Weird arse computer problems

Prisma depiction of Gary Lum because of weird arse computer problems

It’s been more than a week since I’ve blogged here. The last post was about all the cake I ate for my birthday. I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been ultra busy, and well, while work has been consistent and fulfilling, it hasn’t been flat out. One reason for being absent is the development of some really weird arse computer problems I’ve been experiencing.

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Prisma depiction of Gary Lum because of weird arse computer problems

Firstly, one-day last week all three WordPress.org sites I run went weird because of a plugin problem. The plugin in question being Seriously Simple Podcasting. An upgrade had occurred and because of an out of date php all visitors saw was a white screen with a couple of lines of text.

Weird arse computer problems

Fortunately a couple of months ago I’d experienced the WordPress.org white screen of death and learnt some new mad skills at getting behind the WordPress.org login and dashboard to try to repair plugin problems.

Google Chrome problems

Shortly after fixing that problem, Google Chrome on my Mac started throwing up random popups and redirecting pages to very odd and random sites. Some were for NSAID analgesics, some were to random anti-malware software and more were to on-line shopping sites.

Anti-Malware Software

Until now, I’d not seriously contemplated anti-malware software for my Mac. I have been diligent about sites I visit and not clicking on links I’m not certain about. It seems malware for Macs has been a booming business and the production and distribution of Mac malware are on a steep rise.

I’ve now reset my browsers, deleting all the extensions I’d installed. I have anti-malware software running continuously and fingers crossed, I am ahead of the curve.

So I thought I’d share a slideshow of photographs of some food I’ve eaten this week. I am trying to only post recipes to Yummy Lummy now rather than random posts. I’ll do the random stuff here for now.

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Click on a thumbnail and then use the left and right arrows to look through them. Feel free to leave a comment under the full sized photograph.

Lessons identified and learnt

Minimise plugins in WordPress.org and only use those you really need. Keep them up to date and go into your dashboard daily to make ensure everything is tickety-boo.

Install anti-malware software and keep it up to date. Run the software regularly.

 

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