I spent nearly 3 hours last night scrubbing crapware off $wife’s friend’s Win8 Dell. All the while she’s telling me how her AVG is supposed to be great and her dad uses it and trusts it, but how is it that all these ads are popping up everywhere and I get this search helper in IE and it all started when she installed “Mozilla”. Even though it appears she got it from the official site.
She was way more interested in talking and talking and talking about all the things going on and point at it all on the screen and not letting me fix the damn thing and tell her why it got so fscked in the first place.
Oh yeah, she had a trial of Office 365 and it’s expired. So OMG ALL MY FILES IS GONE! and can you help me find a cheap older version of Office to buy off eBay? Oh, and BTW, her dad had a copy of Office 97 and she installed that (and it works, holy crapballs I couldn’t believe it) but obviously she couldn’t open her files because Office 365 defaults to the newer formats.
She has OpenOffice now and I defaulted it to save in the old Office formats, told her that pretty much no matter what, people will be able to open her files.
If was running like shite despite havening 6GB of RAM. Even after installing AdBlock Plus in Firefox, everything is slow. Oh look at that, FilesFrog, a multitude of ad injectors, what the crap?
I still don’t think she gets it. Any of it. Not how it got this way, not how to keep it clean, not how to practice safe hex. None of it.
I never get this kind of duty, so I didn’t even think to use ninite. AVG is gone, Windows Defender is on the job. “Maintenance” hadn’t been run so I tried to kick that off but it needed a lot of time to clean up.
What a miserable keyboard on that Dell. And it was my first real foray into Win8. No wonder everyone hates it.
I didn’t even bother upgrading anything flagged with updates in the Store (9 apps, apparently), and didn’t have time to even try to talk her into upgrading to 8.1.
That was supposed to be my night to watch my traditional Xmas movie. Oh, it played on the TV - I think I actually saw about 20 minutes of it.