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Got a new computer from Best Buy (2019)

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After my Windows 7 computer died in March of 2015, I got a Hewlett-Packard Windows 8.1 computer from Walmart:


[HP Pavilion 500-223w Desktop PC with Intel Core i3-4130 Processor, 8GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 8.1]

Avast screwed up my computer in May of 2018 and the PC magically healed itself, but it never quite acted right after that. I guess my free Avast subscription must have expired or something about a month ago because it kept being blank and not doing anything when I opened it. I uninstalled it, but of course, Avast acts like a virus and blocks the Windows anti-virus from working after Avast has been uninstalled. I wasn't going to fiddle with the registry and risk messing up my computer to fix the problem, so I didn't have any anti-virus protection. I should have re-downloaded Avast, but I was sick of using an anti-virus program that acts like a virus.

My old version of Firefox was giving me problems. It was slow so I disabled some add-ons. It wouldn’t load properly after restarting it, so I uninstalled it and downloaded the latest version of Firefox. I forgot that I didn’t have No-Script running and Googled how to get the tabs at the bottom, then got a virus. I unplugged my external hard drive as fast as I could and I couldn’t turn my computer off so I yanked the plug from it. [The Best Buy guy thinks I downloaded a fake version of Firefox from a lookalike web site (thanks to money-grubbing ad happy Google) and got the virus that way instead of visiting an infected web page.]

My sister and I went to Best Buy to see what our options were. The guys at Best Buy were trying to talk me into getting my computer fixed, but once I said it was windows 8.1, they quickly changed their minds and said "oh yeah, you do need a new computer." We had a little over $200 left on the Best Buy Card, so we used $200 of that and the rest on my sister's credit card. Here is the 64-bit computer that we ended up getting:



HP - Pavilion Desktop - Intel Core i3 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive - HP Finish In Natural Silver $529.99





Model: 590-P0054




Windows 10 operating system



Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.




8th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-8100 processor



Smart quad-core, eight-way processing performance.




8GB system memory for advanced multitasking



Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.




DVD/CD burner



Reads and writes to a variety of media formats, including DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW.




1TB hard drive and 128GB solid state drive (SSD) for a blend of storage space and speed



The hard drive provides ample storage, while the SSD delivers faster start-up times and data access.




Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer



Supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.




4 SuperSpeed 5Gbs USB 3.1 ports



Ultra-fast data connections to transfer large files rapidly.




4 USB 2.0 ports



Quick plug-and-play connectivity for your devices and accessories.


This seems to be the same one at Amazon:


Roadrunner mentioned Webroot in my status update while I was away from AtariAge and that’s what the main helpful guy at Best Buy recommended, so we got It for a year. It's nice to have confirmation that we got the right thing.

The plan is to put Webroot on the new PC, put the hard drive from my virus-infected computer into an enclosure (turning it into an external hard drive), plug that into the new computer with a USB cable, then use Webroot to kill the virus. I’ll get any files that I need off that hard drive that I haven’t already made back ups of on another external hard drive. Problem is Best Buy didn’t have any hard drive enclosures. I guess I’ll have to order it from Amazon. Please post the one you think might work.

Even after the guy carried the computer out to the car, I still kind of felt like somebody kicked me in the stomach and punched me in the chest. It’s nice to have a new computer, but since I can’t remember anything useful, it will be hard to start all over again and try to get a few of my favorite programs installed and set up the way I like them.

After Best Buy, my sister extended my birthday fun. We went to a Mexican restaurant, then we went to Dave and Busters to play Wednesday half price games. We played air hockey, ski ball, a couple basketball games, a sit down Jurassic Park game where you shoot dinosaurs, and a couple random other games. I felt better after that.

Update (2019y_05m_05d)
My sister was able to go back and get an $85 credit because they had a sale on the computer a couple of days after we bought it. The previous price was $529.99. The sale price was $449.99.

I've been slowly recreating my life:


Most of those programs are now installed on my new PC. A few more to go. Maybe the latest version of Stella will work on this computer.

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