Something very strange is going on with my connection speed on the PC where I do most of my work, which is to say that it is very slow despite my laptop (which I am using now) and my other PC being within five feet of it and having no problems at all with Wi-Fi. I'm thinking that I may have messed with one too many a nefarious website during the course of my investigations and am possibly the ongoing victim of some sort of malware. Looks like I need to step up my security a bit.
If I disappear for a day or two, it is because I am backing up my important files, performing factory resets, upgrading security measures and possibly moving as much of my operation as possible over to Linux. I will also be relocating as much of my crypto assets as I can to my cold wallet. Fortunately, I don't use any wallet apps on PC, but one can never be too safe.
There is a moral to this story: never, under any circumstances, assume that you are safe or beyond notice. I'll see you guys as soon as I'm done with this little security project of mine.