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Re: Dumb users spread viruses (here's one!)

  • From: Dr. Jeffrey Race
  • Date: Sun Feb 08 20:04:58 2004

On Sun, 8 Feb 2004 21:03:29 +0000 (GMT), E.B. Dreger wrote:

>Most of our users are reasonable, however.  With a little
>explanation about the harm an insecure computer can cause, they
>understand and accept the fact that they're not islands.
>Of course, many still get infected with spyware and viruses.  At
>least they're willing to have their computers repaired... better
>than nothing, but still not as good as being proactive. :-/

Datapoint: I just cleaned my 12-year old daughter's personal
machine running Windows, connected to our home network and to the
world via ADSL. Took half a day.  Found 2 viruses, 4 trojans,
and 122 registry entries for assorted malware, spyware, adware, etc.

Jeffrey Race