the ownership or maintenance of tucows has changed lately or not, but i think i'll stay away.....

hope you get it cleared up!

12:08 PM  
Blogger dmarks said...

Some anti spyware stuff is like a virus.

Is this your main blog?

12:28 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Going Gayle :-)

d_m TUCOWS makes an honest effort but there are so many programs that clash with each other that you have to be careful.

dmarks yes it is

12:32 PM  
Blogger Average American said...

I never went to tucows, but my old computer did the same thing 2 months ago. I tried everything and finally fixed it, I bought a new computer. My old one still sits in a corner awaiting the day I can figure how to recapture all my old files from it. Then, maybe I'll just have 2 , 1 for me and 1 for the wife. Glad to see your update that it seems to be working. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

PCs are enough to drive anyone batty. I truly believe the next computer I purchase will be an Apple; perhaps an iMac. PCs have pissed me off to no end.

BZ

8:09 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

One of my boys let a Trojan Horse in past my firewall. It hijacked my desktop. Luckily I could boot up but it took me six hours of steady work to get it off.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Here's wishing you good luck!

I have a blogger friend who doesn't own a PC, he does all his blogging at the library, and he says it is annoying, especially when he has to wait for an open computer. I keep telling him to get his own computer! But then again, you have viruses and hard drives crashing to worry about when it's your own PC.

12:09 AM  
Blogger dmarks said...

Macs are no fun. They cost twice as much as PCs, and when something goes wrong with them, are much harder to fix.

I had a Mac once. The hard drive glitched and lost everything. It could not be fixed. I've had similar things happen on PC's, and there are so many tools to fix things, that I've always gotten everything back. Not so with the Mac, which has a tiny fraction of programs available for it compared to PCs

8:21 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Your best bet may be to just get rid of the troublesome software, Shoprat. Anyway, I'm glad you managed to solve the problem. :)

3:10 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

And to think computers were supposed to simplify our lives...

11:07 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

All of us non-techies have a love-hate relationship with our computers.

7:28 AM  
Blogger CA said...

I see you have written a novel. I, too, wrote a story. Maybe you'd be interested in checking it out. It's a pretty good detective story. (My and my sisters opinions-she can't wait for the next (?) one)
It's called "A Detective Story."

11:45 AM  

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