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Anonymous
June 24, 2005 11:37:52 AM

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Me and my friend were trying to set up our laptop so that it could play
some mpeg file I made to memorialize someone. It had Windows Media
Player, so all was fine, and there were some issues regarding setting
it up to play in a digital projector. But every 20 seconds, an urgent
reminder kept appearing about how I need to update my Norton Antivirus
file. Every 20 seconds! Because of that, there was a chance that would
appear every 20 seconds during the presentation, so me and my friend
uninstalled the Norton Antivirus software. After all, my friend did not
purchase this or even download it for free- it came with the Compaq.
The only way to eliminate this problem is to get rid of the software.
Mo did not care, after all, he has never had a virus in his life. The
extent of his computer issues relate to spyware, spam, pop-ups, and an
undefragmented hard drive. Who the hell has ever had a virus anyway?
Anyone?

These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far worse as
infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces of memory than I can
imagine any virus to be. Shame on them! They are far worse than any
virus that the media dreams up and invents.

Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon is a sham, is a
way to get you to spend money on anti-virus software, which runs every
18 seconds reminding you to download new anti-virus software because
even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820 times, you might
get one now.

-Jonathan Wolfson
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 12:13:19 PM

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"Jonathan Wolfson" <jon3825@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1119623872.766594.324600@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> Me and my friend were trying to set up our laptop so that it could play
> some mpeg file I made to memorialize someone. It had Windows Media
> Player, so all was fine, and there were some issues regarding setting
> it up to play in a digital projector. But every 20 seconds, an urgent
> reminder kept appearing about how I need to update my Norton Antivirus
> file. Every 20 seconds! Because of that, there was a chance that would
> appear every 20 seconds during the presentation, so me and my friend
> uninstalled the Norton Antivirus software. After all, my friend did not
> purchase this or even download it for free- it came with the Compaq.
> The only way to eliminate this problem is to get rid of the software.
> Mo did not care, after all, he has never had a virus in his life. The
> extent of his computer issues relate to spyware, spam, pop-ups, and an
> undefragmented hard drive. Who the hell has ever had a virus anyway?
> Anyone?
>
> These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far worse as
> infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces of memory than I can
> imagine any virus to be. Shame on them! They are far worse than any
> virus that the media dreams up and invents.
>
> Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon is a sham, is a
> way to get you to spend money on anti-virus software, which runs every
> 18 seconds reminding you to download new anti-virus software because
> even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820 times, you might
> get one now.
>
> -Jonathan Wolfson
>

Nice troll, should hook a few.

Kerry
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 12:28:49 PM

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How come that has never happened to me? I do not run AV software. Also,
I am not a corporation. So why do AV programs get pre-installed on user
systems? And can't computer makes make them a lot less intrusive and
much more in the background? By default they should be way in the
background, not in the forefront. Another thing is the loud noises the
software makes when demanding an update. To fix this problem for my
aunt who was complaining, I simply uninstalled her two antivirus
programs on her new PC. She will not be infected, I bet.
Related resources
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 1:09:05 PM

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In news:1119623872.766594.324600@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com,
Jonathan Wolfson <jon3825@gmail.com> typed:


> Who the
> hell has ever had a virus anyway? Anyone?


Thousands and thousands of people.


> These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far worse
> as
> infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces of memory than I
> can
> imagine any virus to be. Shame on them! They are far worse than
> any
> virus that the media dreams up and invents.
>
> Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon is a
> sham, is
> a way to get you to spend money on anti-virus software, which
> runs
> every 18 seconds reminding you to download new anti-virus
> software
> because even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820
> times,
> you might get one now.


Nonsense. I've never been infected with a virus, but my antivirus
software has stopped viruses here more than once. I personally
know many people who have been infected.

If you want to be foolhardy enough to run without anti-virus
software, that's your choice. But don't advice others to follow
your foolish ways.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 1:09:53 PM

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Jonathan Wolfson wrote:
> How come that has never happened to me? I do not run AV software. Also,
> I am not a corporation. So why do AV programs get pre-installed on user
> systems? And can't computer makes make them a lot less intrusive and
> much more in the background? By default they should be way in the
> background, not in the forefront. Another thing is the loud noises the
> software makes when demanding an update. To fix this problem for my
> aunt who was complaining, I simply uninstalled her two antivirus
> programs on her new PC. She will not be infected, I bet.


Viruses are tricky...
I suggest AVG Anti Virus - free (Home) edition.
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 1:50:56 PM

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Scott wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 12:23:03 -0400, "kurttrail"
> <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote:
> >
> >When the OP is done with the shotgun, take a turn yourself!
>
> Go piss up a rope you sanctimonious SOB.


There's alot of love in these threads.
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 1:51:18 PM

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Again, what about pc's that only one person uses? Intrusive AV software
should be installed only on PC's that are going to be shared. Companies
should sell personal PC's as well as public-used PC's as a distinct
category, and only the latter should be equipped to a massive extent
with AV software.

Treeman wrote:
> