COVID-19 and related issues – continuation

Continuation of my previous blog (extra measures during these trying times – [ ) ]

Here Victoria, Vancouver Island. Most residents try to keep social distancing. I say most, or many, not all. What surprised me was that there are still people who do not take this seriously, including health care workers, who are sick, now at home. And tell you (on the phone, luckily) “I am OK, will come back to work in one week”.


This virus is quite persistent, may be dormant after a bout of respiratory disease, but can still become life again and try finding a new host, to replicate. Personally, I definitely do not go to that clinic after a health care worker comes back to work after one week, even two weeks, even more.

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What counts is, how well everyone’s immune system can cope.



Mr. ‘Highlightly’ mal-adware

The Highlightly adware infection is designed specifically to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.
Highlightly it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.”

Basically stuff like this does not bother me a lot, nor do I pay any attention to it. But paying attention to it is just the point for whoever comes up with that type of dumb advertising strategy. Like “Ow, I cannot sell anything, my business is going broke, unless I dig deep into all those other Internet users’ systems to stick some virus into their operating system.” Did they order anything ? I do not think so. People order and buy what they want, but not what somebody tells them they want.

Retail business and restaurant business are the worst businesses to be in, unless an owner/operator of such type of business is very good and gets their business going and flourishing based on actually coming up with something new and special. But not some dumb stuff like that ‘highlightly virus’ thing which infects the entire Internet experience. Like for example some real dumb ass walking in the street with a big baton and hitting pedestrians on their head with the slogan: “Buy my stuff.” Who cares about your stuff, stuff it up yours.