Sparky’s Post Vanished into Wild Blue Yonder

KittencomputerPat here:

Sherrie's computer has been eaten by malware. We were trying to scramble something together without spreading the virus, but the document has disappeared. It's been one of those weeks.  

Should the document miraculously reappear–along with all the wonderful new Sparky pics– we'll try to get it up in the morning.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

 

50 thoughts on “Sparky’s Post Vanished into Wild Blue Yonder”

  1. Sherri, you have my deepest sympathy on computer problems (although you won’t know it until the ‘puter is fixed or replaced.)
    I didn’t have a virus or a worm. My computer software and system were so old that stuff wouldn’t connect. My email hated the new modem. A printer sniffed disdainfully at my OS.
    Anyhow, I did buy a new computer, which was a painful adjustment getting new systems to talk to each other. Some software has not caught up to Windows 8.1 but I overcome that with the help of some very patient help desks. I still, after a month, haven’t tried to move the old computer files to the new computer. Yes, I am a scaredey cat unlike Sparky. After that’s done, installing my old games and seeing if they still work.
    That said, I love computers and the internet!

    Reply
  2. Sherri, you have my deepest sympathy on computer problems (although you won’t know it until the ‘puter is fixed or replaced.)
    I didn’t have a virus or a worm. My computer software and system were so old that stuff wouldn’t connect. My email hated the new modem. A printer sniffed disdainfully at my OS.
    Anyhow, I did buy a new computer, which was a painful adjustment getting new systems to talk to each other. Some software has not caught up to Windows 8.1 but I overcome that with the help of some very patient help desks. I still, after a month, haven’t tried to move the old computer files to the new computer. Yes, I am a scaredey cat unlike Sparky. After that’s done, installing my old games and seeing if they still work.
    That said, I love computers and the internet!

    Reply
  3. Sherri, you have my deepest sympathy on computer problems (although you won’t know it until the ‘puter is fixed or replaced.)
    I didn’t have a virus or a worm. My computer software and system were so old that stuff wouldn’t connect. My email hated the new modem. A printer sniffed disdainfully at my OS.
    Anyhow, I did buy a new computer, which was a painful adjustment getting new systems to talk to each other. Some software has not caught up to Windows 8.1 but I overcome that with the help of some very patient help desks. I still, after a month, haven’t tried to move the old computer files to the new computer. Yes, I am a scaredey cat unlike Sparky. After that’s done, installing my old games and seeing if they still work.
    That said, I love computers and the internet!

    Reply
  4. Sherri, you have my deepest sympathy on computer problems (although you won’t know it until the ‘puter is fixed or replaced.)
    I didn’t have a virus or a worm. My computer software and system were so old that stuff wouldn’t connect. My email hated the new modem. A printer sniffed disdainfully at my OS.
    Anyhow, I did buy a new computer, which was a painful adjustment getting new systems to talk to each other. Some software has not caught up to Windows 8.1 but I overcome that with the help of some very patient help desks. I still, after a month, haven’t tried to move the old computer files to the new computer. Yes, I am a scaredey cat unlike Sparky. After that’s done, installing my old games and seeing if they still work.
    That said, I love computers and the internet!

    Reply
  5. Sherri, you have my deepest sympathy on computer problems (although you won’t know it until the ‘puter is fixed or replaced.)
    I didn’t have a virus or a worm. My computer software and system were so old that stuff wouldn’t connect. My email hated the new modem. A printer sniffed disdainfully at my OS.
    Anyhow, I did buy a new computer, which was a painful adjustment getting new systems to talk to each other. Some software has not caught up to Windows 8.1 but I overcome that with the help of some very patient help desks. I still, after a month, haven’t tried to move the old computer files to the new computer. Yes, I am a scaredey cat unlike Sparky. After that’s done, installing my old games and seeing if they still work.
    That said, I love computers and the internet!

    Reply
  6. So sorry. I have been there too. A computer virus came and we had to re-install all our programs and start from scratch. We back up to an external hard drive so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Good luck on returning to “normal” with your computer.

    Reply
  7. So sorry. I have been there too. A computer virus came and we had to re-install all our programs and start from scratch. We back up to an external hard drive so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Good luck on returning to “normal” with your computer.

    Reply
  8. So sorry. I have been there too. A computer virus came and we had to re-install all our programs and start from scratch. We back up to an external hard drive so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Good luck on returning to “normal” with your computer.

    Reply
  9. So sorry. I have been there too. A computer virus came and we had to re-install all our programs and start from scratch. We back up to an external hard drive so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Good luck on returning to “normal” with your computer.

    Reply
  10. So sorry. I have been there too. A computer virus came and we had to re-install all our programs and start from scratch. We back up to an external hard drive so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Good luck on returning to “normal” with your computer.

    Reply
  11. Typepad HTML Email
    Hi, Shannon! I just
    made a reply to Artemisia, and it appears it went through okay (at least it
    didn’t bounce), so even though I cannot visit any Web sites (the Word
    Wenches included) I can at least reply to comments without actually visiting
    the Comments page. FYI, Typepad sends a notice to my inbox every time someone
    leaves a comment on the Sparky Reports, and that gives me the opportunity to
    hit “reply” and send my reply without visiting the site!
     
    Boy, do I ever hear
    you about old programs not talking to new programs! I’m there. My
    computer is 8-years-old, and my Word and Excel programs are 11-years-old. Because
    my systems and browser were so old, some of the Web sites I visited regularly notified
    me with a pop-up that they no longer supported my ancient browser and I needed
    to update. Only problem is, it’s so old that even Microsoft can’t
    update the browser anymore. And then, despite my ultra careful Internet
    practices, I got zapped by a destructive virus that bypassed all my security. At
    present, I can use my e-mail, and Word and Excel seem to be okay, but anything
    having to do with the Internet is infected.
     
