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#51 Posted by TheHBK (5485 posts) -

Show him this thread. Then tell him we all think he is retarded.

#52 Posted by zudthespud (3281 posts) -

I don't remember the last time I had a virus on my computer. I think about 2006? I installed a clean version of windows XP and while I was downloading AVG I was browsing the internet for some mods for some games I was going to install, clicked an OK box I shouldn't have clicked and got swarmed. I don't even know how I would get a virus at this point, torrent everything I can and disable Windows firewall?

#53 Posted by AURON570 (1674 posts) -

@Angre_Leperkan439: 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.

#54 Posted by believer258 (11905 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.

So try working at the IT help desk in a college, as a student worker. I have no clue how some of those people manage to fill up their computers with so many viruses, and then there are times where someone brings in a ten year old laptop with the screen so broken it can't hold itself up and they look at me funny when I tell them that Windows 7 isn't going to work on their computer and they need to buy a new one.

#55 Edited by Willtron (243 posts) -

I read everything you posted as "So, is anyone else white?"

This is why kids need to move the fuck out the first chance they get, or buy their own shit.

#56 Posted by wjb (1662 posts) -

"DAD, GET OUT OF MY ROOM! GOSH!"

#57 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

My dad gets mad at me for installing stuff he installed. He will start freaking out that I installed something, then I'll go check it out and I'll find that it's something I literally watched him download and install.

#58 Posted by theguy (796 posts) -

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

Oh the worst part is when it not a moronic error and instead of a quick favour you end up doing hours of unpaid hard work.

#59 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Can't edit on mobile.

*For a guy who builds his own computers and can fix almost any problem inside a computer better than an actual computer repair shop, he's an idiot when it comes to anything else to do with computers, and I don't even understand how that happened.

#60 Posted by Chop (1997 posts) -

@CL60 said:

Can't edit on mobile. *For a guy who builds his own computers and can fix almost any problem inside a computer better than an actual computer repair shop, he's an idiot when it comes to anything else to do with computers, and I don't even understand how that happened.

It's funny how this works.

Internet savvy and computer savvy are apparently, nowhere near the same thing.

#61 Posted by myketuna (1693 posts) -

I'm glad my father and mother don't seem to fuck their shit up as bad as everyone else here. I mainly get called for things like "the printer isn't working" or "the wi-fi doesn't connect". Fairly simple fixes.

If my dad is streaming porn or something, he does a damn good job of it. Never been called for a virus or spyware *knocks on wood*. My father is also paranoid (not just about computers) and scans his system every week. So that must help.

#62 Posted by Jimbo (9809 posts) -
@myketuna 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.

This man is a harbinger of truth.

Ah ha. So true. 
 
The best is when they ask you what they should buy, then totally ignore you and buy the cheapest POS they can find instead. Then spend the next five years complaining that it's not working properly, when actually the problem is that it's just cheap shit.
#63 Edited by Jams (2961 posts) -

those political chain emails are the real killers.

RE: person@email.com,person@email.comperson@email.com,person@email.com,person@email.com,person@email.com,
person@email.com,person@email.com,person@email.com,person@email.com,person@email.com,person@email.com,person@email.com
Subject: Obama's cousin is a train robber and a picture of a Christmas tree made out of beer cans
who's really pulling obama's strings
goes to a page
Flashplayer not installed
hell ensues
#64 Posted by DonutFever (3551 posts) -

My dad was convinced that Steam was somehow illegal and creating viruses for a few years.

#65 Posted by Veektarius (4832 posts) -

My dad used to think I was taking huge risks with my computer because I was playing games that run .exes. It's been over a decade since they had any influence over my life, though.

#66 Posted by Kidavenger (3548 posts) -

Fix 90% of "I have a virus?" problems...

msconfig -> disable all startup items -> disable all non microsoft services -> restart -> happiness

#67 Posted by Grillbar (1832 posts) -

my dad usually knows what he is doing, he was the one who tough me how to not only program but build those cards you put in your satalite dish receiver to get access to every channel we could find when i was 8.

and my mom well i spend a good day there every 3rd month cleaning her laptop and desktop pc from all the fucking weird stuff she installs and then complains about it running slow even though she has 11 search engines and 4 emoticons programs install just to her web browser.

and her boyfriend is even worse he barely knows how to turn it on. no joke.

#68 Posted by Sanity (1907 posts) -

Yea... i used to work on peoples computers fairly often and always loved hearing what people thought caused viruses. I remember fixing one computer and the lady was convinced that her sons flash games were causing it while she was downloading shit on bit torrent in the background that was the real culprit.

#69 Posted by Grilledcheez (3947 posts) -

Confused people are hilarious when they're not personally affecting me! I bet that sucks for you though, and I somewhat feel your pain, although nobody bothers me anymore :)

#70 Edited by Calitar (91 posts) -

Back in the mid-late 90s my mom was convinced my games were "causing incompatibilities" and were somehow messing up the computer as a whole. Bare in mind this computer was a Packard Bell which were notoriously unstable at the time and these were commercial, mainstream games. *headdesk*

#71 Posted by Eaxis (925 posts) -

I am annoyed when someone in the family complains about the internet being slow with 5-6 tool bars and tons of useless applications in their browser. Maybe the worst thing is when they argue about something they have absolutely no clue about and think they're right,

#72 Posted by Loafsmooch (349 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.

