A Little Late Summer Cleaning

Because spring cleaning never happened. While searching my site for malware the other day, I also did a little maintenance removing all the old and unneeded files from my site. I thought I should do so for my others sites and my computer as well, as it’s long overdue. I ran WP-Optimize on my WordPress and it got the file down to 2 MB, when it had been over 15 MB. That made it much easier it download. I finally updated my WordPress because I haven’t in a very long time (and I don’t like the new look WP, or the font post text box). Next I cleaned up my desktop which was completely covered in files, and changed the wallpaper. It actually wasn’t the one in the sidebar at the bottom of the page, I’ve had several different wallpapers since then.


Then I cleared out a folder on my computer, but that’s all I’m going to take that slowly, because just that one was annoying enough. This is why my computer and domains get so cluttered, but I hate tedious things! After that I ran CCleaner, now I’m running Windows Defender, then after that Malwarebytes scan, and Norton scan. This is going to take forever. But you can never be too careful. I’m also have a lot to do with my browsers too. I finally closed all my Firefox windows (I had about 25 open) and I’ve cut down on my Chrome windows (only 19 open right now!) as well. I’ve also exported my bookmarks to both Delicious and Google, and I’m clear out the ones actually on the computer. I have over 1000, many of them Pinterest pages (I don’t know why I didn’t just re-pin the images I liked, instead of bookmarking hundreds of pages, but I did).

My technology aren’t the only ones getting work done today, my poor Allie cat had to have some maintenance of her own. Her brush just isn’t good enough for her, it’s more suited to short haired cats and can’t get the undercoat, and my senile old lady isn’t cleaning herself as thoroughly as she used to. That means she’s getting lumps. So I gave up on her brush, and tried the fine toothed end of a comb I never used. OMG I didn’t know she had that much fur on her! I don’t know how she has any left after all the brushing I did. Clump after clump of all fur came off her. I’m still not done, and I haven’t gotten any of the matted fur off her yet, because she’s a cat and very disagreeable. She somewhat put up with it for a while because she likes getting brushed, but she didn’t like the comb getting caught on her. And she also doesn’t like to stay in one place while getting brushed, and constantly moves around, making it very difficult. I’ve got many a scratch on me now from trying to make her sit still.

Mommy dearest didn’t call this weekend despite her saying “I can’t go that long without talking to you!!!eleventy” :side: (I just realized I don’t have a sufficient eye roll smiley…) She’s gone weeks without talking to me before, I know she can last a weekend. Maybe she’ll call today. I need to know whether she’s really going through with this or not, because there are things I’d have to do before moving, like having my last baby tooth pulled. :hick:

And Irene Is My Mother’s Middle Name

I didn’t find out about Hurricane Irene’s path until yesterday. I knew there was a hurricane coming, but I just thought hurricane + August = normal. I know it was headed to the eastern coast until yesterday. It’s a good thing my plan to go to Maryland didn’t come to fruition. Randy has vacation time right now, and my mom and I had wanted to go to Ocean City. Randy didn’t want to, and they went somewhere in PA instead. Thank God for that! My father’s side of the family lives in Maryland, so I got on Facebook for the first time in a while yesterday to see what was going on there. The hurricane isn’t affecting us much here, we’re just getting clouds from it, and it’s a little windy. Central and western PA are getting some storms and rain.

I had a bad night and morning on Thursday and Friday. I got two troubles from TFL saying my domain had been marked as an attack site. They didn’t say by who or give me any information about it. Google wasn’t blocking my domain, and I wasn’t getting any warnings from Norton. I spent 6 hours combing through every file and folder in my account and found nothing out of the ordinary. I submitted my sites to Norton and they marked them as clean. Finally, when Googling my domain I happened upon McAfee SiteAdvisor. McAfee itself didn’t mark the site as bad, but due to one bad rating by someone they consider to be a trusted, experienced reviewer (and who looks to me to be a spammer, due to the sheer volume of sites they review, and the fact they post the same review over and over again) they listed my site as risky. All the review said was “Reported http://www.malwaredomains.com/” I checked all of malwaredomains.com’s list and my site didn’t appear on any of them. And I don’t see how my domain could be mistaken for any on there because I didn’t find any similar ones. Maybe something I said pissed the reviewer off and they did that to get back at me.

I don’t think it’s right that McAfee let’s people ruin a sites reputation without confirming what they said is true. I also don’t think the kind of reviews that person leaves are appropriate. Doesn’t McAfee have rules for reviewing? Why are users allowed to leave one word reviews? Reviewers should be required to actually review. If they say something is wrong with the site they should have to say what is wrong, where it is, what they were doing. And all reviews should have to be unique. Users shouldn’t be able to post the same review for every site. McAfee is one of the worst anti-virus programs and their site is obviously unreliable. I don’t understand why anyone uses them, when there’s Kaspersky, and even Norton. Norton may not be wonderful, but it gets the job done.

