anysia: (Stick Dancer)
We had some nasty storms a few weeks ago, with strong winds, and driving rain. It overloaded the gutters, shorted out two lights, fried a fuse on the electrical panel, and caused some gyp-board damage. We have never made a claim before.

We have to pay the $200 excess, but are getting more than 1k of cost of the electrical repairs back. AND we won't have our rates raised.

Waiting to hear about repairs to where the gutters overflowed and damaged the gyp-boards.
anysia: (Connecticut Sign)
This morning I saw sparkling water drops on some pretty purple blossoms, and I noticed both my small Geraldton Wax seedlings (still called seedlings until they reach 1" across the base) were in danger of being swamped by weeds.

I pushed the camera out of the way, pulled the weeds out about 2ft diameter around them both, making sure to not shake off the morning water droplets. I then proceeded to take macro photos of the blossoms. I stood up from my squat, and it was all I could do to hobble back into the house.

I know, I know... we are supposed to suffer for our art, but dayam, my knee was killing me! Nope, no doubt now.

Geraldton Wax Blossom

anysia: (F.O.A.D.)
I have been instructed to run MBCleaner... again. And do another clean install.. again.

My response is as follows.

My eyelid just started twitching.. I have to ask, please don't take it personally, what is uninstalling MWBs with MWCleaner for the (checks) 21st time going to fix, that the first 20 times didn't?
anysia: (Headdesk)
After Malwarebytes completed the scan, and I quarantined what I didn't really want or need running, I apprehensively shut it down.

Seems I was right to be apprehensive, because when I tried to start it again, it wouldn't. Tried rebooting to see if that would 'fix' it like it did last night.. nope.

Have sent info to tech support.


Silver lining? I actually got to do a full system scan, and all is good.

It's on

Aug. 18th, 2017 05:32 am
anysia: (Invisible?)
I have been doing a lot of reading about my knee. It's not going to get any better. It might be a bit better than it was 4 weeks ago, but it's not going to get any better. If anything, it will degenerate and get worse. My knee hurts, I'm less active because it hurts. I'm less active, my weight goes up. Weight goes up, knee hurts worse, then I'm less active...round and round. Discussed things with Wing, bouncing the good, the bad and the ugly of knee replacement surgery. The risks, the benefits. My expectations aren't to be a marathon runner, just to be pain free.

Called the Nurse Practitioner from Dr S office , and she called me back today. I told her about how I read everything I could get my hands on, understood the risk/benefit. I go in for paperwork, blood tests and a few other test to make sure I am in reasonably good health. X-Rays to make sure which prosthetic will be put in.

I even have a tentative date for the surgery.

I told the NP that I was scared... she said that she would be worried if I wasn't.
anysia: (Dark Moon Goddess)
After 18, yes 18, things from Malwarebytes tech support that didn't work, and about the same from a MBWs forum, also didn't work, over the course of two weeks, with both places blaming OTHER software, and having me uninstall that OTHER software, for the problem of MWM 3.1.2 user interface not opening, both places offered the same solution.

To reboot in safe mode and turn off self protection. Any takers as to where that worked or not?

I tried to do that, but it would not switch off in safe mode. Even after stripping out all other security programs (CryptoPreventer, MSE) it would not start unless in safe mode.

That being typed, this was the solution for me.

1: Used MBCleaner to remove 3.1.2. Rebooted

2: After login, installed 3.0.6. Didn't check for updates. Put in license and ID, set up exclusions again, just in case. Went to Protections and was able to shut Self Protection off.

3: Updated to 3.1.2. Double Clicked desktop Icon, nothing. Nothing in system tray again.

4: Rebooted.

5: After login, system tray icon was there with red triangle (for never having run a scan). Double clicked desktop icon, and chewed on fingernail.

User interface loaded up.

I am a lateral thinker.. they are linear, or just can't be swayed from their checklist script, even when you have told them every step you took, including the ones that just told you to do.... again. But being a lateral thinker, I was able to come up with a solution.
anysia: (Continuum)
Anyone else other than myself find the timing of Facebook trying to foist their fake 'malicious software' scanner/malware on me, less than 6 hours after I removed CryptoPreventer and Microsoft Security Essentials as instructed by tech support at Malwarebytes just a wee bit more than a coincidence?
anysia: (WTF??!!)
In the ongoing saga that is Malwarebytes latest version not working right, I used their cleaner tool to un-install it yet again, rebooted yet again, and was greeted by "This Windows 7 installation isn't genuine"

WTF?? 2 years after I built this beast, and installed a freshly purchased LEGIT copy? (even MS Assure support gave me the thumbs up about it being genuine... although I can't understand why someone with a hacked and cracked version would be contacting MS support).

I sorta held my breath until Windows login was complete, and check my system... It was a futz message, because according to SYSTEM, it is a legit activated copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.
anysia: (Fcuk Logic)
White Supremacists, the KKK, the Alt-Right, and Neo-Nazis have a long history of acts of violence. They also have zero honor. How could the police, who seem to taser, shoot, pepper spray anyone that looks cross-eyed at them, NOT be there to protect peaceful counter-protesters?

