My older brother decided to drop by today with a computer that was just filled to the brim with viruses. It wasn't his computer though it was his wife's younger siblings computer so it is expected to be filled with viruses. I manage to get it to boot up into the OS and open up Internet Explorer and see that every toolbar known to man is installed. The computer ran so sluggish that it took over 10 mins to fully be functional. The sad part is, is that it is only half a year old. It shouldn't be that slow since my near 10 year old xp machine still runs like a champ.
My solution: REFORMAT! This way I avoid all major headaches and since it was a siblings laptop no real important information was on it that needed to be backed up. Also the kid didn't really seem bothered with it since everything on it could be easily attainable again (such as music which was backed up already). Reformats also seem to give the computer that "new" feeling to it such as when you first build the computer or when you bring it home from the store. Another thing about the reformat is that you know that at that point, nothing is wrong with operating system and your starting with a clean sheet.
First few things I did when I installed the operating system again was to remove the damned Internet Explorer and replace it with something else. I understand that it is not a bad web browser to use but for some reason, every time I go to help someone with "computer problems" it always seems to end up being because of being careless with Internet Explorer. I decided to install Mozilla Firefox 4 as an alternative instead because of all of the add-ons and extensions that there are available for it. Ad Blocker is probably going to stop them from installing any more of those damn toolbars.
I know today's post was dull but I felt like I needed to update to get some creative flow back in my head after dealing with that today. Tomorrows post will end up being better though since I'll be doing some stuff outside of the house.
What are some of the computer problems you guys have encountered? What are the worst computer related problems that have happened to you guys? The worst physical computer problem I had was when my motherboard died completely because of blown capacitors. The worst related problem was when my hard drive crashed making me do a bunch of research again for a paper I put off to the last minute to write.