    I am doing some creative
    financial juggling so that I can buy a new computer, but it may take a few days
    or a week or so. I hope that by next Sunday I’ll be up and running with a
    clean system. In the meantime, I’m taking lots and lots of Sparky
    pictures for future postings!  ~Sherrie and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  12. Typepad HTML Email
    Hi, Shannon! I just
    made a reply to Artemisia, and it appears it went through okay (at least it
    didn’t bounce), so even though I cannot visit any Web sites (the Word
    Wenches included) I can at least reply to comments without actually visiting
    the Comments page. FYI, Typepad sends a notice to my inbox every time someone
    leaves a comment on the Sparky Reports, and that gives me the opportunity to
    hit “reply” and send my reply without visiting the site!
     
    Boy, do I ever hear
    you about old programs not talking to new programs! I’m there. My
    computer is 8-years-old, and my Word and Excel programs are 11-years-old. Because
    my systems and browser were so old, some of the Web sites I visited regularly notified
    me with a pop-up that they no longer supported my ancient browser and I needed
    to update. Only problem is, it’s so old that even Microsoft can’t
    update the browser anymore. And then, despite my ultra careful Internet
    practices, I got zapped by a destructive virus that bypassed all my security. At
    present, I can use my e-mail, and Word and Excel seem to be okay, but anything
    having to do with the Internet is infected.
     
    I am doing some creative
    financial juggling so that I can buy a new computer, but it may take a few days
    or a week or so. I hope that by next Sunday I’ll be up and running with a
    clean system. In the meantime, I’m taking lots and lots of Sparky
    pictures for future postings!  ~Sherrie and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  13. Typepad HTML Email
    Hi, Shannon! I just
    made a reply to Artemisia, and it appears it went through okay (at least it
    didn’t bounce), so even though I cannot visit any Web sites (the Word
    Wenches included) I can at least reply to comments without actually visiting
    the Comments page. FYI, Typepad sends a notice to my inbox every time someone
    leaves a comment on the Sparky Reports, and that gives me the opportunity to
    hit “reply” and send my reply without visiting the site!
     
    Boy, do I ever hear
    you about old programs not talking to new programs! I’m there. My
    computer is 8-years-old, and my Word and Excel programs are 11-years-old. Because
    my systems and browser were so old, some of the Web sites I visited regularly notified
    me with a pop-up that they no longer supported my ancient browser and I needed
    to update. Only problem is, it’s so old that even Microsoft can’t
    update the browser anymore. And then, despite my ultra careful Internet
    practices, I got zapped by a destructive virus that bypassed all my security. At
    present, I can use my e-mail, and Word and Excel seem to be okay, but anything
    having to do with the Internet is infected.
     
    I am doing some creative
    financial juggling so that I can buy a new computer, but it may take a few days
    or a week or so. I hope that by next Sunday I’ll be up and running with a
    clean system. In the meantime, I’m taking lots and lots of Sparky
    pictures for future postings!  ~Sherrie and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  14. Typepad HTML Email
    Hi, Shannon! I just
    made a reply to Artemisia, and it appears it went through okay (at least it
    didn’t bounce), so even though I cannot visit any Web sites (the Word
    Wenches included) I can at least reply to comments without actually visiting
    the Comments page. FYI, Typepad sends a notice to my inbox every time someone
    leaves a comment on the Sparky Reports, and that gives me the opportunity to
    hit “reply” and send my reply without visiting the site!
     
    Boy, do I ever hear
    you about old programs not talking to new programs! I’m there. My
    computer is 8-years-old, and my Word and Excel programs are 11-years-old. Because
    my systems and browser were so old, some of the Web sites I visited regularly notified
    me with a pop-up that they no longer supported my ancient browser and I needed
    to update. Only problem is, it’s so old that even Microsoft can’t
    update the browser anymore. And then, despite my ultra careful Internet
    practices, I got zapped by a destructive virus that bypassed all my security. At
    present, I can use my e-mail, and Word and Excel seem to be okay, but anything
    having to do with the Internet is infected.
     
    I am doing some creative
    financial juggling so that I can buy a new computer, but it may take a few days
    or a week or so. I hope that by next Sunday I’ll be up and running with a
    clean system. In the meantime, I’m taking lots and lots of Sparky
    pictures for future postings!  ~Sherrie and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  15. Typepad HTML Email
    Hi, Shannon! I just
    made a reply to Artemisia, and it appears it went through okay (at least it
    didn’t bounce), so even though I cannot visit any Web sites (the Word
    Wenches included) I can at least reply to comments without actually visiting
    the Comments page. FYI, Typepad sends a notice to my inbox every time someone
    leaves a comment on the Sparky Reports, and that gives me the opportunity to
    hit “reply” and send my reply without visiting the site!
     
    Boy, do I ever hear
    you about old programs not talking to new programs! I’m there. My
    computer is 8-years-old, and my Word and Excel programs are 11-years-old. Because
    my systems and browser were so old, some of the Web sites I visited regularly notified
    me with a pop-up that they no longer supported my ancient browser and I needed
    to update. Only problem is, it’s so old that even Microsoft can’t
    update the browser anymore. And then, despite my ultra careful Internet
    practices, I got zapped by a destructive virus that bypassed all my security. At
    present, I can use my e-mail, and Word and Excel seem to be okay, but anything
    having to do with the Internet is infected.
     
