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#1 alaskalady

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 04:08 PM

Hello!  I go by the name of alaskalady and I live in the "bush" of Alaska, 135 miles from the nearest town (Fairbanks) via a half dirt-half paved road over 3 mountain passes!  I have been into computers since the "dark ages" *grin* (way before pc's).  Started as a programmer back in 1980, but I am no good with all this malware and maliciousness!

 

I just found this forum and really need help.  I was just in the process of setting up windows after a hard drive crash and was trying to find a way to install java when my browser got hijacked!  Could someone point me to the appropriate forum to get help?   Thanks so much!



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 05:20 PM

Am I Infected is the right place.

 

Welcome to the board always nice to have new blood.

 

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 05:34 PM

Am I Infected is the right place.

 

Welcome to the board always nice to have new blood.

 

Phil

 

 

Hi, Thanks for the info!  I went there, but it says NO Hijacks posts???    I also found this same note in red on another forum that I thought might be where to post.



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 05:44 PM

Just post your problem they will lead you through the steps they want you to take.  Don't post any logs until asked!

 

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:23 PM

Just post your problem they will lead you through the steps they want you to take.  Don't post any logs until asked!

 

Phil

 

 

Thanks Phil,  I think I got it off.  I installed and ran Malwarebyte and it seemed to have gotten all the files, then I uninstalled the actual program and used Mozbackup to restore my Firefox.  Everything looks good now, but if I have any sign of it, I will sure go there and post.  Thanks for the help!  Karen



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:26 PM

Good 4 U!!!  Enjoy the site lots of good folks up here!


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 11:59 PM

Nice to see someone else from Alaska!

 

I live in Southeast Alaska along the coast in a small community of about 10,000 people called Ketchikan. I have been interested in computers since about 2005 when I got my first laptop and a Dell Inspiron 1501 with windows vista 32bit, 2GB RAM, 120GB hard drive. That computer is still in one piece and works but I donated it to my brother about 3 years ago. Now I have two laptops one for internet uses another for gaming purposes, but I haven't had much of a chance to game lately.

 

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 06:11 PM

Nice to see someone else from Alaska!

 

I live in Southeast Alaska along the coast in a small community of about 10,000 people called Ketchikan. I have been interested in computers since about 2005 when I got my first laptop and a Dell Inspiron 1501 with windows vista 32bit, 2GB RAM, 120GB hard drive. That computer is still in one piece and works but I donated it to my brother about 3 years ago. Now I have two laptops one for internet uses another for gaming purposes, but I haven't had much of a chance to game lately.

 

 

I am from a small community 135 mi from Fairbanks.   I have never got to see Ketchikan but hear it beautiful!.  Went by it on the ferry many years ago.  I know all the inland passageway is just gorgeous!!   Gees, my 1st computer was a mini mainframe that ran 1 removable and 5 fixed platters. (old term for hard drives, actually they were like an enclosed record but larger - 5 mb capacity)  The unit was about waist high and weighed 300 lbs.  Quite a tower, huh?   Those were the old days of computers before pc's.  I paid $10,000 for it second hand.  Quite a price tag too!

 

I bought a Dell when pc's came out, can't even remember the model, but one of the first ones built.  After that I built mine and my husbands, until abt 3 years ago.  We got my hubby Mac 27" and a Macbook, I bought myself another Dell and it has not been of the same quality as in previous years so have been pretty disappointed.  Guess I wil go with a Mac next computer and just run a dual-boot like I do on hubby's macs.   Age is finally catching up with me and just too tired to buid them anymore. *grin*   Nice talking with you!


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:37 PM

Wow a $10,000 computer, that was a lot more money back then too. I paid $1,499 for my Asus G75VW gaming laptop, but it is only a medium performance on gaming standards. But I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money, now just a little over a year its broke down. The Main Island across Ketchikan is called Gravina, The name of the Island Ketchikan is on is Revillagigado. There is a community not a far away called Sitka, Alaska, that begins with a "S".

 

The dell I bought was really reliable It still works fine, I owned it from 2005-2010. Only hardware problem I had was the battery pack went bad. Only software problem I had were because of malware. laptop has windows vista home premium 32bit.

 

Here's the link to the location so you can look at Ketchikan https://www.google.com/maps/@55.3660132,-131.6371041,11z

 

By the way it's been good to talk with someone who I know is in the real world, so thanks.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 12:44 AM

Wow a $10,000 computer, that was a lot more money back then too. I paid $1,499 for my Asus G75VW gaming laptop, but it is only a medium performance on gaming standards. But I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money, now just a little over a year its broke down. The Main Island across Ketchikan is called Gravina, The name of the Island Ketchikan is on is Revillagigado. There is a community not a far away called Sitka, Alaska, that begins with a "S".

 

The dell I bought was really reliable It still works fine, I owned it from 2005-2010. Only hardware problem I had was the battery pack went bad. Only software problem I had were because of malware. laptop has windows vista home premium 32bit.

