Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Stinking Windows Maleware

I own one Windows machine. The main users of this machine are my kids who use it for web surfing and playing games. My wife uses it from time to time but she use my PowerBook when I'm at home. The PC is in my third floor office, while the PowerBook roams about the house on a WiFi connection. I think she likes the idea of using the Internet while sitting on the couch or someplace comfortable. So, this one little XP box has become a real pain to maintain. It was recently infected by a few virii but the most annoying problem is all the Spyware/Maleware lurking around on the machine. Last night I installed Norton Anti-Virus and AdAware which helped me stamp out the various search bars and casino pop-ups that were plaguing that machine. This whole process took about 2-3 hours. I wish there was some way to submit a time and materials invoice to Microsoft. My next step is going to be to outlaw the use of InternetExplorer on that machine. I've had FireFox and Mozilla installed on the machine for a while but I'm going to try to get everyone at home to set it as their default browser. I think this might help reduce the risk of continued infection. Recently, at the office, our VP of Sales' laptop became so bogged down and infected that it became unusable. I was too busy to deal with that but I don't think he's recovered completely. So other than creating an industry for Symantec and McAfee, what are all these users doing by using a crap operating system like Windows? How much punishment do you have to take? There are viable alternatives. That little Windows box at my house is on borrowed time.


Blogger Ron said...

Hi. I'm having the same problem. Next time get a Mac. That's the only answer. Unfortunately I didn't do that so now I'm paying the price. Thank you Mr. Softee. I hope your problem is straightened up soon. Good luck.

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