    I am doing some creative
    financial juggling so that I can buy a new computer, but it may take a few days
    or a week or so. I hope that by next Sunday I’ll be up and running with a
    clean system. In the meantime, I’m taking lots and lots of Sparky
    pictures for future postings!  ~Sherrie and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  16. Typepad HTML Email
    LOL, Donna! Wouldn’t
    it be wonderful if every time we needed money for this or that, we could just
    put up a donation page and wait for the moolah to roll in? Seriously, though,
    you guys came through like champs when I put up the page for Sparky’s
    medical expenses. As you may know, I guesstimated it would cost $750 for Sparky’s
    medicals. I was way off base. I’ve spent well over $1,000, with more
    check-ups and follow-up lab work yet to come. But bless all your hearts, Sparky’s
    fans came through and just kept donating beyond the original goal! I’m an
    emotional person, and every time I saw that yet another donation had been made,
    I cried. I am currently elbow deep in making thank you cards to send out to
    everyone who donated. (Hint, hint: I still need mailing addresses for some of you
    donors)
     
    Anyway, thank you for
    your continuing support, sweetie! Everyone has been so exceptionally generous
    and kind. But of course Sparky fans couldn’t be anything else! So thank
    you, everyone. This has been a humbling experience, but my heart has been
    lifted so many times by all of you. As I mentioned to a Sparky fan earlier
    today, just when the light at the end of the tunnel goes dark and I’m
    hurtling blind toward lord-knows-where, the light blinks on again and
    there’s a big group of Sparky fans standing in the light with halos above
    their heads. You’re all angels.   ~Sherrie and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  17. Typepad HTML Email
    LOL, Donna! Wouldn’t
    it be wonderful if every time we needed money for this or that, we could just
    put up a donation page and wait for the moolah to roll in? Seriously, though,
    you guys came through like champs when I put up the page for Sparky’s
    medical expenses. As you may know, I guesstimated it would cost $750 for Sparky’s
    medicals. I was way off base. I’ve spent well over $1,000, with more
    check-ups and follow-up lab work yet to come. But bless all your hearts, Sparky’s
    fans came through and just kept donating beyond the original goal! I’m an
    emotional person, and every time I saw that yet another donation had been made,
    I cried. I am currently elbow deep in making thank you cards to send out to
    everyone who donated. (Hint, hint: I still need mailing addresses for some of you
    donors)
     
    Anyway, thank you for
    your continuing support, sweetie! Everyone has been so exceptionally generous
    and kind. But of course Sparky fans couldn’t be anything else! So thank
    you, everyone. This has been a humbling experience, but my heart has been
    lifted so many times by all of you. As I mentioned to a Sparky fan earlier
    today, just when the light at the end of the tunnel goes dark and I’m
    hurtling blind toward lord-knows-where, the light blinks on again and
    there’s a big group of Sparky fans standing in the light with halos above
    their heads. You’re all angels.   ~Sherrie and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  18. Typepad HTML Email
    LOL, Donna! Wouldn’t
    it be wonderful if every time we needed money for this or that, we could just
    put up a donation page and wait for the moolah to roll in? Seriously, though,
    you guys came through like champs when I put up the page for Sparky’s
    medical expenses. As you may know, I guesstimated it would cost $750 for Sparky’s
    medicals. I was way off base. I’ve spent well over $1,000, with more
    check-ups and follow-up lab work yet to come. But bless all your hearts, Sparky’s
    fans came through and just kept donating beyond the original goal! I’m an
    emotional person, and every time I saw that yet another donation had been made,
    I cried. I am currently elbow deep in making thank you cards to send out to
    everyone who donated. (Hint, hint: I still need mailing addresses for some of you
    donors)
     
    Anyway, thank you for
    your continuing support, sweetie! Everyone has been so exceptionally generous
    and kind. But of course Sparky fans couldn’t be anything else! So thank
    you, everyone. This has been a humbling experience, but my heart has been
    lifted so many times by all of you. As I mentioned to a Sparky fan earlier
    today, just when the light at the end of the tunnel goes dark and I’m
    hurtling blind toward lord-knows-where, the light blinks on again and
    there’s a big group of Sparky fans standing in the light with halos above
    their heads. You’re all angels.   ~Sherrie and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  19. Typepad HTML Email
    LOL, Donna! Wouldn’t
    it be wonderful if every time we needed money for this or that, we could just
    put up a donation page and wait for the moolah to roll in? Seriously, though,
    you guys came through like champs when I put up the page for Sparky’s
    medical expenses. As you may know, I guesstimated it would cost $750 for Sparky’s
    medicals. I was way off base. I’ve spent well over $1,000, with more
    check-ups and follow-up lab work yet to come. But bless all your hearts, Sparky’s
    fans came through and just kept donating beyond the original goal! I’m an
    emotional person, and every time I saw that yet another donation had been made,
    I cried. I am currently elbow deep in making thank you cards to send out to
    everyone who donated. (Hint, hint: I still need mailing addresses for some of you
    donors)
     