 

Here's the link to the location so you can look at Ketchikan https://www.google.com/maps/@55.3660132,-131.6371041,11z

 

By the way it's been good to talk with someone who I know is in the real world, so thanks.

 

Oh, when I first posted I got confused, I was thinking of Kodiac Island for some reason, not Ketchikan.  We came by ferry when we came to Alaska and stopped in Ketchikan, it was so beautiful!!   My hubby got of and went into town for a little bit, but I stayed on the ferry cause I couldn't walk very fast and did not want to cause us to miss the ferry.*grin*    I went back and corrected the post.    Yeah, those old computers really cost alot.  I got it to do accounting for small business.   This was before windows, every thing was text with a whooping 64k of ram.    I  know Dell has always been top of the line, I just think I got a lemon.   Am tired of the high cost of MS and now with 7 there is all these restrictions.  XP was a nice system, best they ever did!   Glad you have had such good luck with your computers.   Nice talking to you also!   I would love living in the southeast, it is so beautiful and so very cold in the interior.   Enjoy!  



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:51 PM

I really loved Ketchican, the first place I ever saw a bald eagle.  I hope they have solved their power problems, the power company used to have huge problems in the springtime.  I took a helicopter ride up and over the lake and glacier.  AWESOME.  I have been to most everywhere in the state, from Prudhoe Bay to Kenai and Homer.   I remember those huge hard drives, I had a DEC 10 MB fixed and a 5 MB removable platter.  Used it for writing programs for system control units.  It had wheels but it would crash the heads if you moved it.  Have worked on many that were part of an acre of units buried under many banks.  That was the early 70's.  Fairbanks used to be a big air force town, have  been to the small refinery on the pipeline at North Pole.  I still get to Kenai over the 4th of July and up to Dead Horse the first week in January.  There's a contrast for you.



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 09:57 PM

I really loved Ketchican, the first place I ever saw a bald eagle.  I hope they have solved their power problems, the power company used to have huge problems in the springtime.  I took a helicopter ride up and over the lake and glacier.  AWESOME.  I have been to most everywhere in the state, from Prudhoe Bay to Kenai and Homer.   I remember those huge hard drives, I had a DEC 10 MB fixed and a 5 MB removable platter.  Used it for writing programs for system control units.  It had wheels but it would crash the heads if you moved it.  Have worked on many that were part of an acre of units buried under many banks.  That was the early 70's.  Fairbanks used to be a big air force town, have  been to the small refinery on the pipeline at North Pole.  I still get to Kenai over the 4th of July and up to Dead Horse the first week in January.  There's a contrast for you.

 Wow!  I would've loved to have seen Fbks in those years.  My 1st husband and I started to come up here back in early 70's so he would work on the pipeline or in the oil fields but we never made it.  It was just as well cause we divorced in 76. *grin*    I really love the southeast and would like to live there, but I don't like flying so that kinda limits that.  My hubby and I have stayed in the interior the 25 years we have been here and not traveled much except around there and a few trips to Anchorage.  Never even seen the Kenai, but am gonna do that this summer, I hope.   That's pretty neat that you know about those old computers, I very seldom come across anyone that even knows what a mainframe is, let alone has worked on them. They were pretty amazing in their time, huh!  It has been a neat trip watching the tech deveop thru the years!  I had a brother in law that was a system analyst for McDonald Douglas and he started in computers in the late 50's and worked on the Univac back then.  He was a real whiz and was in charge of setting up all the computer systems for the LA Olympics (think in early 80's, but not sure, around that time)   I got my 1st interest in them from him.  I was only 12 back in the late 50's and that was amazing to me.   It's neat that you still find time to make it up here.   We're gonna try to sell out and move to Fbks, life in the bush is getting a little hard at our age and we both just want to enjoy the rest or it with real flush toilets and broadband. *grin*   What state do you live in now?



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:47 AM

Over the years I have nutured some clients that have stuck with my services even after I retired.  I use a real time infra-red scanner for diagnostic and maintenence that has a large number of applications.  I was about 7 or 8 when I started playing with doorbells and buzzers which progressed to radio.  I grew up in Minneapolis and my favorite place was the Honeywell outlet where they took in whole mainframes in the back door, dis-assembled them down to each little nut, bolt and component.  I did have a single module unit from a Univac system but in 1960 the parts were more useful in other projects.  Today I live in the San Fran Bay area but still make the two trips to Alaska each year.  I worked as a field service engineer on mostly industrial  power generation equipment but was overtaken with the digital age and began there as a hardware specialist.  My first computer was a four bit processor that used machine language programming.  Many have followed since, from the original 8085 chip to todays Intel i7.  I have built dozen of my own machines and even more for family and friends.  Field service can be daunting for computers as  most users are not that smart.  Currently I'm enjoying the return of spring and at last some rain to make the hills green. 






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