Well...I did something rather 'silly'...
I used my computer without adequate virus and spyware protection
My McAffee had expired and I hadn't downloaded
the Security package from my RR account.
Soooo...this past Monday...
my computer was attacked.
I'd gone to, what I thought was, a safe site.
I wanted to see if they had the
art donations posted for an auction
I had donated a painting to recently.
Suddenly...I got all kinds of messages
that my computer was infected by a virus..
a bogus 'security site'...with icons
that look just like the Microsoft Security badge...started
attempting to do a scan...
After countless shut downs...etc...
I did manage to get the RR package downloaded..
and turned up with 5 incidents on my computer.
It took two days...many scans...
ferreting out the suspect files (and deleting them)
and more security downloads...
it appeared that I was
not so fast...
now my poor computer just
keeps coming up to the black
screen to start normally..in safe mode..etc.
I think it is 'finished'.
So..since I am using my trusty OLD desktop..
and it is all the way upstairs...
I am going to be MIA for a few days.
I'll sign in on my faithful backup a couple times a day..
just to see if anything needs my urgent attention..
I'll have to wait until I see if there are any
good sales on laptops this week-end.
Since it is an important
'tool of my trade'
I will have to get another ASAP.