Last night while following up on an illegal torrent for Boneshaker,* I clicked what looked like a legitimate link in gmail and ended up completely killing my laptop. The link was a switch; malware invaded; and in the end, the only thing we could do was a complete reinstall of the whole damn system.
I lost … well … some stuff. Images, links, downloads. About four years of them – also a little music, but not very much, as it turns out. And because I am a neurotic backing-up fiend, I didn’t lose any of my works-in-progress, which is a relief. Even so, I lost some older material I’d been sitting on — stuff I was thinking about revisiting, maybe. Stuff I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue or not.
Well. Okay then. Clean slate. I probably won’t know the extent of what’s lost for weeks, as little things I want-but-only-sometimes-access are no longer right within reach. Which sucks.
I’m not looking for suggestions. The wipe has occurred; the damage is done; and I’m trying to put everything back in order. Very little that was lost cannot be replaced. I’d meant to do a great cleansing/purge when I finally had the money to pick up a new laptop anyway. I just didn’t want to do one … like this.
Edited to add: We’re about 90-95% back in business over here. Back up early, back up often, people. The restoration went faster than anticipated (only took a few hours). It could’ve been much, much worse.
* When I’m alerted to these, I pass the links along to Tor as I’ve been instructed. On this occasion, I’ve already gone back and warned my contact not to click through or open anything in my last email. I didn’t realize the problem until it was too late.