Hubby is still working on regaining use of my computer. I'm trying to transfer off all of my data which includes nearly 20,000 photographs!~ Hard to find room for them anywhere but one by one I'll make it. Then we likely have to strip the machine and reinstall an operating system.
For anyone else that might be seeing 'strange' things going on with their browser... the first sign that anything was wrong started about 4-6 weeks ago when I would do a Google search. I would get what looked like great sites for what I was trying to find only the name of the website was totally wrong. ie... I was looking for baby toy patterns. Found several sited that looked good but the websites were places like joeandbobsgarage.com or messingaround.com. See what I mean. Also if I clicked on a legitimate site I would often be redirected to somewhere else, often unsavory sites. When we began to read helpful information on trying to fix the problem we found that this 'redirect' problem has been around for about a year. By redirecting my machine to sites I didn't want to go I apparently picked up some parasite/virus.
Hubby and his buddies in IT at work are putting their heads together to try and fix it so I don't lose everything on my machine. In the mean time I'm trying to salvage before the machine totally shuts itself down. It's crawling on a good day, other times I can't use it at all. That is why I'm on hubby's machine to visit HW but email is another problem. Oh well...it's thebest we can do.
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