Well, I did a daft thing.
Yesterday I was searching for V4 writing poses (for Daz), basically, I wanted a nice pose of V4 sitting down, writing in a notebook. I could not find anything by web searching, so I thought I’d image search and work backwards. I found a pose that was close enough, and tried to visit the page it was on.
On doing this, an .exe file offered to install itself on my computer. I said to myself, “Self, that is clearly a virus. Hit no, and get off of this site post-haste!”
Unfortunately, my fingers were on red alert, and got a bit too hyperactive. We hit Yes instead of No, and what unleashed on my computer was the most hellish virus I’ve ever encountered.
Adware everywhere. Constant screen hijacks. Error messages, telling me to call the Microsoft helpline (I wonder if people do that?). And, probably the most amusing part of it all, a fake blue screen of death. It actually generated a webpage that looked like a blue screen of death. It also blocked my internet, making it impossible for me to even get on sites like google. On the Windows menu, instead of Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, etc, there was only one option “Install further software”. It was such an intrusive and comprehensive fuck up of my computer I went so far as to tape cardboard over my webcam, that’s how freaked out I got.
It was at this point I had to think of the greater good. There was no getting out of this, so I did a system restore. Oh, and I may have moaned about Windows 10 before, but massive kudos to them for figuring out a way reset all the apps/programmes to factory settings and leave all documents on there.
So now I have to go through the painful process of re-installing all the Sims games. And Sims 2 was a particular bastard to install. And no, the complete collection is not available in the UK. I have to go disc by disc by disc. (4 discs for the original programme, 2 discs for each EP, and 1 disc for each SP.)
I did back up my Sims 2 neighbourhood, but not my Sims 3 one. I couldn’t remember how, and was too freaked out to look it up on my phone. But! On poking around in My Documents, it looks like all of the My Documents parts of Sims 2 and 3 are still there, so we may have a seamless transition (provided I can get TS2 installed again).
Annoyingly, I did lose all of my Paint Shop Pro stuff, which is a bit depressing. Years of collecting nice brushes and textures and things like that. Still, could be worse. I could have lost everything due to a misclick.
TL;DR: I’m an idiot.