I have mentioned before that, during the recent cold snap, Cliff has used the notebook computer a few times. I practically have to force him to light it off, but once he starts, he enjoys himself there in the comfort of his Lazy-Boy recliner.
Yesterday evening I talked him into trying a little surfing. He was cruising around the Honda website trying to build himself a motorcycle when he began having problems ("The back arrow won't work," he said). While I was trying to help him get to the bottom of this, our daughter, Rachel, came for a visit.
What we discovered was that every time Cliff would click on any link, a new browser was opening. Which meant he had about 20 browsers open at one time, when I went to his side.
Let me mention here that if anything like this is going to happen, it will happen while Cliff is using the computer. Which evokes a few remarks about "this %$*&@ thing" and discourages him from messing with it again. That's a shame, because there's so much potential for enjoyment.
I use Firefox browser on both of our computers. Usually if something isn't working on Firefox, I try it out on Internet Explorer. That was my next step.
Same thing happened. On Yesterday's Tractors, a website Cliff and I are very familiar with, every clicked link was opening a new browser. Even with Internet Explorer.
Rachel said it had to be a computer setting of some sort, and called one of her tech guys where she works. He recalled someone having a similar problem, but couldn't remember the cause, offhand.
We gave up and shut down the laptop. Rachel, of course, with her typical bulldog tenacity, told me in no uncertain terms NOT to take it to any shop until she could talk to another guy at work.
I got up at my usual 4 AM this morning, sat down at my desktop, and began puzzling on the problem once again. I remembered in the past how computer problems had occasionally gone away with a reboot.
Sure enough, I got on the notebook computer and logged on to both mine and Cliff's accounts to try things out. The browser worked like it's supposed to, with no new browsers appearing.
The computer gremlins have struck again.