I have some solid armor on this computer. Not only the version of anti-virus that comes with Windows 10 (which I had been using for years before it became part of the system), but also Malwarebytes to pick up any slackers. Between the two, I haven’t gotten a virus in a long time.

Today, I popped over to YouTube and  voilà! One virus ahoy. “IF YOU TRY TO REMOVE THIS, YOUR HARD DRIVE WILL FA … ” except it never got through “fail” because it got whacked by both virus blockers in one heavy hit and down it went. Sadly, it left Chrome messy. Time to delete it. Chrome doesn’t deal well with being “a little bit broken,” so unless you are planning to deal with its “little bit of brokenness,” you have to take it down and then, put it back.

This isn’t a big deal — usually — because while it takes a few minutes, Google gets itself back in business fast. But, I had to dump not only Google, but all its “pieces.” I would have to depend on Google to restore itself. Once I was sure I’d gotten rid of the viral page, I deleted it the rest of Chrome. And all the little pieces of it, what they call “the backup” stuff. I took it all the way down and suddenly, there was a screen.

Why did you delete Chrome? — Me: Virus 

Do you want it back again? — Me: Yes, please.

Click here. — Me: I clicked there.

Thinking about two. Don't ask why. Just ... two.
Thinking about two. Don’t ask why. Just … two.

No problem if I had the slightest memory of the password I used. I wrote it down because who doesn’t write down their passwords? But I wrote it in my gmail account. Which was the thing I couldn’t get to because …

This is the moment when you usually threw your hands in the air and scream “I GIVE UP!”

No more. Now, before I had time to find a paper and pencil, the phone was ringing. And there I am, trying to wrench the top off my pen so I can write down the number. Phew. Got it!

I put in the numbers and in went Gmail and Google. After a while, as I passed some time checking the new settings (Google is always new), everything came back.  The whole kit and caboodle. Though I’m pretty sure I’ll have to replace every single password for all the sites I use, but it was time to dump them anyway. Remind me I said that.

There was a thing on TV. I think it was on the Sunday NBC shows about passwords and how no matter what the people in the biz say, passwords are personal and often, there’s a whole story in each password.

Is that true? Are all of our passwords in some way part of our personal story? I think my early versions of passwords were likely stories. But now? Time has required I include capitals and numbers and at least one expletive, so my passwords are memories of times from a long time ago — with expletives and numbers jammed impossibly between.

Sort of almost memories.

43 thoughts on “WHACKADOODLE VIRUS

  1. Keith V. February 23, 2017 / 12:28 am

    Hi Marilyn,

    I realize you have both Windows Defender and MalwareBytes active on your system, but a one-off scan with another product could not hurt as neither product is infallible. Also, please note that running two anti-malware products at the same time could cause your machine to slow down and/or lead to false positives as the VMs test the effects of code. As for which product to employ, I can only say that I would NOT advise going with Windows Defender as “the” solution.

    All the best,
    Keith V.


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:35 am

      I know, but Malwarebytes isn’t an anti-virus program. It’s an anti-everything-that-isn’t-a-virus … adware and all of that stuff … and some of the stuff that clings to pages in your browser — which virus software never gets. Malwarebytes got it.

      I’m very happy with Microsofts’ virus software. I’ve been using it for at least five years and NEVER gotten a virus. This was almost a virus, but it didn’t actually infect anything.

      BUT Chrome gets messed up when you get a bad page, even if you get rid of it. It was safer to just reinstall Chrome again. Which fortunately, they made really easy.

      You are right, though. Two real anti-virus programs can produce less of a result than one good one. These new super high end machines all come with virus software built in. About time!

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      • Garry Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:43 pm

        Nice selfie!! You’re a cutie!

        Whack a what?


        • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:46 pm

          Those nasty little viruses I fix for you 🙂 thanks on the selfie. Turns out if you use the “soft portrait” focus on the camera, you get some pretty nice ones. Live and learn 🙂


  2. lifelessons February 23, 2017 / 12:28 am

    Have you heard about crazy ants??? I have them!! They’ve infested my computer.. Strangest thing. They come out one at a time and race in crazy random patterns over the screen. When I kill one, another runs out..Google it. They are for real.

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    • lifelessons February 23, 2017 / 12:43 am

      They are real ants, Marilyn!!! Even Apple doesn’t know how to get rid of them. Google it. They are miniscule red ants that build a colony inside your computer and then come out to drive you crazy.


    • lifelessons February 23, 2017 / 12:44 am

      They are real ants, Marilyn!!! They infest the inside of your computer. Even Apple doesn’t know how to get rid of them. Google it.