    Anyway, thank you for
    your continuing support, sweetie! Everyone has been so exceptionally generous
    and kind. But of course Sparky fans couldn’t be anything else! So thank
    you, everyone. This has been a humbling experience, but my heart has been
    lifted so many times by all of you. As I mentioned to a Sparky fan earlier
    today, just when the light at the end of the tunnel goes dark and I’m
    hurtling blind toward lord-knows-where, the light blinks on again and
    there’s a big group of Sparky fans standing in the light with halos above
    their heads. You’re all angels.   ~Sherrie and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  20. Typepad HTML Email
    LOL, Donna! Wouldn’t
    it be wonderful if every time we needed money for this or that, we could just
    put up a donation page and wait for the moolah to roll in? Seriously, though,
    you guys came through like champs when I put up the page for Sparky’s
    medical expenses. As you may know, I guesstimated it would cost $750 for Sparky’s
    medicals. I was way off base. I’ve spent well over $1,000, with more
    check-ups and follow-up lab work yet to come. But bless all your hearts, Sparky’s
    fans came through and just kept donating beyond the original goal! I’m an
    emotional person, and every time I saw that yet another donation had been made,
    I cried. I am currently elbow deep in making thank you cards to send out to
    everyone who donated. (Hint, hint: I still need mailing addresses for some of you
    donors)
     
    Anyway, thank you for
    your continuing support, sweetie! Everyone has been so exceptionally generous
    and kind. But of course Sparky fans couldn’t be anything else! So thank
    you, everyone. This has been a humbling experience, but my heart has been
    lifted so many times by all of you. As I mentioned to a Sparky fan earlier
    today, just when the light at the end of the tunnel goes dark and I’m
    hurtling blind toward lord-knows-where, the light blinks on again and
    there’s a big group of Sparky fans standing in the light with halos above
    their heads. You’re all angels.   ~Sherrie and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  21. Typepad HTML Email
    Hi, Artemisia. Whenever
    someone leaves a comment to my Sparky updates, Typepad sends me a notice. They
    have this new feature where you can reply to the notice and it will get posted
    in the Comments section. So that’s what I’m doing now. I hope this
    works, because the virus is preventing me from visiting any Web site! I can’t
    access the Word Wenches site, and I can’t post a Sparky Report.
     
    I do have a state-of-the-art
    security program. However the virus that attacked me is new—just a week
    old, and from what I understand, none of the antivirus programs out there—like
    Norton and McAfee—had a fix for it at the time I got infected. I am on
    automatic updates for my Norton Internet Security/Antivirus program, so the
    minute a fix becomes available, my program automatically gets updated. I also
    do a full computer scan every day, and back up my files monthly. From what I’ve
    been able to discover (before the virus blocked my ability to surf the
    Internet) this particular new virus is highly dangerous and difficult to remove.
    Only a handful of victims globally have been caught so far, and I was one of
    them. In my case it slipped right through Norton and glommed onto my computer.
    I’ve always been very careful about such things, but those viruses are
    crafty little buggers!
     
    Anyway, I am working
    on getting a replacement computer, but I don’t know how long that will
    take. What’s really eating away at me is that I cannot visit Sparky’s
    donation page to thank donors who have recently made donations. Elaine Brown,
    if you are out there, I am so grateful for your donation, and I’m sorry I
    can’t send you a proper thank you through the Sparky donation page. Once
    this is fixed, the first place I’ll visit is the donation page!  ~Sherrie
    and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  22. Typepad HTML Email
    Hi, Artemisia. Whenever
    someone leaves a comment to my Sparky updates, Typepad sends me a notice. They
    have this new feature where you can reply to the notice and it will get posted
    in the Comments section. So that’s what I’m doing now. I hope this
    works, because the virus is preventing me from visiting any Web site! I can’t
    access the Word Wenches site, and I can’t post a Sparky Report.
     
    I do have a state-of-the-art
    security program. However the virus that attacked me is new—just a week
    old, and from what I understand, none of the antivirus programs out there—like
    Norton and McAfee—had a fix for it at the time I got infected. I am on
    automatic updates for my Norton Internet Security/Antivirus program, so the
    minute a fix becomes available, my program automatically gets updated. I also
    do a full computer scan every day, and back up my files monthly. From what I’ve
    been able to discover (before the virus blocked my ability to surf the
    Internet) this particular new virus is highly dangerous and difficult to remove.
    Only a handful of victims globally have been caught so far, and I was one of
    them. In my case it slipped right through Norton and glommed onto my computer.
    I’ve always been very careful about such things, but those viruses are
    crafty little buggers!
     
    Anyway, I am working
    on getting a replacement computer, but I don’t know how long that will
    take. What’s really eating away at me is that I cannot visit Sparky’s
    donation page to thank donors who have recently made donations. Elaine Brown,
    if you are out there, I am so grateful for your donation, and I’m sorry I
    can’t send you a proper thank you through the Sparky donation page. Once
    this is fixed, the first place I’ll visit is the donation page!  ~Sherrie
    and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  23. Typepad HTML Email
    Hi, Artemisia. Whenever
    someone leaves a comment to my Sparky updates, Typepad sends me a notice. They
    have this new feature where you can reply to the notice and it will get posted
    in the Comments section. So that’s what I’m doing now. I hope this
    works, because the virus is preventing me from visiting any Web site! I can’t
    access the Word Wenches site, and I can’t post a Sparky Report.
     
    I do have a state-of-the-art
    security program. However the virus that attacked me is new—just a week
    old, and from what I understand, none of the antivirus programs out there—like
    Norton and McAfee—had a fix for it at the time I got infected. I am on
    automatic updates for my Norton Internet Security/Antivirus program, so the
    minute a fix becomes available, my program automatically gets updated. I also
    do a full computer scan every day, and back up my files monthly. From what I’ve
    been able to discover (before the virus blocked my ability to surf the
    Internet) this particular new virus is highly dangerous and difficult to remove.
    Only a handful of victims globally have been caught so far, and I was one of
    them. In my case it slipped right through Norton and glommed onto my computer.
    I’ve always been very careful about such things, but those viruses are
    crafty little buggers!
     
