While at the beach, I did some writing. I noticed that during my writing session that I got distracted. I decided to specify a writing time—say 1 hour—as a hard limit. The idea is that during that time, I’d write, knowing that there’s a hard limit.
To help with this, I searched for Windows timer apps to help. I found an article
on CNET reviewing 5 applications. I tried a few, eventually uninstalling them. One, Cool Timer (no link provided—you’ll see why.), seemed like it’d work okay. I installed it and accepted the license agreement, multiple times. Unfortunately, I wasn’t pay close enough attention, and I agreed to install a bunch of crapware.
This is bad. Annoyed over this, I didn’t even try Cool Timer—it may be the best timer in the world, but if it’s going to trick me into installing crapware, I don’t want it. I did a Windows uninstall of Cool Timer and everything else installed the same day. If the software played by the rules there’d be no harm, no foul.
Later on, I ran Firefox and was offered to install the AVG Secure Guard toolbar. The Cool Timer software install doesn’t play by the rules. It installs programs without my permission.
Make no mistake, I’m really annoyed at this point. I don’t like unknown processes running on my box, especially when they nag me to do something I don’t want to do. They waste my time and system resources.
Now, I googled the issue. All I discovered was that Cool Timer became a crapware fiesta at some point in the past. But there were no easy solutions. I found the directory where AVG Software was installed (thanks to Firefox Add-on page stating it). I re-checked the installed programs. Nothing showed that was installed on that day. I checked my Scheduled Tasks and nothing ran at the time that directory was created. I deleted it and the next day it reappeared.
I checked the Services running on the box and there was one, vToolbarUpdater17.0.12, that stood out. I stopped it and disabled it from starting again.
For a couple of days, I haven’t had any issues.
Don’t install Cool Timer. There’s better software does the same thing without the crapware.
The next time I try software, I’m creating a System Restore point.
As far as the timer situation goes, I’m working with Watch Me timer. It seems to do the trick. I haven’t decided yet if it’s helping me focus.
I’m interested in many things, from Mars to space travel, music to books, movies to creating my own stories. My sci-fi novel, The Music of Mars, is available now.