Michelle’s Computer Woes and Vlogging Complications

For over a year now I have been flirting with the idea of becoming a vlogger and even once uploaded videos that I have since deleted out of shame, but you may have noticed that there has been no real progressed made on that front.

What’s my hang-up?

It once again comes down to editing software…but perhaps in a different way than you might expect.

I was tagged a while ago by Steph from Cover2CoverBlog to do the Taylor Swift tag. I wanted to do it in video format because I had watched a few and I figured a tag video would be a good place to start experimenting with some of the intricacies of filming and editing. I had an entire shoot of me doing it and then went to download the video editing software that had been recommended to me from someone on Twitter.

And that’s when it went all wrong.

I went to CNET to download it and clicked download. Little did I know at the time that I was clicking on sneaky little ad instead of the real download button. I thought I was still downloading from CNET, despite all the warnings from my computer that perhaps the file couldn’t be trusted. Very stupid, I know now.

It didn’t take long before I realized that I had not downloaded the editing software, but some really strange program. I panicked. I went to remove the software and tried restoring my computer’s settings to a previous date.

I thought it turned out okay but my computer began to progressively act strange until it got to the point that I couldn’t use Chrome whatsoever without random pages popping up and a Chrome plugin refusing to be deleted for good. I quickly bought and used virus protection software (again, hindsight is 20/20…should I have had that before, yes. Did I think I was going to have all this happen, no. Lesson learned). I performed lots of advanced scans on my computer and the virus protection software didn’t seem to identify any viruses. And yet the issues persisted.

My fiance performed a better search of the computer and discovered that I had something called root virus, or a rootkit. It hides as if it’s part of the computer’s operating system, giving it privileged access and preventing it from being removed. One way to quickly tell if you have one: If you go to the add/remove programs part of your control panel (speaking PCs here), if you have programs that have “” or ** as the totality of its Publisher name, it’s likely a root virus. Try removing it. If it says you need administrator privileges to do so (and you’re clearly the administrator of your own PC) then it is most definitely one.

It seems to me that these viruses grow and replicate and basically take up even more space. There are rootkit removers, but so far we haven’t had much luck actually removing them.

Not having a reliable, working computer is sort of an issue when you want to be an active blogger and an experimental vlogger. I am still unsure that even if I had the right editing software that I would know how to use it. It’s pretty confusing and not very beginner-friendly. Almost everyone recommends iMovie, which doesn’t do me a whole lot of good with just having PCs. I’m still totally open to any suggestions for editing software because I really don’t want to just upload a long and rambling video of me without some jump cuts at the very least.

My lessons learned thus far:

  • Have virus protection software.
  • Use an adblocker.
  • Listen to when your computer tries warning you about downloading a program.


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What do you think?

  • That sucks Michelle! Computer problems are the worse, especially for a blogger :(

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      Yeah, it’s so frustrating. We thought that the fix worked but it looks like it didn’t. I think the next move is to bring it to the experts and see what they can do with it…or just wipe the computer to factory settings just to have it working.

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