[oclug] [OT] Protecting Windows Boxen
je_oclug at kronos.honk.org
Thu Jan 8 22:42:07 EST 2004
On Thu, 8 Jan 2004, Stephen Gregory wrote:
> I was at a friend's place the other night to help them with a d-link router
> and slow windows XP computer. The computer was left online rarely patched and
> without a firewall. The poor little machine was packed full of spyware/
> adware/virusware. Trying to load a page in IE was a near impossibility due to
> the multiple competing redirects. Even after multiple runs of ad-aware there
> was still junk reloaded at boot. I think I will go back for a complete
> reinstall. It pisses me off to no end that people are willing to put up with
> such poor software.
I purged my GF's machine of that similar crapola... one little download,
and the system is goners!
As I use Linux exclusively now (nearly three yrs at home, over a yr at
work), I find I care little about the Windows world. I mean, it really
holds little to no interest for me, outside of a thinly veiled curiosity
whenever I see the world in a panic over yet another Windows-centric
virus/attack. Very cool! Anyway, for those out there who do have to care
(for one reason or another) about things MS, what do you suggest as a good
anti-(insert annoyance here) tool? I have a Linux firewall/gateway
protecting the LAN, but what's good for protecting the Windows machine
from the user?
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