Well after 6 years I believe my beloved Sony Vaio is about dead. Here is how it happened:
One day a few weeks ago I kept getting a notice from my free Avast anti-virus program that my computer had a threat. I don't remember the exact details but I think it couldn't completely get rid of it so it had to "quarantine" it or something. I decided I had enough of this free program and not really having money to buy a good one I downloaded the free trial of Norton Antivirus, did a complete scan and it got rid of all the threats. BIG MISTAKE.It said I needed to re-start in order to complete the scan. Once I restarted my computer I no longer had a start menu or any icons on my desktop. Somehow my firefox was running so I googled the problem and learned that many people have encountered this problem after downloading Norton. I did all the things suggested to fix the problem, including un-installing the program and many other things which I can't really remember. NOTHING worked.
Somehow I figured out that I can still access some programs pressing Ctrl+alt+delete.When that window pops up you click, "New Task" and you can access programs from there. So I have been using my dying computer for the past few weeks with no Start menu. LOL not to mention I can no longer access volume control and my volume is stuck on loud, and for the last year or so I can no longer change the screen brightness (you guess it-it's stuck on bright- great for my migraines!)
This is kind of bad time because I am starting an online course in January that is career related and very important.
Even though this sucks, I do realize that 6 years is very good for a computer these days and I am very happy with what I have got out of it so far. In the 6 years I have had very few problems.
So with that said,I am officially going to start saving for a new computer. I'm going to start saving my pay from my old job (which I still work at part time) and my holiday pay that will be coming up. Hopefully I can be super disciplined and save enough money fast!