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17 April 2009 @ 02:22 pm
Internet: Put Your Damn Rubbers On!  
I know next to nothing about Windows, except that it's probably the most insecure OS on the planet. Over the last year, I've come to loathe it, as I've had to help friends remove viruses, trojans, keyloggers, malware and spyware that they inadvertently downloaded on their computers.

For the Luddites among them:

  • If you are on Windows, Internet Explorer is intrinsically woven into the operating system. It keeps you on the internet at all times, even if you're not actually doing any web surfing at the moment.

  • If your modem is on and your computer is on and connected to it, you are on the internet.

  • If you are on a laptop that has wireless internet access, until you turn that wireless internet access off, you will be on the internet whenever you're in range of a WiFi signal.

  • If something pops up on your screen, and you don't know what the hell it is, don't click on it.

  • If you get a pop up on your screen that says you're infected with a virus, trojan or whatever, before you click on it, make very certain it's actually your anti-virus program giving you that warning.

  • If you're downloading anything through LimeWire or BitTorrent, make sure you have nothing set to automatically open upon completion. Also, make sure that you have your virus checker scan it immediately upon download.

  • And for the love of ghods, please make sure you keep the damn anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-malware programs, which I took the time to load on your machine, up-to-date.

Whatever the hell you downloaded this time is beyond my meagre Window's knowledge to fix. Unplug the computer, disconnect the modem and all peripherals, and get thee to ye olde repair shoppe immediately.

And pray that whatever you've downloaded hasn't turned your computer into a really large paperweight.
idratherbriding on January 22nd, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Why do I have this strange feeling of wanting to bang my head against the wall?.. Oh that's right.. we are surrounded by people who can't take care of their computers. You must have wrote this while trying to fix "you know who's" computer.