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#1 Edited by AURON570 (1674 posts) -

Okay does anyone else's parents do this? I'm kind of fed up, need to vent, and I'm curious if other parents do this.

Whenever there is something wrong with my computer (that I can't fix on my own), he checks it and always asks me if I installed anything that might have caused it. Obviously I say no, because after growing up with computers, and having viruses and re-formats in the past, I'm pretty smart about keeping a clean computer. Then my dad ALWAYS asks, "did you install online games?" And of course I say yes... And then he ALWAYS says, "Oh that's it, your games are downloading viruses somehow"

And now he is trying to install Microsoft Office on a new laptop for me, and he was using Internet Explorer to check something, and it froze. And he asks me again if I installed anything on it yet. And yes I have, but I know what I'm doing. Then I tell him to use Chrome instead (which I installed), and a few minutes later he says to me, "Oh, Chrome is bad, I heard about it causing bugs, and I think it's trying to interfere with IE, so that's why IE isn't working." I actually wanted to scream, "NO ONE USES FUCKING IE ANYMORE U IDIOT" Then he proceeded to install Firefox and use that instead of Chrome..

Honestly I don't understand why he thinks everything I install is a virus or could cause viruses. What's funny is that my dad is also a computer engineer.

Edit: Alright, just to say, it's not like this happens on a regular basis, but it's happened enough over the past several years that I'm starting to think by default he just blames me and thinks I'm not being careful enough.

Edit: Okay for those asking why I don't install office myself. I would install it myself, but in an effort to save money, the copy of office my dad is trying to install isn't retail, it's from his work, and he needs to do something to get it validated I think. The reason he gets it from work is because the company provides office for home use, so people can work from home. From what he tells me, most people at the company take advantage of this to put office on their family computers... I don't know how.. but I trust he knows what he's doing.

#2 Posted by handlas (2679 posts) -

Just be honest and say you got viruses from looking at porn.

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@AURON570 said:

Honestly I don't understand why he thinks everything I install is a virus or could cause viruses. What's funny severely depressing is that my dad is also a computer engineer.

This post has now been fact-checked for accuracy.

#4 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4496 posts) -

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

#5 Posted by myketuna (1693 posts) -

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

This man is a harbinger of truth.

#6 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

Does he also keep 'infected' HDDs in an airtight box so the viruses can't infect anything else?

#7 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

My dad used to think that, because I spent so much time on the internet he assumed I downloaded every single virus there is.

#8 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Whenever there was something wrong with my PC when I was a kid my uncle used to tease me "You downloaded some virus again huh?" He's a big joker. Funny guy. Pisses me off from time to time but he's a good guy.

#9 Posted by Nightriff (5079 posts) -

STOP LOOKING AT PORN!!!!!

#10 Posted by ManU_Fan10ne (662 posts) -

My mom thinks that i cause all of the viruses. On the other hand, my dad know a few things about computers, so he knows wassup. he still insists on using IE because he doesnt want to get used to another browser. eventually, i will convince him.

#11 Posted by MisterSamMan (364 posts) -

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

The worst part is when my family begins recommending me to their friends. It's truly a curse.

#12 Posted by TheHT (11242 posts) -

I couldn't play Diablo 2 because my dad thought having it installed was using up all the RAM. Oh the old days of not knowing any better.

Solution: get your own computer.

#13 Posted by PillClinton (3291 posts) -

@MisterSamMan said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

The worst part is when my family begins recommending me to their friends. It's truly a curse.

Goddamnit, I hate that so much!

#14 Posted by Indiana_Jenkins (389 posts) -

@PillClinton said:

@MisterSamMan said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

The worst part is when my family begins recommending me to their friends. It's truly a curse.

Goddamnit, I hate that so much!

The truly worst part is that we can't say no.

#15 Posted by Swoxx (2999 posts) -

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

I know your pain brother. Fixing moronic errors is something I do not have the patience for. I would've been a horrible teacher.

#16 Posted by MegaLombax (390 posts) -

Cut your dad some slack. It's not a nice feeling having a kid who thinks you're an idiot. Also, if you're as smart as you say you are, you should stop watching porn.

