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How to JOIN quilting block swaps Australia

Hello and thank you for visiting. This is a community group for all Australian quilters to join or just follow. Membership is FREE and you are partnered each month and we make each other a 12 inch quilt block based on our preferences which we swap. (12.5 inches raw edge to raw edge) The emphasis of the group is on friendship and sharing. To find out more or register to join email me on This purpose of this blog is to chat and showcase blocks and quilts made by members, kind of like a show and tell . Yours in stitching, Sue

Monday, February 25, 2013

My computer is back home.

My computer is back home from the computer hospital with all nasty viruses gone. YAY.  I am so lucky that no data has been lost, but my computer has been restored to its original factory settings so I need to spend some time and get it all back how I like it.

Lessons I have learned.

1.  Back up your computer
DH and I had NEVER backed up anything, so we are very lucky that we have not lost any thing.  We have now purchased an external hard drive and I will diligently back up weekly.

2. Ensure that your virus protection is up to date.
We thought ours was but it turns out that it was about a year out of date and was not keeping up with all of the nasties that are sent around the Internet.

So what happened you may ask...

I was opening and reading my emails as you do, in the normal manner and one of the websites that I love and regularly purchase fabric from had sent me an email about a sale, so of course I clicked on the link to have a look and enjoy some eye candy - retail therapy web based.  And WHAM, my computer froze.  I tried to shut down on the little X - no luck, so tried Cntrl Alt Delete - no luck so I just switched it off.

On rebooting the computer a message came up that I had a catastrophic error.  gulp.....

The repair man said that the virus was a Trojan, and had probably been lying idle in my computer waiting to strike.  It was nothing to do with the website that I was visiting, ( thank goodness), so I can feel safe to continue to shop with them.

So I have a bit of arranging and updating to do getting everything back to familiar and I should be able to get the March swap partnerships out on time this weekend.


Sooli said...

Very, very lucky! Sneaky trojan viruses. Wish people would find something more constructive to do with their time..... like quilt! Glad your computer is all fixed again.

Michell K said...

I had the supposide blue screen of death about 18mths ago and thought there goes everything as I to had not backed up anything. Photos were the exception as was printing them to and a lot were on facebook. I thought I had no hope when i took it in to the computer tech, but he saved it with minimal files lost and now everything is backed up. But saying that a friend had her external hard drive crash too as lost eveything. When I was studying a few years ago I saved 3 copies of everything to be safe

Lynne said...

Very lucky indeed!