No, I haven't been on more classical holidays, this is the computer variety.
I thought I had grown accustomed to my new laptop (have I mentioned, it's purple?!). I have finally got it all set up how I want it and was beginning to relax when using it, but then, on Saturday, disaster struck. Despite having McAfee installed, up and running and up to date, I acquired a trojan horse.
A trojan horse is malware that pretends to be something else, then reveals it's evil intentions, installing more malware onto your computer at the same time.
In this case, it was something called "LowPrice" which hijacks your browser so that you are bombarded with what look like real offers and coupons for the website you are on (or the subject of your Google search), but if you were to click on them, you would go to a part of the internet you never want to see. I realised straightaway that it wasn't legitimate, I didn't click on any of the ads, but I couldn't stop it.
I didn't ask for it, I didn't download it, it snuck in somehow while I was uploading photos to a respectable photo printing website.
It took me an hour, two laptops (I needed a second to look up instructions on how to remove it, as I couldn't use my browser) and a lot of inner calm to remove it from my laptop.
I think I've fixed it.
So beware of "LowPrice", and never leave your laptop connected to the internet for a few hours while you upload your photos of Rome!