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:45 am

      ARE you talking about … REAL ants? like… the ones with six legs and antenna? Apparently they really ARE a thing, although not around here. Down your way. That is totally bizarre.


        • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:47 pm

          I’m glad they haven’t gotten HERE yet. We’re having enough trouble with Gypsy caterpillars!


    • Garry Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      Life, don’t tell me those ants from “Them” are back again. Is there a “Raid” for computers?

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      • lifelessons February 23, 2017 / 5:34 pm

        I’m afraid not. So far, no solution..although they seem to come out only at night. Strange.

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        • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 5:35 pm

          That really is rather bizarre. So finally, we have an actual bug infestation that’s really BUGS.

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  3. Taswegian1957 February 23, 2017 / 12:37 am

    The more passwords and pin numbers we have in our lives the harder it is to remember them which is why I think we like our passwords to mean something. It is hard to remember random passwords especially as we come to the age where it is hard to remember what we went into the next room for. I do use one of those password programs that generates random passwords and remembers them for you but I live in fear of that going down so the important ones I still like to have in my head or somewhere safe I can retrieve them from. I would not call my head a safe place these days.


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:42 am

      I have the same problem with those “machines” that make the passwords. Periodically, I just go through all my passwords and try to find something I can remember more or less, but because almost EVERYTHING asks for a password now, it just gets harder and harder.

      I love when they ask for a word, a capital letter, number, and something from your expletive bar. And oh, it should be something you can remember. Right. Sure. Uh huh.

      I can’t remember why I went into the kitchen most of the time. It’s humiliating.

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  4. angloswiss February 23, 2017 / 1:03 am

    When I finish a computer session I always run my malwarebytes and clear my broser. I have an antivirus program that I pay for, the same one for a few years which constantly runs in the background. I have the defender on the computer but never use it because it does not work with another antivirus programme. My passwords are all external on a stick and also listed on paper. I also had to learn to live with my own password system. I am now very careful with them as I otherwise forget them. I never store them on my computer


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 1:14 am

      I forget EVERYTHING. I’m not kidding. I’m amazed I can write a piece at all. I try to keep my passwords in document files, but there are so many.

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      • angloswiss February 23, 2017 / 2:02 am

        And I often forget the english expression for something. When writing I am continuously looking into my online LEO dictionary for the english expression for a german word which I know.


        • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:47 pm

          If I couldn’t look it up on Google, I’d never make it through a single paragraph.


  5. jcalberta February 23, 2017 / 1:16 am

    At times I’ve had as many as 5 anti virus / malware programs on my system. Malwarbytes.(the free one). Adaware (free), McAfee (I finally bot it), and a couple of other. I’ve used MS Malicious Software removal tool at times, but it seems to take forever. I guess I’ve experimented with most of them on and off over the years. Those vile virus creators are clever and can sneak one by you via email – lots of ways. We will all get bitten at one time or another if you use our computers as much as I and you do. I’ve tried to figure out the minds of people that do this stuff? Power I guess? You never have to face the people you’re screwing around. Unfortunately for them, there is this Spiritual Law called Karma … and all debts will be paid eventually. Often with interest.


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      Just a brief warning: using more than one virus killer will not actually improve your machine and WILL slow it down to a crawl. Malwarebytes is not a virus killer. It deals with other stuff — adware, stuff like that — but other things? If you are using that many of them, it’s amazing your computer is running at all.

      Find ONE good one and use it. All the rest are not working properly and when you have that many? You are actually getting LESS, not more, help with the viruses.


      • jcalberta February 24, 2017 / 11:30 am

        I found Malwarebytes would often detect stuff the others missed.
        I only use McAfee now.


        • Marilyn Armstrong February 24, 2017 / 1:20 pm

          That’s what it does. Precisely. It picks up the stuff that isn’t technically a virus, but will turn your computer into a slug. That’s why I bought it, too. I’m VERY glad I did.


  6. mellewisblog February 23, 2017 / 3:27 am

    A good option is a mac book far more reliable that Windows and they don’t get issues with Virus’s. I was always getting virus and having to do computer scans and defragging on pc but with mac’s you don’t have to do that!


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      These days, Mac’s get viruses too. They have a built-in anti virus program and it works well, but there are a lot of Mac viruses out there in the world, too. And they Will get you.

      The new Win 10 program doesn’t get much in the way of viruses either. In any case, I can’t afford a Mac, so it’s a moot point.

