The Parents’ Computer!
Posted in : computer, repair on by : TruXter Tags: cable, compression, computer, cooling, hard drive, hosts, mod, repair, update, upgrade, virus protection
Maybe my parents are weird, maybe this normal.
They have a dell, a 900mhz Dell CD ROM and 15 inch CRT and Windows 98SE ME bundle.
Well they keep getting pop ups and spyware. I keep trying to fix it. that was some frustrating stuff. I mean it is said all over the net that the hosts file is located in the windows directory. Well on their machine, it was not. It was no where. S I download mvp’s hosts from his site. their computer had nothing to uncompress zip files. No wonder they think computers are useless. I mean they can’t even get a bundle of Christmas pictures because no one can send them a compressed file.
Ok 7zip came to the rescue. See you can not tell them you are installing stuff you just have to do it. If you tell them you are putting stuff on there ” that ain’t gonna slow it down is it?. does it take up much space? is it a virus thingy?” so just wait till they go to the bathroom and BANG!
Well the hosts file does go in the Windows directory, even if there isn’t one already.
Well now mom opens here browser and sees in the little boxes where the ads used to be “page can not be displayed” and gets mad because I made it ugly.
so I tell her I didn’t do it and something must have broke.
I tell her I will look and see if something is broke inside the computer, because “I thought I smelled something burning earlier.”
I open the computer and pull out all of the dust and hairballs and fuzzy stuff. and clean from motherboard to hard drive, yank out the PCI slot modem because I know they have cable. I throw away teh pci slot modem and close the computer and boot up and surf the net a bit, defragment the hard drive run spyware and online virus scanners , when all is done I shut it down and leave.
for the next week I will not be answering their phone calls.