#17 Posted by AURON570 (1674 posts) -

@Skeetlejuice: Of course I'm grateful for my parents supporting me, but that's not the point. I'm not a kid and I know how to watch for viruses, how to browse safely and take general care of a computer. So I just don't understand why he always thinks it's my fault for something like IE freezing and jumps to conclusions like Chrome caused it or TF2 caused it, when in reality it's probably caused by something random that neither of us caught.

#18 Posted by MikkaQ (10288 posts) -

It's always been the other way around of them asking me for computer help at every possible turn. It used to bother me, but they've taught me so much I ought to be willing to give back. I've accepted my role as their sole free tech support option.

#19 Posted by Ben_H (3354 posts) -
@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE 
 
Fix something for someone. They break it. "You broke my computer".  
 
Or they ask about why things won't work and so on even though I've never seen it before. And my dad runs computer networks at work yet he still needs my help with the basics.
#20 Posted by Cramsy (1168 posts) -

You dad is probably the one on the unsafe porn sites and is just looking for an excuse to throw you off the scent.

#21 Edited by envane (1163 posts) -

@AURON570: just get your own computer :P

#22 Posted by John1912 (1884 posts) -

@mandude said:

Does he also keep 'infected' HDDs in an airtight box so the viruses can't infect anything else?

Nice

#23 Posted by Hunter5024 (5670 posts) -

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

I'm the computer guy who actually doesn't know very much about computers. I do know how to do a damn google search though, so I get called to solve every problem there is.

#24 Posted by supamon (1333 posts) -

@Indiana_Jenkins said:

@PillClinton said:

@MisterSamMan said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

The worst part is when my family begins recommending me to their friends. It's truly a curse.

Goddamnit, I hate that so much!

The truly worst part is that we can't say no.

Aye. This be the truth.

#25 Posted by selbie (1903 posts) -

@Cramsy said:

You dad is probably the one on the unsafe porn sites and is just looking for an excuse to throw you off the scent.

LOL, he'd be the one clicking on the "A VIRUS HAS BEEN DETECTED, CLICK HERE FOR 100% CLEAN" spam ads and then believes that the computer is virus free from then on.

#26 Posted by L1GHTN1N (456 posts) -
@supamon said:

@Indiana_Jenkins said:

@PillClinton said:

@MisterSamMan said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

The worst part is when my family begins recommending me to their friends. It's truly a curse.

Goddamnit, I hate that so much!

The truly worst part is that we can't say no.

Aye. This be the truth.

This used to be for me... until I found a family friend who is about/more tech savvy than me. Anytime someone has an issue I say "I'm not sure, maybe ask X?" and have managed to elevate him as the tech guy in my family. I still help my parents but no one else, and it's truly a wonderfully freeing feeling.
 
Sometimes I lie awake at night thinking about what I've done and the pain I've caused him, but I did what needed to be done and have no regrets about it.
#27 Posted by Zomgfruitbunnies (783 posts) -

@Hunter5024 said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

I'm the computer guy who actually doesn't know very much about computers. I do know how to do a damn google search though, so I get called to solve every problem there is.

Same here. The worst part is when it's something I can't fix, I get shit for it. Parents these days...

#28 Posted by Barrock (3533 posts) -

You're more likely to get a virus viewing a religious site than you are viewing a porn site. So porn it up!

#29 Posted by Village_Guy (2574 posts) -

@Zomgfruitbunnies said:

@Hunter5024 said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

I'm the computer guy who actually doesn't know very much about computers. I do know how to do a damn google search though, so I get called to solve every problem there is.

Same here. The worst part is when it's something I can't fix, I get shit for it. Parents these days...

Ah yes, this is truly the cursed, seriously I'm getting tired of my entire family always calling me when they need tech support. I'm not some damn Technology Messiah, and no I don't how to install your new speakers and fix your computer after you dropped in the tub... :(

#30 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

Truthful words, sir.

#31 Edited by Kteven (53 posts) -

@Ben_H said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE Fix something for someone. They break it. "You broke my computer". Or they ask about why things won't work and so on even though I've never seen it before. And my dad runs computer networks at work yet he still needs my help with the basics.

I had never touched an iPhone until about 3 months ago. My cousin threw his at me, demanding I fix it because "you know about all that nerd shit".