    Anyway, I am working
    on getting a replacement computer, but I don’t know how long that will
    take. What’s really eating away at me is that I cannot visit Sparky’s
    donation page to thank donors who have recently made donations. Elaine Brown,
    if you are out there, I am so grateful for your donation, and I’m sorry I
    can’t send you a proper thank you through the Sparky donation page. Once
    this is fixed, the first place I’ll visit is the donation page!  ~Sherrie
    and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  24. Typepad HTML Email
    Hi, Artemisia. Whenever
    someone leaves a comment to my Sparky updates, Typepad sends me a notice. They
    have this new feature where you can reply to the notice and it will get posted
    in the Comments section. So that’s what I’m doing now. I hope this
    works, because the virus is preventing me from visiting any Web site! I can’t
    access the Word Wenches site, and I can’t post a Sparky Report.
     
    I do have a state-of-the-art
    security program. However the virus that attacked me is new—just a week
    old, and from what I understand, none of the antivirus programs out there—like
    Norton and McAfee—had a fix for it at the time I got infected. I am on
    automatic updates for my Norton Internet Security/Antivirus program, so the
    minute a fix becomes available, my program automatically gets updated. I also
    do a full computer scan every day, and back up my files monthly. From what I’ve
    been able to discover (before the virus blocked my ability to surf the
    Internet) this particular new virus is highly dangerous and difficult to remove.
    Only a handful of victims globally have been caught so far, and I was one of
    them. In my case it slipped right through Norton and glommed onto my computer.
    I’ve always been very careful about such things, but those viruses are
    crafty little buggers!
     
    Anyway, I am working
    on getting a replacement computer, but I don’t know how long that will
    take. What’s really eating away at me is that I cannot visit Sparky’s
    donation page to thank donors who have recently made donations. Elaine Brown,
    if you are out there, I am so grateful for your donation, and I’m sorry I
    can’t send you a proper thank you through the Sparky donation page. Once
    this is fixed, the first place I’ll visit is the donation page!  ~Sherrie
    and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  25. Typepad HTML Email
    Hi, Artemisia. Whenever
    someone leaves a comment to my Sparky updates, Typepad sends me a notice. They
    have this new feature where you can reply to the notice and it will get posted
    in the Comments section. So that’s what I’m doing now. I hope this
    works, because the virus is preventing me from visiting any Web site! I can’t
    access the Word Wenches site, and I can’t post a Sparky Report.
     
    I do have a state-of-the-art
    security program. However the virus that attacked me is new—just a week
    old, and from what I understand, none of the antivirus programs out there—like
    Norton and McAfee—had a fix for it at the time I got infected. I am on
    automatic updates for my Norton Internet Security/Antivirus program, so the
    minute a fix becomes available, my program automatically gets updated. I also
    do a full computer scan every day, and back up my files monthly. From what I’ve
    been able to discover (before the virus blocked my ability to surf the
    Internet) this particular new virus is highly dangerous and difficult to remove.
    Only a handful of victims globally have been caught so far, and I was one of
    them. In my case it slipped right through Norton and glommed onto my computer.
    I’ve always been very careful about such things, but those viruses are
    crafty little buggers!
     
    Anyway, I am working
    on getting a replacement computer, but I don’t know how long that will
    take. What’s really eating away at me is that I cannot visit Sparky’s
    donation page to thank donors who have recently made donations. Elaine Brown,
    if you are out there, I am so grateful for your donation, and I’m sorry I
    can’t send you a proper thank you through the Sparky donation page. Once
    this is fixed, the first place I’ll visit is the donation page!  ~Sherrie
    and Sparky
     
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  26. Typepad HTML Email
    Jackie, I’m
    sorry you had to go through this with your own computer. It’s a nasty
    business, having to reinstall everything! Kudos to you for being successful at
    it!
     
    I don’t know if
    my computer is salvageable. I have absolutely no Internet access, so I can no
    longer do Word Wenches business, nor can I visit my online banking, etc. I can,
    however, still do e-mail and use Word 2003, Excel 2003, and Publisher 2003
    (yes, they’re that old). Thankfully, I can still use Photoshop CS3,
    because I use it almost daily to process Sparky pictures. I don’t know
    how long I’ll be able to use Word, etc., but I’m working on getting
    a new computer (admittedly long overdue!). Once that happens, I should be up
    and running. It won’t happen immediately, but I’m hoping to have
    this resolved by next Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed!  ~Sherrie and
    Sparky
     
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    Reply
  27. Typepad HTML Email
    Jackie, I’m
    sorry you had to go through this with your own computer. It’s a nasty
    business, having to reinstall everything! Kudos to you for being successful at
    it!
     
    I don’t know if
    my computer is salvageable. I have absolutely no Internet access, so I can no
    longer do Word Wenches business, nor can I visit my online banking, etc. I can,
    however, still do e-mail and use Word 2003, Excel 2003, and Publisher 2003
    (yes, they’re that old). Thankfully, I can still use Photoshop CS3,
    because I use it almost daily to process Sparky pictures. I don’t know
    how long I’ll be able to use Word, etc., but I’m working on getting
    a new computer (admittedly long overdue!). Once that happens, I should be up
    and running. It won’t happen immediately, but I’m hoping to have
    this resolved by next Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed!  ~Sherrie and
    Sparky
     
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    Reply
  28. Typepad HTML Email
    Jackie, I’m
    sorry you had to go through this with your own computer. It’s a nasty
    business, having to reinstall everything! Kudos to you for being successful at
    it!
     
