Monday, November 17, 2014

I HAD A VIRUS ON MY MAIN COMPUTER

I’ve had a ‘home’ computer pretty much since the day they were available.  And over those many decades I’ve certainly had many.

And up until now I have NEVER had a virus.  Well I got my first one on my ‘main’ computer and it was a BAD ONE.

I noticed a problem on October 21st, by way of my data usage on my Verizon, jumped by the GB’S when I was not doing anything to use up that much data in such short periods of time.

The other sign was that – despite having a 4G signal and 5 strong bars – it took forever to get into even my Hotmail website and more often than not I got “THIS PAGE CANNOT BE DISPLAYED”.

The last weeks have been consumed trying to resolve this problem.  Thinking (naturally) it was a Verizon problem – something wrong with my JetPack or their Network - I went to the local Verizon Store numerous times.

Sometimes my Internet worked great for several hours – once even for a full day.  But the problem persisted and this last time I went to Verizon I spoke with their Technical Support on the phone.

During that time they were asking me to do something on my computer but I wasn’t seeing what they were asking me to do.  I called one of the store reps to come over to help and as luck would have it, he turned out to be their local technical guru – with degrees in computers etc. etc.

During the course of the call he was on with their main tekkie people he noticed Norton (the anti-virus software I had on my computer) blocking ATTACKS from something.  He said it shouldn’t need to be blocking any attacks as we were not anywhere on the Internet where these attacks could be coming from.

He said “You have a virus !”.

He wanted me to uninstall Norton and install Microsoft Security Essentials and do a full system scan on my computer.  He was kind enough to assist me in getting this started.

So when I went home I started the Full System Scan.  This is what it showed:

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But despite removing this BAD BAD BAD thing that was living in my computer several times – it continued to come back.

So now my computer is at Best Buys where I had to pay $200 +++++++ for them to completely give rid of this sucker !

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I have a little mini 10” computer that I’m able to use but it’s oh so painfully SLOW !!  I seldom use it, however, still did several Full System Scans on this one and thankfully it’s CLEAN !!

But EVERYTHNG is on my main one so I’m lost without it.  Best Buy said they will need the computer for A WEEK !

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FOUR YEARS–EXPENSE REPORT

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On November 3, 2014 I celebrated (well I didn’t actually ‘celebrate’ LOL) FOUR FULL YEARS as a full time RV’er.  Who woulda thunk it !!???

So I’m beginning now my 5th year.

I keep track of all my expenses – like any good ex-finance person would.

I wrote about my first years expenses HERE

My second year HERE

My third year HERE

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Here now are the numbers for 4 years:

GAS

I now have spent a total of $25,243.92 in gas (for the RV only) in those four years.  That is an average of $525.92 per month.  This average will decrease over the coming months as I just spent $1,650.31 driving from Ontario, Canada to Yuma, AZ.

However, overall, I really don’t see getting that monthly average down much more due to the distance I have to travel back and forth to Canada.

YEAR ONE – AVERAGE WAS $ 661.16

YEAR TWO – AVERAGE WAS $ 679.15 (that was the year I drove all the way back to NL)

YEAR THREE – AVERAGE WAS $ 571.75

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CAMPGROUND FEES

That total has come in at $11,050.74 – meaning an average of $230.22 per month.  Remember, I include any ‘dump’ costs in that figure when I’m boondocking and I’ve also included the cost of my solar, batteries etc.

YEAR ONE – AVERAGE WAS $ 311.36

YEAR TWO – AVERAGE WAS $ 224.84

YEAR THREE – AVERAGE WAS $ 270.59

In my report last year I said I wanted the total of these two main expenses to not exceed $1,000 per month and as you can see at an average of $842.34 I’m way under. “

After the fourth year that monthly average is now down to $756.14.

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PROPANE

A total of $2265.16 – A monthly average of $47.19.

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LAUNDRY

A total of $655.17 – a Monthly average of $13.65.

Boring stuff I know.  But I like to keep a record of these things.  Plus it might help any wanna be RV’er who might be reading this.