You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch Virus

You know how I feel about my laptop computer, right? No offense to the desktop computer (who’s listening as I type away here) but my precious is so zippy fast! And so easy to take along, no matter where I roam. And did I mention fast?

But thanks to the latest virus (imagine me saying that with a snarl), I am laptopless at the moment. I’m so distraught that I’m even making up words like laptopless. And what really frosted me was finding out that my old reliable desktop computer (with a veritable treasure chest of anti-virus jewels on it) is just as susceptible to this virus. Why, you may ask?

Because it takes awhile for anti-virus software to catch up with new viruses. So, I’m a little nervous here. But I wanted to pass along a tip that may save you BIG bucks.

According to The Computer Guy, this virus (called System Tool) is in advertising on popular sites, like social networking spots and video-sharing hangouts because these sites carry heavy advertising. You don’t have to necessarily click on an ad (I didn’t); if your mouse rolls over one, the virus can get in. Keep your mouse in the center of the page.

On a related note, remember to back up your files on a regular basis. Fortunately, I found the article I needed to work on in an email. But that novel I’d started in November, with 7 or 8 chapters completed? Hadn’t got around to saving that yet. So I had to pay the premium price to debug my precious, the price that would keep my files intact.

On another related note, guess what the Beneficent Mr. Hall is giving me for Christmas?

Finding Something Friday : Laptops and YALitchat

Let me begin by saying I LOVE MY NEW LAPTOP! (I’m saying that extra loud, just in case PC is listening.) I know we’re not supposed to love things, but I can’t help myself. PC has these amazingly mad skills.

There’s just one eensy-teensy problem. (And now I’m whispering because I don’t want PC’s feelings to get hurt any more than they already are.) I can’t always figure out how to make these mad skills work. It’s not him-it’s me. But after spending 45 minutes with PC, trying to move a simple thing around on the Hall of Fame (and making some updates), I finally had to give up and move to my desktop computer (where I zipped through the tasks in 10 minutes). So, today you’ll find a few changes here at Cathy C.’s Hall of Fame. And hopefully, PC and I will work through this “bad patch” and everything will be hunky-dory again between us.

Here’s something else I love: YALitchat! Since my latest work-in-progress is Young Adult, I’ve been zipping around, looking for interesting YA sites and such. When I found YALitchat (a community for folks who write, read and live YA), I knew I’d found a spot with amazingly good stuff, like agents, contests, and writing support. So, you can find me there, hanging out, soaking it all in. You can friend me, too, if you’re there.

But um, keep it on the down low. I’m not sure how PC feels about my virtual friends.