Saturday, September 03, 2011


What a day! What a day! Hacked has never meant much to me except when I get "hacked off". But today I found out through friends and readers of the blog that they could not access the blog.

WHAT? So I tried to check it out, but this site called kept coming up. It had no way to contact them to find out what the heck was going on.

So, after much consternation I went on Google Help where you can send your question to a group of fellow bloggers or someone - heck, I have no idea who they were. But I typed in the question and got three messages back. Two of which were speaking in "computer speak" and I had to keep saying things like, "What does Page Elements mean" and "What is a wizard" or "What is a gadget and where is it?"

I'm sure to computer gurus, I gave them a good laugh. I tried for 1 1/2 hours to resolve the issue and gave up, left the house and didn't think about it.

When I came home I said "Self, you have raised children, you have run a business, you have moved to Mexico - for goodness sake you should be able to figure this out!"

Do you talk to yourself too?

So, I sat down and looked for the things that the responders mentioned. I found it!
It seems that when I used Blogroll to put other blog sites on and then they went out of business that these people at took over all the sites that had used blogroll.

I found something that said javascript and rpcblogroll and some other stuff - deleted it and no more problems.

I'm amazed that I actually fixed it - by myself - with the help of Google Help.

Some other things I discovered was that I have Google Analytics and it showed me where my comments come from; all the comments that were spam; and a few other interesting statistics. Who knew?

Watch out, I might turn out to be a "computer monster". I sure hope though that I never get HACKED again!


Jonna said...

Wow! good for you! and yes, I have those conversations with "self" as well. sometimes they even work.

Christine said...

You have always amazed me with your self reliance! I remember when I first started reading your blog, I used to worry about you and panicked if you didn't post for a few days. silly me!

Babs said...

Jonna, glad to know I'm not alone in talking to myself!
Christine - Glad to know SOMEONE worries about me.......that's so nice! Actually I don't know what I'm doing a lot of the time, I just bluff my way through........

sparks_mex said...

I had a similar problem, not with whatever Blog Roll I use, but with a certain blog in the Roll.

She had closed her site ... and every time you hit my blog you were faced with a login box (that you couldn't get rid of).

I tried Google help, no help. Don't know what made me look thru the Blog Roll addresses but there is was, same as the Login box.

Her blog was on an unusual site but I liked her arts-n-crafts stuff. Well, no more

Babs said...

How smart of you El Jubilado!

Steve Cotton said...

Good work. I know you well enough that there is nothing you cannot do. But this post reminded me I was going to show you how to change some of your Page Elements. And I forgot to do that. Ah, well. Next time.

Babs said...

Yup, Steve, next time! And, there WILL be a next time......