Computers are an essential part of Digital Photography

Writing has taken a back seat as editing of a wedding I second shot, and issues with computer viruses have taken up a great deal of my on screen time the last two weeks.

Using a system which incorporates both an HP desktop, running Windows 7, and an HP laptop, running Vista, each system became in turn subject to insidious virus attacks.

Error codes?  Yeah, I had error codes…

Luckily, having a second system helped a great deal as the second system was often required just to be able to do some google searches on what was effecting the other computer.

Each PC was running a slightly different operating system and they were not simultaneously on the fritz.  Yay!

Each system was running the McAfee antivirus suite, provided free of additional charge courtesy of the $50 per month Cox, my ISP (Internet Service Provider) charges for internet access…

McAfee could not find and allowed these viruses into both my systems…

My girlfriends PC was also infected in the last two weeks.

These attacks kept the PCs from running many, most, or some programs, and or from connecting to the internet and or corrupting various system files…

Fun?

My gf had to lose use of her Windows-based PC for a few days and pay an on-line fixer over $100 to get her system operating again.

On the suggestion of a fellow photographer, who is also a computer programmer, I am now running ESET antivirus…

ESET was able to find many infections in my system, several of which seemed to be in a Java 6 area…. among other areas…  which McAfee was unable to find even with a complete system scan…

These and a bunch of other steps, plus, in the case of my desktop, thanks to Costco’s Concierge Service, which is free of charge for some fairly long period… I was able to get my PC back up after only about day’s wrangling.

The moral?

We gotta have PCs or Macs to be able to be digital photographers.  It kind of comes with the DSLR…

As we need a couple of camera bodies, we may also need a couple of PCs and backups to keep on providing service.

Do find your own ways to back up.

It’s good to be back up and running.  Wish me luck with the ESET.

Keep those Windows updates coming Mr. Gates …


 

 

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