This could be exceptionally boring. Just warning you!
The Girl and I went over to a friend's house today for a nice visit. While we were gone, the Boy took it upon himself to download some stuff he's SO not supposed to download. No, not porn or music, freaking AOL instant messenger. I'm a former AOL employee. I wouldn't use their crappy software for love or money. If we can't IM with Yahoo IM, then we don't IM. Not knowing that AOL loads crap upon more crap on your machine if they get the chance, he happily clicked "yes" to anything they offered. Thus, he brought my computer to a screaming halt. When I got home, all there was on the screen was the infamous DOS blinking underscore and he was scared.
Of course, I figured out pretty quickly that the machine wasn't going to to reboot because he had some weird DVD in the drive and for some reason the machine kept looking for the Restore CD. I pulled out the DVD and the machine rebooted immediately. But it was working pretty oddly, sluggish and just recalcitrant. I had to do something quick, because I can't work on a machine that doesn't want to cooperate.
First I did an Add/Delete and got rid of a ton of crap that he's downloaded. The kid hasn't met a Demo game he didn't fall in love with, despite the rule that we don't download without asking. Sigh. AOL wouldn't go away. As usual. I absolutely HATE that damn piece of shit. He loaded the entire AOL software, not just the IM. I got rid of the IM, but the AOL software remains. I have no clue of how to get rid of it except by deleting every frigging file by hand.
Next I ran AdAware and noted that he had plenty of cookies he didn't need. Gone. I showed him how when he downloads stuff, it brings lots of hidden files. Blank looks abound.
And finally, I defragged the hard drive. Talk about a painful experience. It took close to 4 hours, but oh, my computer is happy again. I'm not sure which of the activities made the computer hum again, or maybe it was the combination of all of them, but things are groovy now and a lesson was learned (hopefully) by the Boy who downloads anything that looks remotely interesting.
Ah, to be free of crud on my hard drive. So much space to roam. 74% EMPTY. Life is good again. Stumble It! JBlog Me