Creepiness. Microsoft operating systems doesn't have a support center somewhere in India that calls you first, do they? Should I call trace him or just blow it off? Where did he get my number?
I just got a call from an Indian-sounding man named “Michael” relayed over some pretty bad lines or low-lying satellites. He was calling because his Microsoft “operating system support center” [or something like that] found serious problems with my computer. My reaction was WHAT? I didn’t call you. Why would you notice me out of the millions upon millions of Windows users in the world? I should have just hung up. He wanted to access my computer but I said no thank you, so he told me to look at event viewer and filter for “warnings” and “errors.” And there were a ton and I saved the log and even went back and saved another one with “verbose” [how verbose is it?] and “critical.”
I thanked him and told him I would have someone look at it. He insisted he could help me. I asked him to send me an email from his microsoft office, instead he said he could call later after I had checked it out. I asked for his phone and instead he said he would call me at 12 noon tomorrow. [This call back instead of my calling was actually done once by a real microsoft person in india so it is not that far-fetched]
I looked at the log. Lots of errors but the latest batch seemed probably due to my abusing my memory working with lots of 300+mB files and keeping 80 tabs open on firefox. However some have been really inconvenient. The next batch of errors seems to be a day I watched a dvd on the computer [paging error device cdrom0] and the last batch [task scheduling error] might be the times I unplugged my data backup systems to not back up while I was cleaning off a virus.
Problems yes. But warranting an international call?