I've Been Infected!

Written by Dennis Eppestine

The last few days, I've been so proud of myself. I've been working on my ebook, getting organized, really getting things done, and then...

My computer started acting funny. Things started freezing up, my browser would change websites for no apparent reason, my email didn't seemrepparttar same, everything was running slow.

Oh no! I've been infected!

OK, this was my own fault. I have Norton System Works, which I love, byrepparttar 132047 way. Butrepparttar 132048 other day while playing a game (hey, I can't work ALLrepparttar 132049 time!), I shut down my automatic virus protection.

BIG mistake! I ran Scan Disk, and Defrag, and System Information, and finally realized what I had done. So I immediately ran a full check of my computer - over 8,000 files infected!

A Note On Microsoft Security

Written by Richard Lowe

I've been reading a lot of postings to various message boards, newsgroups and talkback boards on how evil Microsoft (often spelled as Micro$oft or more simply M$) is. The foam-at-the- mouth rantings afterrepparttar publication on anything even remotely related to that company are nauseatingly predictable.

The argument goes something like this: Microsoft is equated with everything evil and foul inrepparttar 132045 world. Lucifer himself is kind and gentle compared with Bill Gates, and every product ever produced by his company has at least one hidden evil intention. All of Bill's products are purposely created to producerepparttar 132046 greatest amount of harm forrepparttar 132047 most people. Bill and his entourage are planning to take overrepparttar 132048 world and destroy everything and everyone, especially any competing companies.

These postings are actually very amusing. They are often so childish, so silly that it's incredible to believe that these people are serious. Sometimes I wonder if rational minds exist behind many of these messages.

For example, an article aboutrepparttar 132049 Klez virus (which did not even mention Microsoft by name) produced some fascinating replies. One reader wrote:

"Only Windows users would put up with such a scam. Windows security is like building a house with no doors and being forced to hire a security guard to walk around your home while you're living there."

It's fascinating how people can write such uninformed drivel. Another reader had similar opinions.

"Most thanks forrepparttar 132050 viruses go to M$ and their sorry excuse for an e-mail system Exchange coupled with their new, dynamic protocol called VTP (Virus Transport protocol). Kudos to Bill for designing such an elegant virus propagation environment. Who needs enemies when you have M$?"

More silliness from an ignorant person who probably has allowed viruses to slip through his defenses.

Let's look at an analogy. Let's say you purchase a car. The car does not come with an alarm system, andrepparttar 132051 locks are of standard issue. You decline to purchase an alarm system and more advanced locks.

Now a car thief breaks into your car and steals it. Who is to blame? The car manufacturer for creating a car with simple locks and no standard alarm system? The thief for stealing your car? The city for allowing thieves? The police department for not guarding your automobile 24x7? Perhaps your child distracted you before you lockedrepparttar 132052 door - isrepparttar 132053 child responsible?

Or are you responsible because you didn't educate yourself on how to protect your valuable car? Are you responsible for not purchasing better locks and perhaps an alarm system? Is it your fault that you parked your car in a bad place in town?

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