Well, I had originally set my laptop up to dual boot, with Windows and Ubuntu. I loved Ubuntu so much I used it more than I did Windows. But after I'd been using it for about 5 months I noticed that odds things were going on whenever I booted to Ubuntu (I rarely used Windows once I installed Ubuntu). My applications would change, or turn off or on, my desktop shifted with icons moved. And I couldn't get my fire starter to work, even with remote desktop assistance. So... I went and obtained a Live CD of the same version of Ubuntu on my laptop and installed it. At the same time, I wiped Windows Vista entirely from my laptop. THEN I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.0. Suddenly I had all my controls back, my fire starter disappeared but I found another fire wall to take it's place (it was a service packet included with the upgrade to version 10.0), nothing moved, everything worked. I was happy! But after a few days (maybe 2-3 days) something else started happening. Whenever I logged into my google gmail, or facebook accounts I'd find instances of attempted redirects. I then installed "Redirect Cleaner" from Monzilla Fire Fox and the attempts stopped. But gradually they began again, and again, and again. At this point my Internet connection seemed to slow down and it took forever to check email, write comments in facebook or play my facebook games. And the redirect attempts came more frequently which continued to slow my Internet connections down. I had also installed Fire Fox's "No Script" and that had prevents quite a few bad scripts from being installed. But overall, things were getting very, VERY bad. Things came to a head when I found I could only connect to the Internet but do nothing else. I couldn't check email, get into my facebook account. I couldn't even get into my web browser. I'd get repeat messages stating that I'm not connected to the Internet but my computer's status clearly shows that I AM connected. That's when I discovered that whenever I logged on to my apartments wireless connection (Humboldt Gardens) I'd be redirected to another wireless (Humboldt Gardens bad gateway OR Humboldt Gardens Scanning). So! I tried to talk to people about the possibility that my computer is compromised but most insisted that Ubuntu cannot be "hacked". So... when I was unable to connect to the Internet, in desperation, I went to see some people who work with computers and asked them to burn me a live CD of Linux Mint. I took that CD and installed Linux Mint to my laptop, totally wiping out Ubuntu from my comptuer (or so I think). Suddenly everything is working, I can connect to the Internet again, and my fire wall is up. However... when I first began using Mint I found that the packet games that came with Ubuntu were on Mint. The first day I logged into Mint I played these games... such as Chess, Mahjongg, Black Jack... BUT! The very next day... suddenly my games are nowhere to be found! I haven't found them in the software or package manager. Their just gone!
Can anybody tell me what's going on?