Hello, there, I'm new here... and just introducing myself.
I'm not exactly a 'techie' person; I'm just blessed with a natural talent for messing up my own computers, so I probably end up having to tinker with them more often than the average person might. Until yesterday, I've been totally OFFLINE for the past 7 months. My new computer (not this computer) was infected with a rootkit last November, and after (countless) hours of trying (unsuccessfully) to fix it myself... I had something of a melt down, disconnected my internet service, and gave myself an open-ended vacation from technology entirely. It was so bad, that I didn't even miss being online for quite some time. That 'primitive lifestyle' without regular internet access lasted roughly until the end of June, when our area was impacted by one of the Colorado 'mega-wildfires'. I spent a couple weeks under pre-evacuation orders, without much access to real-time information... it really made me appreciate how important this connection to the outside world really can be. And so, now that my 'technology vacation'is officially over, here I sit with the same messed up computer(s)!
It's probably humorous, in a 'lame' sort of way; the computer I'm using at the moment (affectionately known as 'The Dinosaur') is something I pieced together with a bunch of 'retired' computer parts that I'd boxed up for the recycling center ages ago. My ultimate objective is to get rid of the annoying rootkit that's on my 'new' computer, but process of doing that has so far been pretty complicated. (I'll save the elaborations for a future post) Anyway, I found this forum while researching 'secure shredding' options, and possible partitioning strategies. While the 'non-techie' girl in me, *believes* that I might be able to figure this out by myself... the rest of me seems to 'know better', so I'm not quite ready to take that plunge just yet. I'm sure there are much faster ways to sort all this out, but I'm more likely to make mistakes when I rush. At this point, I'm just setting up my account here, and introducing myself in advance. I can access this forum from my so-called smart phone if I need to... but it's not the fastest way to type, which is how the dinosaur came to be resurrected in the first place. I'm just glad that forums like this exist, or I wouldn't have a clue where to begin... so, thanks for providing a site where people can go to get some help!
Leslie in Colorado