I contacted McAfee to dispute my sites rating, explaining that no other sites had found any problems with my domain, and that my site didn’t appear on any of malwaredomains.com’s listed, and that it doesn’t seem like it ever did. When I got on later someone from McAfee had gotten back to me, and my sites rating was fixed. At least their reply was prompt, and they fixed the problem quickly, though it could have been avoided altogether with more stringent rules. People deserve to be protected from malware and bad sites, but site owners deserve to be protected from unjust attacks on their reputation as well.

I don’t know if McAfee was the problem or not, because TFL hasn’t gotten back to me (all the responsibility is on the webmasters to reply and get everything done quickly, not the staff). But hopefully all this is resolved now.

Here’s What’s Going On

I’m doing this is a little earlier than I said I would, but the Psycho Patrol post is now public, with some parts removed. Edit: I am trying to edit the post and make it public but the stupid thing won’t save, it keeps timing out. Edit again: Okay, I just tried to post this, and it’s either my host or somethings wrong with WordPress because this won’t post either. Last Edit: Finally I got all of that updated. Took an hour to do it.

My mom called today and I asked her about that woman and she said that lady is definitely not coming now, and I can move in to Randy’s place in a week or so. First she has to clean up the “blue room” (called so because Randy painted it blue) for me. In terms of bedroom space I am actually downgrading, the blue room is half the size of Cynthia’s smallest bedroom, but Cynthia’s is an actual house and Randy owns a townhouse. As I said in the Psycho Patrol post it’s in a very lovely area, there’s air conditioning, Dish Network, internet, and lot’s of room for Allie to run around.

I’ve wanted Randy’s place since I stayed there for a week or so around my 16th birthday. While I fantasized about it many times I never thought I’d actually get to live there (of course when I imagined it the place was mine alone). This is actually the second time I (if I actually do, this all depends on my mother who is notoriously unreliable) have gotten to live in a place I’ve imagined living in, though in a different way. For a couple I had imagined living in the apartment I lived in when I was 5, before we moved to Arizona for the first time. And when I was 17 I got to move in to that house, though it was in the apartment downstairs. It ended up being horrible, and I after Wdisney moved in I moved back in with my great aunt Cynthia. I’m hoping this turns out much better.

Edit: I said I wouldn’t edit again, but I have to because I completely forgot: Mommy dearest has come up in the world since being with Randy. Randy has vacation time this week, so they’re going away for the weekend. I won’t say where since this isn’t private. Oh, and she got a kick out of me calling him Brigham Young. She said “I don’t do that”. I was like “what, a couple more women and you could have your own TV show!” :biggrin:

Randy has Verizon internet but even if I do move in there in a week I don’t have how long it’ll take me to get online with my computer because he may not know the code for the wireless, and I don’t know how well the wireless will work. It’s a townhouse, three floors, with the wireless router on the bottom floor. My computer will be on the third floor, and while it is a laptop I can’t move it around because it’s plug is messed up so I can’t be continuously plugging it in and unplugging it. So, once again I am saying… I’ll hopefully have internet in the next couple weeks. *sobbing* The state of the internet at the moment? I’ve gotten past Comcast’s blockade, but it’s still so I have to stay in a certain position for the internet to (sort of) work. It very temperamental and the slightest change can make it stop working, and it gets painful after a while.

I’ve set Netflix to streaming only for now, since the price for streaming and renting is going up. I hope they don’t erase my DVD queue because I’m going to switch it back after I put a dent in my streaming list. They didn’t when I put my account on hold, so they better not now. I have made a backup list in case they do though. I was very dismayed to find the animated Batman series aren’t streaming! I decided I wanted to start one since I’m such a big Dark Knight fan, Christopher Nolan’s third Batman movie was filming here, AND he said it’s the last one… I found that really disappointing, I wanted to seem more villains.

When I get stable internet back, besides watching Netflix, anime, and reading manga I have to update my Best Adoptables list. I’m a member of new adoptables sites now (some with really great sprites like World of Umbria), and my opinion has changed in different ways, some better some worse. Kingdom of Knuffel – much better. Magistream – much worse, stay away from this site! Some are the same, Subeta is still awesome, and so is VDex Project, two very good sites. Subeta had a plot in early August (plus we’re getting into event time and then it’ll be practially EVENTS NON STOP) and I did well enough considering the internet problems I was having. Oh, yeah and my Subetaversary is coming up! I don’t get anything for this one (for certain anniversaries you get a loyalty box and with it you can get another pet spot, or paint a pet any color you want, etc), but it’s still exciting! And VDex… Wish Jirachi Tanabata event in July, now we’re having three weeks of events (specially colored Shinx, Ponyta ending tomorrow, Pikachu after that), then an Absol event in September, and Litwick for Halloween. *more sobbing* They’re extremely simple, it’s just refreshing, but it gets mind numbing.