my non-techie friends
Posted Mar 31, 2004 20:40 UTC (Wed) by jamienk
Parent article: Utah's anti-spyware law
I have a few friends who run Windows because it came with their computer and the tech support people from their ISPs etc assume Windows. I am shocked at what I see when I look at their computers. They are completely overrun by a multitude of pop-ups, desktop icon ads, shifting home pages, grabbed MIME-type associations, viruses, worms, etc. They are seriously 0wned. It gets to a point where the malwares -- including multiple versions of multiple anti-virus programs, Active X toolbars, aps running in the tray, services, Autoexec.bat entries, strangely named processes -- are in a constant battle with each other, popping up a plethora of virus warnings, gambling come-ons, gay porn slide-shows, password-prompts, and sign-up demands from a mix orf "trusted" and unknown sources. (Is it ok to act on a dialog box demand from a company called "Securityresponse?") They recieve letters of warning from Time Warner cable, bounced spam, and spend hours on tech support with a know-nothing trying to configure their Windows auto-update, which is yet one more pop-up that they sometimes decide to click "OK" for, hoping that it'll solve one of their many issues.
They are completely resigned, consider it a matter of course that their privacy can be invaded at any time by anyone, and know that no matter how well I fix everything for them, it will all go to hell again soon.
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