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Technology will let you down

What I like about technology is that it is reliable until such time that its failure will cause maximum frustration. It’s been a long week, but I’ve made the effort to get up at the crack of dawn to catch up on some accounting before the daily mayhem begins at 9.

Even though I have done no work thus far, I still have time to browse the web. Why? Because my computer decided not to boot up this morning and, after increasing levels of panic as ‘safe-mode’ and ‘start-normally’ would both fail, it finally started after a system roll-back.

For years I have insisted that virus protection is not required, so long as you are careful when browsing the web. However, I have recently accessed e-mails from a PC ridden with no fewer than 150 trojans and other malware, so I decided to install a free virus checker (a well known one, which I shall not disclose for fear of a law suit!) and give my system a quick scan.

As hoped, there were no virri on my system and very little in the way of other unwanted items as I regularly scan for malware. Nonetheless, for peace of mind I set the software to scan regularly each morning.

With my computer finally up and running again, Windows diagnosed the cause of failure: antivirus software!

Fortunately, everything is backed up but it seems the most recent save was exactly 5 months ago, so my system is now chugging away as it updates my records…..

Posted by Adam Arnold

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