    I don’t know if
    my computer is salvageable. I have absolutely no Internet access, so I can no
    longer do Word Wenches business, nor can I visit my online banking, etc. I can,
    however, still do e-mail and use Word 2003, Excel 2003, and Publisher 2003
    (yes, they’re that old). Thankfully, I can still use Photoshop CS3,
    because I use it almost daily to process Sparky pictures. I don’t know
    how long I’ll be able to use Word, etc., but I’m working on getting
    a new computer (admittedly long overdue!). Once that happens, I should be up
    and running. It won’t happen immediately, but I’m hoping to have
    this resolved by next Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed!  ~Sherrie and
    Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  29. Typepad HTML Email
    Jackie, I’m
    sorry you had to go through this with your own computer. It’s a nasty
    business, having to reinstall everything! Kudos to you for being successful at
    it!
     
    I don’t know if
    my computer is salvageable. I have absolutely no Internet access, so I can no
    longer do Word Wenches business, nor can I visit my online banking, etc. I can,
    however, still do e-mail and use Word 2003, Excel 2003, and Publisher 2003
    (yes, they’re that old). Thankfully, I can still use Photoshop CS3,
    because I use it almost daily to process Sparky pictures. I don’t know
    how long I’ll be able to use Word, etc., but I’m working on getting
    a new computer (admittedly long overdue!). Once that happens, I should be up
    and running. It won’t happen immediately, but I’m hoping to have
    this resolved by next Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed!  ~Sherrie and
    Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  30. Typepad HTML Email
    Jackie, I’m
    sorry you had to go through this with your own computer. It’s a nasty
    business, having to reinstall everything! Kudos to you for being successful at
    it!
     
    I don’t know if
    my computer is salvageable. I have absolutely no Internet access, so I can no
    longer do Word Wenches business, nor can I visit my online banking, etc. I can,
    however, still do e-mail and use Word 2003, Excel 2003, and Publisher 2003
    (yes, they’re that old). Thankfully, I can still use Photoshop CS3,
    because I use it almost daily to process Sparky pictures. I don’t know
    how long I’ll be able to use Word, etc., but I’m working on getting
    a new computer (admittedly long overdue!). Once that happens, I should be up
    and running. It won’t happen immediately, but I’m hoping to have
    this resolved by next Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed!  ~Sherrie and
    Sparky
     
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    Reply
  31. I understand totally. A while ago my computer got a virus and I had to take it to a repair place to fix it. Bought a new computer which also had to go there as it was an ex demo and I couldn’t get it to work. Six months later the first computer had a hard disk crash – getting old – and I cracked the screen of the new one. Most expensive part. I now have an ultra which is very portable so I’m reasonably happy. (But poorer, and I do most stuff on a tablet.)
    Hillary, asleep on my lap right now, and I are happy to donate to Sparky. I love reading about her antics.

    Reply
  32. I understand totally. A while ago my computer got a virus and I had to take it to a repair place to fix it. Bought a new computer which also had to go there as it was an ex demo and I couldn’t get it to work. Six months later the first computer had a hard disk crash – getting old – and I cracked the screen of the new one. Most expensive part. I now have an ultra which is very portable so I’m reasonably happy. (But poorer, and I do most stuff on a tablet.)
    Hillary, asleep on my lap right now, and I are happy to donate to Sparky. I love reading about her antics.

    Reply
  33. I understand totally. A while ago my computer got a virus and I had to take it to a repair place to fix it. Bought a new computer which also had to go there as it was an ex demo and I couldn’t get it to work. Six months later the first computer had a hard disk crash – getting old – and I cracked the screen of the new one. Most expensive part. I now have an ultra which is very portable so I’m reasonably happy. (But poorer, and I do most stuff on a tablet.)
    Hillary, asleep on my lap right now, and I are happy to donate to Sparky. I love reading about her antics.

    Reply
  34. I understand totally. A while ago my computer got a virus and I had to take it to a repair place to fix it. Bought a new computer which also had to go there as it was an ex demo and I couldn’t get it to work. Six months later the first computer had a hard disk crash – getting old – and I cracked the screen of the new one. Most expensive part. I now have an ultra which is very portable so I’m reasonably happy. (But poorer, and I do most stuff on a tablet.)
    Hillary, asleep on my lap right now, and I are happy to donate to Sparky. I love reading about her antics.

    Reply
  35. I understand totally. A while ago my computer got a virus and I had to take it to a repair place to fix it. Bought a new computer which also had to go there as it was an ex demo and I couldn’t get it to work. Six months later the first computer had a hard disk crash – getting old – and I cracked the screen of the new one. Most expensive part. I now have an ultra which is very portable so I’m reasonably happy. (But poorer, and I do most stuff on a tablet.)
    Hillary, asleep on my lap right now, and I are happy to donate to Sparky. I love reading about her antics.

    Reply
  36. Typepad HTML Email
    Elaine!!! I’m
    so glad to hear from you! Before my computer went kablooey, I visited Sparky’s
    donation page to write an update and to see if there were any more donations. The
    virus let me stay on the page just long enough to see that you were the latest
    donor, but before I could send you a thank you, I got locked out of the site
    and now I can’t get into any Web site. I was fretting myself to flinders,
    worried that you would think I was the rudest person for not acknowledging your
    donation or sending a thank you. And if I recall correctly, this is your SECOND
    donation! You are amazing. And kind. And wonderful. And generous. And all good
    things! Thank you, Elaine!
     
    I’m still
    unable to visit any Web sites, but thankfully Typepad has a nifty little
    feature where you can reply to the comment notices that arrive in your inbox. So
    that’s how I’m able to post replies without actually going to the
    Comments page.
     
