My parents got in safely yesterday and we spent most of the afternoon just hanging out. However, late Saturday night I had a little bit of a computer scare. I was online, facebook I think, and all of a sudden my internet closed, the screen went black and a BUNCH of error messages popped up saying things like my C drive had crashed, my RAM wasn't functioning properly, etc. Then, a couple of minutes later this popped up:
I don't know if you can tell, put in the top left corner, beside where it says "system check", there is a windows symbol. Well, when it showed up, I lost access to everything on the computer: files, programs, even the start menu went empty. So I thought initially that something with my computer really had gone wrong, and because the System Check window looked like a windows program, I clicked on fix errors. Well, I was immediately taken to a page where I was asked to pay upwards of 80 dollars just to fix my computer. After that, I began to get a little suspicious. So, I shut the laptop off for the night, and the next morning, turned it on to find the same system check window opened. I then got on the other computer and found out that the whole thing is a virus that manages to block all your computer's files, making it look like you have lost everything on it and really do have a problem. It even blocks you actual antivirus program, so your computer doesn't even register that you have a problem. With the version that hit my computer, you can't even get online because your internet browser is hidden as well. My sister and I managed to connect my computer and the other one via remote access and she sent me a freeware called TrojanKiller that restores hidden files. After that, I just rebooted the laptop and everything was back to normal. It was really scary though and for a while I truly thought that I had lost everything on my laptop. Here's some more info about this virus, because it seems that more and more people are being affected by it:
System Check can really screw up the computer system it gets into. It’s because the program is one of those fake optimization tools whose aim is to trick the user rather than provide some real help. It can infiltrate your PC in a number of ways all of which are backdoor, which means you don’t have many chances to actually notice and prevent this even. As soon as System Check is on board, it executes the programmed sequence of actions, adding new files and changing your registry by creating new entries in there as well. This done, it will get launched each time Windows loads up because one of those new registry values keeps telling your machine to run the malware’s random executable during startup. When running, System Check will kind of scan your computer for errors and, not surprisingly at all, will find lots of those. It triggers bogus alerts like “Failed to save all the components for the file \System32\00004823″, “A potential disk failure may cause loss of files, applications and documents stored on the hard disk”, “Hard drive clusters are partly damaged” etc. These notifications are all part of the general campaign targeting the formation of a wrong impression on the user’s end. In the end of the day, this program always offers you some assistance by stating that it can fix all of those critical errors if you buy its full version. Now, do not even purchase this scam application. The only thing it can ‘repair’ is the bunch of imaginary issues it had made up in the first place. So be wise and get rid of this badware. (source)
I realize that I'm sort of going on about this, but it is really sad to me how people actually spend a lot of time working on stuff like this just to trick others into paying them significant amounts of money.....and that they're so good at what they do that they can even fool a real antivirus program.
Anyway, if you stuck with me through all of that, you deserve a recipe! :D What I've got for ya today is some chocolate popcorn:
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels, unpopped
- 1/4 cup plus 2 T sugar
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet.
- Pop the popcorn and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, cocoa and butter. Cook over medium-high until it comes to a boil. Continue boiling for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. and stir in vanilla. Pour chocolate over the popcorn, stirring to coat all of it. Spread popcorn in an even layer on baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the popcorn every 10 minutes to prevent sticking and to make sure that all of the popcorn is coated.
- Remove from oven, let cool. Break up any large clumps and store in an airtight container.
Everyone really loves this popcorn! Easy and tasty!!!
Do you like sweet popcorn like caramel corn, or do you prefer salty versions??
That's about it for today...see ya'll later!!!!