There are a lot of things that might happen in our lives, hence the whole “first time doing something”. And just now, I’ve encountered one.

Trying to rid my laptop of virus. At 11 PM when I was about to go to bed.

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I was watching The West Wing and was searching for the synopses of season 6 when, out of nowhere, a web page sprang out and said a virus was detected on my laptop; after that was a Web Page Blocked page from the university that said something along the lines of “access to the web page is blocked due to potential malicious content”.

Okay. So it must have been when I was eager to find a website where I can watch The West Wing and I accidentally opened several pages that I shouldn’t have. I knew it was bad news when those pages wouldn’t let me go unless I “add an extension” to Chrome.

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Yeah. Stupid.

Anyway, after that, every new page that I tried to open started up with a so-called search engine Blankpage4.ru/i/start.html

It was a virus alright.

And for the first time in my life, I have to learn to deal with a computer virus and try to get rid of it.

Luckily, the world is full of talented people. I googled it and found a YouTube video teaching us how to remove the search engine and the virus altogether in several complicated but useful steps.

I’m not sure, now, whether my computer is completely healthy or not – I scanned it and re-scanned it with multiple anti-virus and anti-malware programs and nothing came up eventually. I still need time to see if the virus really is gone, though. But for now, everything is back to normal. And I’m grateful for that, and for the person that uploaded his video.

In the meantime that I tend to the mess, I sorely miss my father, who is really talented in these matters and can solve them in no time. Sadly, he is home right now and too far away to actually physically be here to deal with the problem.

That’s just one of the many firsts I will encounter in my life. To some people this may just easy peasy; but for a non-technical person like myself, that was one huge thing I’ve learnt to deal with.

People say life is unpredictable. It is, without a shadow of a doubt. That is why all we can do when life throws something at us is to soldier on and find a solution.

Oh, and remind me to ask my dad to teach me how to deal with viruses next time I’m home. Just in case.

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Night 🙂

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