About a week ago, I accidentally clicked on a link that installed spyware on my lightweight Sony Vaio. Although I knew almost immediately what was happening I could not disable the processes. It locked me out of the task manager.
I recognized the links and pop-ups that claimed to fix the spyware and tried not to click on them. It was almost impossible to avoid them. I was so frustrated. I tried to fix the problem and get rid of the spyware by using Spybot and other Spyware programs. After reading about Ultimate Cleaner, I realized that I would probably have to edit the registry. I was tired and afraid I would make a mistake trying to clean up the registry, I decided to hand the computer over our helpdesk. They kept the computer several days trying to rid the spyware. They got rid of most of it, but a pesky little remnant was still there. I decided that it would be okay to start fresh and re-install the software to the factory settings which meant that I also had to re-install all my packages.
The helpdesk installed our site licensed MS Office package and offered to install the other programs supported by our technology unit. I turned them down and am installing these programs as I need them.
Over the last couple of days, I have installed programs as I needed them. I supposed that these are the most important tools for me this week.
- Installed MS Office (university site license). I am currently working on a few documents that I need to finish and they are in MS Word 2007.
- Installed McAfee anti-virus software (University site license).
- Installed Witty. I wanted a desktop Twitter application. While I was very happy with the usability and features of Twhirl, it seems that Adobe Air is giving me problems on my Vista computer so I am trying Witty which is a .NET application. The features are nice; it has an automatically spell checker.
- Logged into my Google Reader account and made Google Reader my homepage.
- Logged into Twitter web page and made it my second tab on my homepage.
- Installed Pidgin. I needed to have instant access to colleagues and family.
- Installed our email client, Novell GroupWise (University supported enterprise system).
- Installed our VPN client.
- Installed Windows Live Writer and pointed it to my blog.
- Logged into my del.icio.us account and installed the del.icio.us toolbar because I wanted to share a bookmark.
- Installed Acrobat Reader because I came across a PDF I wanted to read.
- Logged into my Google Analytics account.
- Logged into my Feedburner account.
- Installed Jing.
- Logged into my Flickr account.
- Logged into my Facebook account.
- Created a Twitpic account. This looks like a neat way to share photos from my phone.
The applications and pages I need to log into that I have not had a reason to, yet.
- Adobe Acrobat Professional (University licensed)
- ma.gnolia My friends have sent me invites. I have not created the account yet.
Interestingly, almost all of these applications are online applications and pages that I stay logged into. Even though I had complete access to them at the house, not having access at home made me feel out of touch -- like I was being left behind. I was also frustrated because I could not communicate as easily or as often as I wanted.
I am certainly glad to be back into the swing of things.