I've been away for a bit. Not away from the computer. I've been away from doing anything useful exept trying to cure the computer for the last 36 hours and have emerged triumphant. On Thursday night my Norton anti-virus software decided that the Norton Firewall was a virus and quarantined it. It refused to allow any access to it even to uninstall all Norton programmes completely. Big up to Richard at PC Peace of Mind - firstname.lastname@example.org who talked me down and then through the process for downloading the softare to remove the programmes that had ceased protecting my computer and started attacking it.
A computer which is attacked by its own immune system can only be described as suffering from advanced HIV.
I now have free anti-virus and firewall protection and a computer that once again does the few simple things I ask of it. Nothing Norton anywhere. Or Symantec. Now I need to sleep without undertaking mental downloads.
I'll be blogging properly tomorrow then. Laters.