Worst thing is, I fixed it, meaning I am now the iPhone guy!

#32 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Maybe stop installing so many viruses.

#33 Posted by Demoskinos (14823 posts) -

If your dad is a "computer engineer" and can't figure this shit out and you seem smarter than him something tells me "computer engineer" is code words for "I make meth in the basement"

#34 Posted by ShaggE (6452 posts) -

@AURON570 said:

What's funny is that my dad is also a computer engineer.

Heh, that was my grandfather when I was a kid. The guy is a damn computer god (seriously, if anybody knew their shit, it was him. He's fallen behind, but his home office is still a wonderland of parts, and he still tinkers and builds), but if I installed a shareware game or demo, he swore up and down it was a virus. He refused to believe that there was such a thing as a legitimate demo. Now, this was when you could buy shareware in stores, so it's not like I was even downloading them.

#35 Posted by Angre_Leperkan439 (333 posts) -

@Village_Guy said:

@Zomgfruitbunnies said:

@Hunter5024 said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

I'm the computer guy who actually doesn't know very much about computers. I do know how to do a damn google search though, so I get called to solve every problem there is.

Same here. The worst part is when it's something I can't fix, I get shit for it. Parents these days...

Ah yes, this is truly the cursed, seriously I'm getting tired of my entire family always calling me when they need tech support. I'm not some damn Technology Messiah, and no I don't how to install your new speakers and fix your computer after you dropped in the tub... :(

You, sir, are a treat. I just want you to know me and my roommate got a guffaw from your word-based antics.

Anyways, OP, I hafta ask, why are you letting your dad install office on your PC? Can't you do it yourself? Overall, your dad might give you shit, but if he keeps giving you shit then stop asking for his help. TRULY become self-sufficient in everything computer-based, and know how to fix the little problems that cause freezes. Then, he'll have nothing to say to you.

#36 Posted by pyromagnestir (4324 posts) -

@Hunter5024 said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

I'm the computer guy who actually doesn't know very much about computers. I do know how to do a damn google search though, so I get called to solve every problem there is.

Me too. My problem solving method is Google the problem, follow whatever instructions I find no matter how shady they may seem, as long as it's free I don't care because it ain't my fucking computer that has the problem, and then see what happens.

Plan B is I break something and then say, "Well there's your problem. Nothin I can do about that I'm afraid. You're going to have to get a new computer."

#37 Edited by Canteu (2821 posts) -

I am the family tech support.

My dad seems to think he knows better, but I'm sure deep down he knows he doesn't.

When I was younger I distinctly remember directing him to safe porn sites because I was sick of bullshit popups on the family computer.

Edit: Also OP, are you 15? You sound 15.

#38 Posted by EvilNiGHTS (1093 posts) -

@MisterSamMan said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

The worst part is when my family begins recommending me to their friends. It's truly a curse.

When I was seventeen I got called by my aunt (who I don't have a lot of contact to begin with) who asked me to take a look at her friend's computer. I wasn't busy, so I went ahead. Turns out it was the customer database and finance system for a garage stored on a single computer that wouldn't boot. I erased the entire hard drive (and am not aware of any backups they may or may not have had), installed Windows 98 using a generic serial number and was given £20 by the manager. They probably had to have someone else around the week after to set everything back up for them again.

Last year, I got called by a friend whose father owns a fairly successful shed making business. In their case they were having a networking problem in their main office, and several computers connected to the network couldn't access the internet for whatever reason. After a few hours of trying miserably to access the router settings without any documentation, fiddling around with the cables and switching the BT business-grade router with a regular DG834 to no avail (I think it was a DHCP issue in Vista) I finally gave up. They gave me an envelope with £60 in it, which I refused, only to be asked if it wasn't enough money.

So yeah, it's bad enough when people assume you know more about computers than you actually do, and even worse when they think you're a certified tech.

#39 Posted by Kaiserreich (698 posts) -

Parents just don't understand, right guys?

#40 Posted by Leptok (942 posts) -

My wife is like that. Then she goes to crazy shady sites looking for stuff from home and wonders why everything is messed up.

