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Infected in 20 minutes [Aug. 20th, 2004|11:05 am]
Peter Sheil
What normally happens within twenty minutes? That's how long your average unprotected PC running Windows XP, fresh out of the box, will last once it's connected to the Internet.

Mrs. Jones, I'm sorry to inform you, but we've run the tests, and it appears that you have XP. Now don't cry - it's bad, but it's not a death sentence. Modern science has advanced in recent years, and it's now possible to live a reasonably happy life with XP. And there's a survivor's group that you'll want to meet as well.

See the full article from theregister.co.uk here.

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2004-08-20 04:12 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-20 04:44 am (UTC)
Thank you HSE-Kitchener-ppp232564.sympatico.ca []
but I don't have any interest in your lame community with it's silly rules. May the evil spirits of worms and viruses infest your computer with a plague of pestilence; may your hard drive crash; may nasty gunky stuff collect around the inner workings of your mouse and may your screen flllllllilililiicker.

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[User Picture]From: spodlife
2004-08-20 04:33 am (UTC)
I am so glad I have been running a firewall at home now for a few years - it makes it so much easier to install a fresh operating system with networking capabilities (useful for on-line updates!) without having to worry about automated nasties knobbling it before it can stand on it's own four rubber feet.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-20 04:49 am (UTC)
Yes, certainly makes a big difference. I only have a "simple" one that's an ADSL modem [I hate calling them modems 'cos they don't modulate do they, but everyone calls them that now *sigh*] and four port router. I block all inbound/outbout ports except for a couple I need to actually do my work.
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[User Picture]From: tamnonlinear
2004-08-20 11:14 am (UTC)
Um. That first reply you received is downright ironic, given the topic of the post.

As for the post, it sounds a bit like how quickly a baby gets infected with bacteria. It's virtual ecology. Maybe computers should come with 'beneficial software' already installed, like giving a human a big dollop of yogurt.

Actually, why don't they?
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[User Picture]From: kevinrtaylor
2004-08-20 12:04 pm (UTC)
Microsoft would claim that they do.
We know better. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-20 02:15 pm (UTC)
... although replacing Windows with yogurt ... now there's an image :)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-20 02:13 pm (UTC)
Between the time the computer is built and the operating system installed several new viruses will start lurking and bugs in the OS will be found. On my home laptop my virus definitions get checked every time I power it up and I get several updates each week. I look for updates to Windows about once a week but I'm selective which ones I install 'cos sometimes they cause more problems than they solve.

I think the safest way is to have a firewall to stop worms (programs that attack your computer directly) and just not access the internet or mail 'till you have updated everything and that should keep the viruses out.

Yes, that first reply was strange. I think they just picked a load of posts at the same time and spammed us. I have commented to one of the moderators so they know how I feel about it and also that I log IP addresses. If I find them doing it again I'll raise a complaint with support.

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From: fruitbatz
2004-08-21 03:26 am (UTC)

lmao, im always infected..in many ways hahaha (not physically so shuttup Peter heh)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-21 04:48 am (UTC)
Me? *looks innocent*
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