Sidetracked by Malware

On Thursday evening, with a mere 300 words left to write to hit my NaNo-target, Chrome crashed and wouldn’t restart. When it finally did, it was locked into starting with some stupid search engine homepage and no way of switching back to start with previous session. I got that fixed and spent about an hour setting my tabs up again (no further writing done that day).

Friday, the exact same thing happens. And now I’m pissed. I don’t mind these hijackers as long as all they do is insert some popups and try to make me use their search engine but touching my sessions is unacceptable. I keep about two dozen or so pages, mostly forums or stories, open at all time, many of which have no easy way to go anywhere other than first or last page. So, now we’re at war.

Turns out, the hijacker I thought I’d removed about four years ago, has been real busy. I got about 12k hits with some stupid software that wouldn’t remove them unless I bought a subscription first. Yay! Queue days of chasing down folders and registry keys. Finally came up clean Sunday night. Whether I actually am remains to be seen.

 

Genuinely Lost Writing for the First Time

Nano’s been going great so far and the story is coming along well, too. It did try to rebel when I got too excited about the ending of a scene to focus on its beginning. But it’s all good now and we’re back on track. Up to a little over 8k now. First three chapters are up on Wattpad.

Out of fear for further bluescreens, I’ve been writing in Shaxpir and, until today, I loved it. The program structure fits my style well and feels very smooth. Yesterday, I forgot to export the document after I finished and today it won’t sync. That’s a whole chapter down the drain. Considering the state of my laptop, I don’t blame Shaxpir. Should I end up switching machines, after all, I’ll install it again. Until then, there are two chapter twos in the last document I exported. For NaNo purposes only. I wrote those words and I’m counting them, even if I have to rewrite them now.  I even remember most of what I wrote…