#41 Posted by tunaburn (1890 posts) -

im the guy that fixes the computers around here. its so crazy. i got called to an office and they wanted me to fix their microwave..... i was like wtf? i dont know anything about microwaves. its all the same to them i guess.

#42 Posted by Splodge (1602 posts) -

@MisterSamMan said:

@BabyChooChoo said:

@AURON570 said:

Okay does anyone else's parents do this?

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

The worst part is when my family begins recommending me to their friends. It's truly a curse.

I spent the last two years living in an apartment building with 200 other students. ME and my room mate both do computing, so the building manager would send people to our apartment when they couldn't get their internet working.

The most common mistake was made by cute girls who spelled the password wrong.

Are you sure you spelled the password correctly?

- yes

Im going to re-type the password now, so it still shouldnt work, right?

- Sure

It works

- OHMEGERD

Online
#43 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

I don't live with my dad anymore, but lots of other people have done that to me. It's usually when some friend of a friend hears that I fix computers and so they ask me to come take a look at theirs, and so I do, which usually just entails some clicking around to check a few things, then they claim it got worse after I touched it. People who don't know anything about computers have little choice but to blame their aberrant behavior on some unrelated event.

#44 Posted by Chop (1997 posts) -

I used to constantly run into frustrating situations like that. Now I've learned to just shut the fuck up and let people remain ignorant.

"I must've got a virus off that thar google!"

*Notices their cursor is like a cat or something stupid*

"Yeah...sure...google"

It's just easier that way.

#45 Posted by TobbRobb (4639 posts) -

Dad used to blame everything on any and all thidparty software. Games included. Now that he has accepted that I know better "I've got computer skills on paper now ^^", he just asks me whats up when something breaks. He seems happier knowing exactly whats causing things, rather then being paranoid about fun things.

#46 Posted by Bobby_The_Great (1004 posts) -
@BabyChooChoo said:

No, because I'm the computer guy in a family in which no one else knows anything about computers.

This gift is a curse.

This is me 100%. Every damn time the slightest thing goes wrong, or a pop-up of Javascript update or Adobe update, I get a phone call from one of my parents, "Is this a virus!?!" and then they open every damn email attachment from their stupid friends and actually get one that I have to take care of by wiping their hard drives for the umpteenth time.   
 
Then I have to leave, telling my wife what happened, and drive over to fix the damn thing. 
 
I hate it so, so much. 
#47 Posted by Hunkulese (2723 posts) -
@AURON570 Sounds to me like you've been downloading viruses.
#48 Posted by Dagbiker (6976 posts) -
@AURON570

Okay does anyone else's parents do this? I'm kind of fed up, need to vent, and I'm curious if other parents do this.

Whenever there is something wrong with my computer (that I can't fix on my own), he checks it and always asks me if I installed anything that might have caused it. Obviously I say no, because after growing up with computers, and having viruses and re-formats in the past, I'm pretty smart about keeping a clean computer. Then my dad ALWAYS asks, "did you install online games?" And of course I say yes... And then he ALWAYS says, "Oh that's it, your games are downloading viruses somehow"

And now he is trying to install Microsoft Office on a new laptop for me, and he was using Internet Explorer to check something, and it froze. And he asks me again if I installed anything on it yet. And yes I have, but I know what I'm doing. Then I tell him to use Chrome instead (which I installed), and a few minutes later he says to me, "Oh, Chrome is bad, I heard about it causing bugs, and I think it's trying to interfere with IE, so that's why IE isn't working." I actually wanted to scream, "NO ONE USES FUCKING IE ANYMORE U IDIOT" Then he proceeded to install Firefox and use that instead of Chrome..

Honestly I don't understand why he thinks everything I install is a virus or could cause viruses. What's funny is that my dad is also a computer engineer.

My parents do this too. You are not alone. My mom knows nothing about computers, and that's fine because she knows that. But my dad who is a rocket scientist, literally. Set up our router without security and wonders why the internet is slow.

When I was young and my only computer was the family computer this was pretty bad. But now, I have two computers of my own. Just wait.
#49 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

Jeez, I guess when I was a kid I knew more about computers than my dad, and since I was 12 I've had my own computer so I can't relate.

#50 Posted by Cheesebob (1236 posts) -

I have never had this problem. My dad knows more about PCs than I do!