Tech woes abound…
I am a terrible, terrible procrastinator. It’s why this blog isn’t as active as it should be. My downfall, like so many other people, is the internet.
Refreshing the Facebook newsfeed, clicking on obscure hashtags, watching other people argue over comment sections… I fool myself I probably would have the Great Irish Novel written by now if the internet hadn’t been invented, but before the internet came to my door I also used every tool at my disposal to avoid what I was meant to be doing. That included playing Snake, drawing maps of imaginary places and, on one memorable occasion, attempting to read the dictionary.
So, when I heard that there were programmes that block the internet for hours at a time, I leapt on board. I downloaded one called Cold Turkey, and for a while all was well. Until earlier this week, when it asked me to install the latest version. This I did, but uh-oh! It whined “Install did not complete, please reinstall me” or words to that effect (the “me” soon began to raise my hackles). I clicked OK, thinking it would go away, but the pop-up returned again and again.
Completely deleting the programme did not end my woes. It turned out that there were traces of Cold Turkey left in my laptop’s system. So how to rid myself of the pop-up?
And there was worse news. Not only had Cold Turkey begun to bug my feathers off, it had continued to block all those oh-so-distracting sites. Permanently. Unblocking Facebook, Twitter et al proved tricky.
Auntie Google pointed me to Tech Support Forum, where I must thank a user called Spunk Funk whose advice worked. So here’s what to do, if you ever find yourself in this bind:
However, I ran into another problem when I tried to save the Wordpad file; it kept saying access denied. Even if you are the only person who has ever used your laptop since it rolled off the factory line, you probably don’t have permission to modify important files like the host file. There are two things you have to do; first comes courtesy of Jenae on the Tech Support Forum;
And the other, which finally freed my computer of Cold Turkey, comes from the Microsoft forum:
If you’re lost for a name to put in the objects field, I just put in User and it worked. Et voila! I had rid my laptop of its association with Cold Turkey and could stare at the Facebook newsfeed again.
I now feel pretty cautious about downloading any “productivity” programmes again; it took me over an hour to get rid of Cold Turkey, being quite dense about technology; an hour I could have been writing! While I don’t believe the programme to be a virus, it’s still a big gamble to take to allow something such pervading access to your browser. From now on, I’m going to have to rely on my willpower to get things done. Oh dear.