Showing posts with label bugs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bugs. Show all posts

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I encountered two scary bugs on Monday, March 21st while my husband was out of town working. For some reason, problems seem a lot scarier when you're alone.

After spending the entire day in the city gathering supplies, meeting appointments, etc., I arrived home to find a huge alert message on my screen. It had come through Skype from sintsystmas8. The extra message was:


ATTENTION ! Security Center has detected
malware on your computer !

Affected Software:

Apple Macintosh 10.6 Snow Leopard
Apple Macintosh 10.5 Leopard
Apple Macintosh 10.4 Tiger
Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /
Unexpected shutdowns

Recommendation: Users running vulnerable version should install a repair utility immediately

Your system IS affected, download the patch from the address below !
Failure to do so may result in severe computer malfunction.

For the link to become active, please click on 'Add to contacts' skype button or type it in manually into your web browser!

I clicked on the link and was  instructed to go to the checkout, pay $19.95 and have my computer fixed immediately. Apparently I had 364 infected files.
The dollar sign made me cautious, and so I decided to check my computer first. What if this Sintsystmas8 wanted to fix a problem they'd given me? It's happened before. 

I did a Verify Disk and was disturbed to discover that I did have a serious problem with my computer. But the repair Utility wouldn't let me fix it. At the bottom of the screen, the Repair Disk tab wouldn't light up. 

Instead of going back to Sintsystmas8 for help, (I was still convinced they gave me the bug) I called the tech people at Apple, paid for technical assistance, and a nice young man by the name of Damian helped me out. We inserted my factory disk, turned off my computer, and then turned it on while holding down the OPTION key. After choosing English, I clicked on the left-facing arrow, went to the utility heading on top of the screen and then did a REPAIR DISK

Over the course of two hours, we did three repairs -- just to make sure. Damian also helped me with a permission problem I had. For about a month now I've been unable to upgrade anything because my computer kept saying I didn't have permission -- even though I'd done plenty of Repair Disk Permissions. While we were using DISK UTILITY we did three permission repairs, (just to be sure) plus changed my password. 

Anyone who owns a Mac knows these aren't easy fixes to make even though they sound simple enough. One wrong move and things can become much worse. Consequently, when Damian said goodnight, almost three hours later, I was very relieved to have my computer running in topnotch condition, and so glad I hadn't jumped the gun and tried to fix the problem myself. Yay MAC!

Yes, I said two bugs, didn't I?

Later that night, I finished my work, turned off the lights in my quiet, lonely home, and went to bed for the night. Nothing exciting in that, except an hour and a half later, at 11:30 pm, I woke, then proceeded to puke my guts out until 5:30 the next morning. I had the stomach flu. I don't mean to gross you out, but yes, THAT stomach flu! From this day forward, I will be eternally grateful to the folks who invented the plastic bucket. I can't remember another time I was ever that sick. At 5:30 I actually asked God if that could be enough already. Although my bed was only a few steps away, I did nap on the bathroom floor at one point. 

So, what's the lesson in all this? 

First, if you ever do have a problem with your beautiful MAC computer, do yourself a flavour and call APPLE.

The other point? 

If there's a bug going around, and your friends and family say it's a bad one, wash your hands every chance you get!

What made the entire experience quite amazing is while I was wrenching my guts out and wondering just how much fluid does one human body hold, I was making mental observations for later when one of my characters in one of my books became gravely ill. Go figure. 

Oh, almost forgot to mention ... I'm now SEVEN POUNDS lighter!