My "depredation of freedom", as threatened by my "FBI" letter that locked up my computer did not happen. So to all my friends that offered, you can put your files back in your tool boxes until next time I get myself into some kind of weird trouble.
The campground remained quiet, no black helicopters, or SWAT teams appeared. The virus, however, persisted. I received a remedy link from my computer security software company and I was able to download it via a restart of my computer in a safe mode. However it did not appear to work. More checking around in the Microsoft Security Center gave me a phone number to call to get live help from a real human being. I thought I'd save that for today.
The virus did keep me awake last night so I got out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to fiddle some more, to no avail. I did look into the program that Sherry recommended, but I thought I'd try the other security software that I've already paid for first, and then try to talk to Microsoft's free help before I bought more software remedies. Thanks, Sherry!
After a couple of fruitless tries on the remedy link, I gave up and went back to bed around 5 am.
Today, after some chores with our tax advisor and a trip to the Veterans Administration Clinic to continue following up on my service connected disabilities, we returned to the Journey. I rolled up my sleeves, fired up the computer and prepared to do battle with the virus.
To my surprise, my computer booted right up correctly and the virus was gone. Everything is running perfectly normal and is ready to go again. My little backup Netbook can go back into its "In Case of Emergency Break Glass" box once again.
I guess somewhere along the line, the virus removal program worked in the background, despite my best efforts. Sort of a "Physician, Heal Thyself". My firewall is back in place and working. I'm relieved.
Now back to our regularly scheduled blogging!
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