    Your tale of your own
    computer problems made me shudder. It seems that at one time or another, most
    computer owners have a horror tale to tell. I can remember when I brought home
    my very first computer, a used one I got from work. I was so terribly excited. In
    my excitement, I used a pair of scissors to open the plastic bag that the main
    computer cord was in. Yup—sliced clean through that puppy. I stood there
    holding the two pieces of cord and wanted to cry. It was a Friday night, and I
    had to wait until Monday to get a new cord. Talk about agony! Back then I was
    so happy to have my very own computer that if I got up in the middle of the
    night to visit the restroom, I’d sneak over to the computer to see if I
    had any e-mails. And oh, how disappointed I was when I didn’t get any new
    messages!
     
    Elaine, would you
    please send me your mailing address? I’d like to send a thank you note
    and a picture of Sparky. You can send it to me privately at sholmes46 [at]
    centurytel [dot] net I’m making the cards and I’m such a
    perfectionist that it’s taking me forever to get them done! (After all,
    what would my donors think of me if I sent them a schlocky card???) *g*
     
    Anyway, Elaine, I’m
    so glad you now know why you haven’t heard from me after you made a
    donation (a SECOND donation!) on Sparky’s donation page. That little
    rascal has been in a hilarious mood lately. She zooms all over the house,
    sounding like a herd of elephants. I’m packing some things away in boxes
    and she keeps sneaking into a box and then leaping out at me. More than once
    she has startled a yelp out of me. This is the reason I always keep my camera
    close by. Wouldn’t want to miss a photo opportunity!   ~Sherrie
    and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  37. Typepad HTML Email
    Elaine!!! I’m
    so glad to hear from you! Before my computer went kablooey, I visited Sparky’s
    donation page to write an update and to see if there were any more donations. The
    virus let me stay on the page just long enough to see that you were the latest
    donor, but before I could send you a thank you, I got locked out of the site
    and now I can’t get into any Web site. I was fretting myself to flinders,
    worried that you would think I was the rudest person for not acknowledging your
    donation or sending a thank you. And if I recall correctly, this is your SECOND
    donation! You are amazing. And kind. And wonderful. And generous. And all good
    things! Thank you, Elaine!
     
    I’m still
    unable to visit any Web sites, but thankfully Typepad has a nifty little
    feature where you can reply to the comment notices that arrive in your inbox. So
    that’s how I’m able to post replies without actually going to the
    Comments page.
     
    Your tale of your own
    computer problems made me shudder. It seems that at one time or another, most
    computer owners have a horror tale to tell. I can remember when I brought home
    my very first computer, a used one I got from work. I was so terribly excited. In
    my excitement, I used a pair of scissors to open the plastic bag that the main
    computer cord was in. Yup—sliced clean through that puppy. I stood there
    holding the two pieces of cord and wanted to cry. It was a Friday night, and I
    had to wait until Monday to get a new cord. Talk about agony! Back then I was
    so happy to have my very own computer that if I got up in the middle of the
    night to visit the restroom, I’d sneak over to the computer to see if I
    had any e-mails. And oh, how disappointed I was when I didn’t get any new
    messages!
     
    Elaine, would you
    please send me your mailing address? I’d like to send a thank you note
    and a picture of Sparky. You can send it to me privately at sholmes46 [at]
    centurytel [dot] net I’m making the cards and I’m such a
    perfectionist that it’s taking me forever to get them done! (After all,
    what would my donors think of me if I sent them a schlocky card???) *g*
     
    Anyway, Elaine, I’m
    so glad you now know why you haven’t heard from me after you made a
    donation (a SECOND donation!) on Sparky’s donation page. That little
    rascal has been in a hilarious mood lately. She zooms all over the house,
    sounding like a herd of elephants. I’m packing some things away in boxes
    and she keeps sneaking into a box and then leaping out at me. More than once
    she has startled a yelp out of me. This is the reason I always keep my camera
    close by. Wouldn’t want to miss a photo opportunity!   ~Sherrie
    and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  38. Typepad HTML Email
    Elaine!!! I’m
    so glad to hear from you! Before my computer went kablooey, I visited Sparky’s
    donation page to write an update and to see if there were any more donations. The
    virus let me stay on the page just long enough to see that you were the latest
    donor, but before I could send you a thank you, I got locked out of the site
    and now I can’t get into any Web site. I was fretting myself to flinders,
    worried that you would think I was the rudest person for not acknowledging your
    donation or sending a thank you. And if I recall correctly, this is your SECOND
    donation! You are amazing. And kind. And wonderful. And generous. And all good
    things! Thank you, Elaine!
     
    I’m still
    unable to visit any Web sites, but thankfully Typepad has a nifty little
    feature where you can reply to the comment notices that arrive in your inbox. So
    that’s how I’m able to post replies without actually going to the
    Comments page.
     
    Your tale of your own
    computer problems made me shudder. It seems that at one time or another, most
    computer owners have a horror tale to tell. I can remember when I brought home
    my very first computer, a used one I got from work. I was so terribly excited. In
    my excitement, I used a pair of scissors to open the plastic bag that the main
    computer cord was in. Yup—sliced clean through that puppy. I stood there
    holding the two pieces of cord and wanted to cry. It was a Friday night, and I
    had to wait until Monday to get a new cord. Talk about agony! Back then I was
    so happy to have my very own computer that if I got up in the middle of the
    night to visit the restroom, I’d sneak over to the computer to see if I
    had any e-mails. And oh, how disappointed I was when I didn’t get any new
    messages!
     