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  7. evilsquirrel13 February 23, 2017 / 5:04 am

    I have a basic password string that I’ve used since 2000 that is based on something relating to my early days on the internet. Every online password I have is some variation of that seemingly gibberish string… with numbers and/or caps variations for accounts that require you to have a more secure password. I think my most complex version of it is for my WordPress account… and since it always stays logged on for me, I haven’t had to type it in years. I keep which variations of the password I use for each account on the inside cover of a notebook on my desk, and notate it without revealing what the actual basic string is… if I ever manage to forget the original string I’d be in big trouble! Amnesia would kill my online life…


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:55 pm

      That’s how I started, but now the complexities of numbers and codes and letters and caps … I’ve branched off. So far, so good. I find it mildly amusing that my bank, Adobe, Lands End, and many more — they have been hacked. I have NOT been hacked. Go figure, right?


  8. DailyMusings February 23, 2017 / 6:01 am

    Glad you got it all back- the one time I had to reinstall Google I lost all my bookmarks- fortunately they were backed up and I was able to retrieve them! Love the selfie, I see you are really getting the hang of it. You look great!


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 12:56 pm

      I set the camera on “soft selfie” and that’s pretty much how it came out. I have all these things in my camera and I never use them. I should, though. They seem to have actual functions. But. My arms are STILL too short.


  9. judyt54 February 23, 2017 / 7:31 am

    i have a program in Word that keeps my passwords for me. I even printed it out in seekrit white writing so no one will happen on it. I never trust my memory on these things, hell I must have 50 or 60 of them.
    I need to redo Chrome, but I did it once, and it took weeks before it was back to where it had been. It’s like cleaning house by burning it down and then waiting for it to rebuild itself.
    Color me impressed that you can deal with google and chrome. By the time I’m done I’m an anxiety laden mess and I have this mental image of Chrome standing there like a teaching nun, hands on hips, glaring at me…”if you’d only done it the way I told you in the first place…”

    From what I’ve read about hackers and passwords, it really doesnt matter much, as long as its a loooong one (they say anything over 12 letters and numbers) because hackers don’t guess, they have programs, sorta like the Turing codebreaker in WWII, that operate on algorithms. The longer the string, the harder it is to find.


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      They have really improved Chrome a LOT. I was surprised and very pleased. It took just a few minutes and I have TONS of stuff in there. JUST make sure you have a phone number with them so they can call you and make sure you have a good password. The rest will follow. I was more than a little nervous, but it worked and it’s clean as if I just put it there for the first time — not counting the hundreds of saved pieces of things in there, of course.

      I’m up to 10 letters/numbers/whatevers. Maybe I’ll find another couple of somethings to add.


  10. draliman February 23, 2017 / 7:41 am

    I’ve popped all my passwords and whatnot in a notepad file, zipped and encrypted with the one very strong password not written down anywhere (which I can easily remember as I know how it’s constructed). This file is then copied to two external drives.

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  11. wscottling February 23, 2017 / 11:52 am

    I need to put Malwarebytes on this computer. I have CCleaner and Defender but I keep forgetting to put Malwarebytes. I have three passwords which I cycle through because I’m forgetful too. Every year or so, I invent a new one and discard an older one, and yep, they all are personal and have a story behind them, but nothing so trite as my pets’ names or birthday or 123456.


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2017 / 1:03 pm

      Even at the beginning of this whole mess of passwords, I never went with 12345. That seemed a bit, well, sorta dumb. I dumped a few passwords because they were too hard to get into the computer without hitting a wrong key. And it is DEFINITELY time to put them all into the backup hard drives.


            • Marilyn Armstrong February 24, 2017 / 5:18 pm

              I know. Hard to believe. Then there are the clever ones who used “password” as their password. Amazing, but true.


              • wscottling February 24, 2017 / 5:26 pm

                Yeah, I’ve had friends and family use that one. >_< Sad but true


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  13. lwbut February 27, 2017 / 4:17 am

    I went with Draliman’s solution – minus the encryption. I have over 1 million files and folders on my PC so if any hacker can find which one keeps all my passwords ( Hint: it’s not called ‘passwords’:-) ) then they’re welcome to any account i have (around 100 at last count!). I update the file every time i join another on-line account and never use the same password (that way people who hack yahoo or banks might get access to that account but no others i own). Thumb/Flash drives are ludicrously cheap (and BIG) these days so i always keep one or two with my password file and other personal files as back-up so i can easily reload it to my pc should anyone get by my av/malware preventers. The only tricky part is making sure the password list file on my laptop is the same as on my pc and on backup usb drive.



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