Been there.

Or when you're actually trying to be the nice guy by offering help to a friend before he even asks you, and you for once can't figure the problem out. So he goes "so you're not that smart, are you?" with a horribly douchy tone of voice, not even joking. Maybe I should just stop calling idiots my friends..

#73 Posted by PenguinDust (12516 posts) -

It's all those Russian .exe porn games you have installed.

I can't really relate to your problem because I'm usually the one who others ask when the computer starts giving them grief. I usually try and figure it out via the web, but a few months ago, someone in my family got a really nasty virus which I believe had set itself in the BIOS. We had to call in a professional to wipe the system.

Online
#74 Posted by Hunter5024 (5683 posts) -

@pyromagnestir 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.

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."

That is brilliant. "Here's your problem dad, looks like your motherboard is snapped in half. You should probably take care of that."

#75 Posted by jorbear (2517 posts) -

My solution was to move as far away as possible from my family. I highly recommend it.

#76 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

I have my own computer so my parents really don't care, I'm also tech savy.

#77 Posted by j0lter (235 posts) -

Parents are idiots with computers. They blame their kids because they're too proud to admit that they themselves might have caused the problem. Also, parents seem to ignore the fact that malfunctions with computers happen. They're just the little bumps that a computer goes through sometimes.

#78 Posted by Scrawnto (2446 posts) -

I'm lucky enough to have fairly intelligent parents. My mom and dad can take care of themselves, computerwise, and my dad takes care of the problems my step-mom has. He knew as much or more about computers than I did until I went to college for Computer Science.

Seriously though, I can't remember the last time I had a virus on my computer. I don't know how you would even get into that situation these days.

#79 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3204 posts) -

My father was the same way when I was 13. He doesn't exist in my life anymore (thank god), and neither are the similar hindrances. The only thing I can tell you is to state to your parents the source of your downloads. Explain to them where viruses truly come from (illegal, unresourceful sites) and why downloading your shit does not contain viruses (resourceful sites that, if have given you a virus, would be open to getting sued or fraud). Educate your parents. It's the only way.

#80 Posted by Hamst3r (4484 posts) -

Mom: "Do I need to delete some of my photos and documents, because my computer is going really slow."

Me: "What exactly on your computer is going slow?"

Mom: "My email. The Yahoo email."

#81 Edited by zombiepenguin9 (533 posts) -

I've found there's an direct relationship between the amount of computer knowledge I have and the frequency at which family/friends have computer problems.

If I'd never started watching TechTV...

#82 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

@Hamst3r said:

Mom: "Do I need to delete some of my photos and documents, because my computer is going really slow."

Me: "What exactly on your computer is going slow?"

Mom: "My email. The Yahoo email."

Hold up I got a better one.

"My browser isn't working."

Me: "What browser are you using?"

"Internet Explorer."

#83 Posted by gametrkr (70 posts) -

He says online games, but he really thinks your a perv.

#84 Posted by Landon (4143 posts) -

Never had a computer problem, but one time I tried to order a t-shirt from Steam. It was a Portal themed one I believe. Anyway, somehow the credit card got charged for the order but the website said I didn't order anything. I don't even remember if we ever got our money back, but now my dad thinks Steam is a scam business.

#85 Posted by bio595 (307 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

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"

Computer engineer is a pretty broad term. I suspect that in this mans job he does not actually know all that much about viruses and such. Now if the OP said that his dad were a Software Engineer, I'd agree with you about him being Heisenberg

#86 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2341 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.

And then months down the line when they get another virus its because of something you put on there when you fixed it. You jerk

#87 Posted by Seastalk (123 posts) -

@handlas said:

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

#88 Posted by g6065 (273 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.

+1

#89 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1232 posts) -

Just fix it yourself? That's how I cured this exact issue.

@Ben_H: That has happened to me like 4000 times. Once I was told to reformat a computer since it was hanging and not booting. Ended up feeling guilty since they hadn't backed up their picture folder and they lost all photos of their grandma on her deathbed.. I told them like five times that it will wipe the drive, they were like 'sure', and didn't realize til later what it actually meant.. Goddamnit. Always happens when I fix my dads computer as well. Come to his house, his computer is a complete mess of IE, bloatware, adware and other shit, fix all that, two days later something crashes like ONE TIME and I get the call 'did you do something?'

#90 Posted by Fattony12000 (7410 posts) -

In front of him, turn on the computer and take off the side/top panel, then calmly go and fill up a pint glass with cool refreshing water, then dump it in directly onto the CPU.

#91 Edited by living4theday258 (679 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.

The real truth.

#92 Posted by Jrinswand (1709 posts) -

My dad wouldn't let me install a free copy of Windows 7 that I got from school on his computer because he didn't trust it. I'm glad he didn't. I held on to it for a couple of years and put it into my new rig. I saved myself $230.

#93 Posted by stinky (1548 posts) -

why do you need help installing Microsoft Office?

anyway here is the rule:

if you call someone else for help you have to listen to their complaints. don't want to listen to their complaints? learn to fix it yourself.