Then you have Racist enablers/Apologists, and general all around asshole making excuses, or trying to say it was faked (Yes, that asswipe Alex Jones is at it again)

Let's not forget the orange idiot saying "on many sides"... Really? Uhh, no. Regardless of what that crappy FAUX SNOOZE pandering author said about Neo-Nazis being 'left wing', the above mentioned groups have always considering themselves right wing conservatives. Also, President Shit for Brains, you demanded a Muslim ban when one man ran his car into a London crowd. Where's the White Supremacists, the KKK, the Alt-Right, and Neo-Nazis ban? Oh, right, can't ban them. They're your supporters, you lame, weak, POS.

Then you have the f&$king racists that voted for the Orange Menace. You know, the ones who get all upset when you call them out on it, either cheering the violence, or trying incite more, or saying the ones killed and injured, well they some how deserved it.

WTF is wrong with all of you? The police: if a bunch of North American Gunhumping Ammosexuals intimidate people with open carry, you let it slide. Peaceful protesters, you look like you're ready for a military conflict. You have been videoed strutting around with your SWAT gear, intimidating citizens. You have used plastic barriers to corral unarmed young women and pepper spraying them when they have done NOTHING WRONG!

It seems the police are only interested in pulling a 'show of force' if it's against unarmed peaceful, sometimes even compliant, people.

So yeah, you caught the guy that murdered that young woman by using his car. And if it hadn't been for the peaceful protesters that videoed the incident, I wonder if the murderer would have been caught at all.
anysia: (F.O.A.D.)
1st off, absolutely EVERYTHING else works perfectly on my computers' current set up. Sure, there are occasional hardlocks (like when I'm processing a HUGE image in On1 and watching a DVD/BlueRay on the other monitor) but everything works.

Which takes me to the topic of the subject.

Malwarebytes: I had been using the Premium version 3.0.6. It started having problems with web protection layers shutting off and not going back on, AND you couldn't get rid of the notification that said layers were off so turn them back on.

Which lead me to update to version 3.1.2. Everything seemed ok... until I noticed I couldn't open the user interface. Double click desktop icon? No. How about the system tray icon? Nope. Run as administrator? nope. Run the the gamut of compatibility trouble shooting? Nope. Uninstall with MBCleaner/Reboot/Reinstall? Nope

Ok, let's make a new user account. Double click on desktop icon.. YAY, it worked! I enter my legit license and ID. Seems great! Tweak settings (exclusions, when to schedule a scan). Close the user window down. Log off that new user, go back to original user account, and start going through things I want to clone over. Shut down computer.

Start up next day, log in new user account. Double click MWB icon. Uhhh, not opening? Just to make sure I tried again. Not opening. Repeat all the above steps. Nothing.

I'm always one for keeping the PREVIOUS version of programs, just in case. So, I uninstall using MalwarebyteCleaner, reboot. Install version 3.0.6, and TA DA! It starts up. Enter ID and license, and immediately the web protection shuts off again, and can't turn it back on. Rebooted, and login to new user account, 3.0.6 starts up just fine, again, web layers not on (oh yeah, and MWBs said this was due THEIR server not communicating with the program last year) but everything works.

Restart computer. Login to my regular account. v3.0.6 works find, with same caveat. I install latest NON beta version. And once again, the user window will not open.

After doing all of this, I finally sent support ticket to MWBs. Waited two weeks, and didn't hear anything back. Just for giggles, a few days ago I restarted my computer in SAFE MODE. Login to my regular user account. Wait a while for everything to load and settle. I see the MWBs icon on system tray. I double click it. Imagine my surprise when the user interface opens without a problem! Restarted in safe mode again, logged into new user account. Same thing.

Rebooted, regular start up. Again, the user interface will not load. Off in search on google for this problem. And I found the exact same issue posted by someone else. So, I go through all the same steps, use some other tools and send them the reports. Yes, I know I am being 'naughty' by convincing a program or two to work. Why? Because I bought it years ago, and during reinstall on this machine, the license won't validate. It's no longer sold or supported, and it's the ONLY way I can get it to work is to 'convince it'. I didn't make the world, I just try to live in it.

So, I go through all his hoops. MBCleaner, MBCheck, FRST64, over and over. Even installed beta version of MBWs... and now, not only will it not start if I click on desktop icon, the SYSTEM tray icon has vanished, even though Task Manger says it's running. I reboot in safe mode, and it works. Restart normal mode, nope.

Here comes the "Are you f**king kidding me?" part.. one of the possible solutions is to format the the drive and reinstall everything.... Are you f**king kidding me?

Did I mention my son, who has Windows 10 Home version on his computer, is having the same problem? And Wing who has Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed on his HP is having same problem? Figure the god damned odds of me wiping my system to reinstall everything?

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