Yesterday, I warned you that my computer would be down for a while. And, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “But Evyl, didn’t you go through this just about a year ago?” *Grumble rumble razzin frazzin…* And yes, I did some major work to my computer and wiped the drive to install 7 almost exactly one year ago. “In fact,” you then ask, “haven’t you had lots of trouble with that computer? Why don’t you just get a new one?” *Grumble Mumble Growl…* Look, these things are expensive for one. Add to that the fact that I’m stubborn and cheap. I’d probably be better off to spend the money on a good new computer with paid security software on it, but I’m going to nurse this one along for the time being. Anyway, I again went to wrenching on the thing. Once I got into it, it was far worse off than I had previously realized. There was a point in time that I would futz with these things and pull them back from the brink of destruction. As long as the worms and malwares aren’t buried too deep, I can still dig them out. However, at this point in life, if they’re bad enough, I’ll just wipe them and start over. That’s where this one was. I was getting weird pop-ups in every browser I used, and they started losing consistency, and I couldn’t identify the software doing the popping. So, I backed up my files on the network, nuked the hard drive and reinstalled 7 Ultimate from scratch. I figured that would take a while. But really, this has been the easiest, smoothest installation I’ve done on this machine, anyway. In fact, once Windows gets the bazillion updates downloaded and installed, I need to reinstall the network printer and I should be done. Not too shabby! It’s been so pain-free in fact, that I may just nuke the hard drive and reinstall the OS every August as routine maintenance. So, that’s about it for now. I think I’ll try to get Chatzilla configured so I can bug some of you fine people in GBC.