    Elaine, would you
    please send me your mailing address? I’d like to send a thank you note
    and a picture of Sparky. You can send it to me privately at sholmes46 [at]
    centurytel [dot] net I’m making the cards and I’m such a
    perfectionist that it’s taking me forever to get them done! (After all,
    what would my donors think of me if I sent them a schlocky card???) *g*
     
    Anyway, Elaine, I’m
    so glad you now know why you haven’t heard from me after you made a
    donation (a SECOND donation!) on Sparky’s donation page. That little
    rascal has been in a hilarious mood lately. She zooms all over the house,
    sounding like a herd of elephants. I’m packing some things away in boxes
    and she keeps sneaking into a box and then leaping out at me. More than once
    she has startled a yelp out of me. This is the reason I always keep my camera
    close by. Wouldn’t want to miss a photo opportunity!   ~Sherrie
    and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  39. Typepad HTML Email
    Elaine!!! I’m
    so glad to hear from you! Before my computer went kablooey, I visited Sparky’s
    donation page to write an update and to see if there were any more donations. The
    virus let me stay on the page just long enough to see that you were the latest
    donor, but before I could send you a thank you, I got locked out of the site
    and now I can’t get into any Web site. I was fretting myself to flinders,
    worried that you would think I was the rudest person for not acknowledging your
    donation or sending a thank you. And if I recall correctly, this is your SECOND
    donation! You are amazing. And kind. And wonderful. And generous. And all good
    things! Thank you, Elaine!
     
    I’m still
    unable to visit any Web sites, but thankfully Typepad has a nifty little
    feature where you can reply to the comment notices that arrive in your inbox. So
    that’s how I’m able to post replies without actually going to the
    Comments page.
     
    Your tale of your own
    computer problems made me shudder. It seems that at one time or another, most
    computer owners have a horror tale to tell. I can remember when I brought home
    my very first computer, a used one I got from work. I was so terribly excited. In
    my excitement, I used a pair of scissors to open the plastic bag that the main
    computer cord was in. Yup—sliced clean through that puppy. I stood there
    holding the two pieces of cord and wanted to cry. It was a Friday night, and I
    had to wait until Monday to get a new cord. Talk about agony! Back then I was
    so happy to have my very own computer that if I got up in the middle of the
    night to visit the restroom, I’d sneak over to the computer to see if I
    had any e-mails. And oh, how disappointed I was when I didn’t get any new
    messages!
     
    Elaine, would you
    please send me your mailing address? I’d like to send a thank you note
    and a picture of Sparky. You can send it to me privately at sholmes46 [at]
    centurytel [dot] net I’m making the cards and I’m such a
    perfectionist that it’s taking me forever to get them done! (After all,
    what would my donors think of me if I sent them a schlocky card???) *g*
     
    Anyway, Elaine, I’m
    so glad you now know why you haven’t heard from me after you made a
    donation (a SECOND donation!) on Sparky’s donation page. That little
    rascal has been in a hilarious mood lately. She zooms all over the house,
    sounding like a herd of elephants. I’m packing some things away in boxes
    and she keeps sneaking into a box and then leaping out at me. More than once
    she has startled a yelp out of me. This is the reason I always keep my camera
    close by. Wouldn’t want to miss a photo opportunity!   ~Sherrie
    and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply
  40. Typepad HTML Email
    Elaine!!! I’m
    so glad to hear from you! Before my computer went kablooey, I visited Sparky’s
    donation page to write an update and to see if there were any more donations. The
    virus let me stay on the page just long enough to see that you were the latest
    donor, but before I could send you a thank you, I got locked out of the site
    and now I can’t get into any Web site. I was fretting myself to flinders,
    worried that you would think I was the rudest person for not acknowledging your
    donation or sending a thank you. And if I recall correctly, this is your SECOND
    donation! You are amazing. And kind. And wonderful. And generous. And all good
    things! Thank you, Elaine!
     
    I’m still
    unable to visit any Web sites, but thankfully Typepad has a nifty little
    feature where you can reply to the comment notices that arrive in your inbox. So
    that’s how I’m able to post replies without actually going to the
    Comments page.
     
    Your tale of your own
    computer problems made me shudder. It seems that at one time or another, most
    computer owners have a horror tale to tell. I can remember when I brought home
    my very first computer, a used one I got from work. I was so terribly excited. In
    my excitement, I used a pair of scissors to open the plastic bag that the main
    computer cord was in. Yup—sliced clean through that puppy. I stood there
    holding the two pieces of cord and wanted to cry. It was a Friday night, and I
    had to wait until Monday to get a new cord. Talk about agony! Back then I was
    so happy to have my very own computer that if I got up in the middle of the
    night to visit the restroom, I’d sneak over to the computer to see if I
    had any e-mails. And oh, how disappointed I was when I didn’t get any new
    messages!
     
    Elaine, would you
    please send me your mailing address? I’d like to send a thank you note
    and a picture of Sparky. You can send it to me privately at sholmes46 [at]
    centurytel [dot] net I’m making the cards and I’m such a
    perfectionist that it’s taking me forever to get them done! (After all,
    what would my donors think of me if I sent them a schlocky card???) *g*
     
    Anyway, Elaine, I’m
    so glad you now know why you haven’t heard from me after you made a
    donation (a SECOND donation!) on Sparky’s donation page. That little
    rascal has been in a hilarious mood lately. She zooms all over the house,
    sounding like a herd of elephants. I’m packing some things away in boxes
    and she keeps sneaking into a box and then leaping out at me. More than once
    she has startled a yelp out of me. This is the reason I always keep my camera
    close by. Wouldn’t want to miss a photo opportunity!   ~Sherrie
    and Sparky
     
    From: TypePad

    Reply

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