by ibm450 on Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:29 am
minty33 wrote:i only use linux. i don't even have an OEM windows in my house. nor do i have it on virtualbox sice conficker and other worms can now sense being in a virtual sandbox and infect the host OS through the virtual adapter.
strange, never had this issue in the last 12 or so years of using windows, both at home and as a site IT support have come accross this even although i purposley go to hack / wazes sites and test my AV (nod32 or M$ free version) on win7 in the sandbox and never ever got a single viruse or some form of infection o_O
my mother uses windows and just spent 170 USD to clean the viruses ect... what a scam.
sounds about right to pay a IT specialist for his 2 hrs. worth of work or a over the night run with his AV..that's why they studied the course/degree to get paid by people like your mum or people who arnt educated in that field, simple. (its a trade that they or we study to make money from...)
they don't even really clean them all since they just use software to find them.
well virus patch programs are just that, scripts compiled into a exe or reg files designed to scan the infected areas executed to run at pc clock speed (GHz), as this would be cheaper and wiser thing to do opposed to having a IT specialist hand clean each seeded virus. $170 would have then equated to perhaps in the hundreds of $$ (would be much cheaper to buy a new pc)
most root-kits require hands on trouble shooting to find them via port scanning to find outbound traffic and connections ect.. that can even prove difficult given they can even hide from port scanners and not show as open .even a common rootkit like HxDef(most common rootkit in the wild) is invisible once installed - I will add some versions of hxdef can be detected by icesword but the point remains is using software to find and get rid of them is hit or miss and no software will find them all. that said to hell with windows and the scams that are virus removal services. i mean if you file share or torrent on windows you must be crazy or love reinstalling or tracking down rootkits.
simple solution, download and install driver genus, back up all your used or unused drivers into a compiled exe file, then download Autopatcher that allows you to download all of the required service packs for windows and for your office suites into a auto re-installer package (very handy) that allows you to reinstall all these service packs and what not in an offline situation, shaving hours and hours of downloads and restarts, then back up you personal data and FORMAT your pc. from past experience, doing that is so much faster and alot less painful and saves un necessary rants on how sh i t windows is. in short, windows is VERY stable, fast and far more easier to use.
she'll be a convert as she flies through the good ol interweb as god intended without freezing.
good luck... only 2 out of 10 people, gave Linux a shot. the other 8, including my parents, said, no, they all stated Linux is / was a clumsy OS to use.
if anything you need more knowledge to keep windows running efficiently. windows is ok for enterprises with ids's and serious firewalls and traffic filters ect...
please give me the same stuff this dudes on....
dont get me wrong, i love linux, but to be perfectly honest with you, if i had a choice of which OS to use as my primary? it definitely be windows as with windows, basically, everything works and getting the same job done is far quicker then linux.
i was using my novice mother as an example. i pointed out a sys admin or power user and or using in an enterprise environment is fine as we know what to dod to stay on top of things. a non-computer person would not care enough to do what you or i do so they just run bare and click yes to eveything and those ppl would be better off with linux in my opinion
and it was office max far from an it specialist sorry.
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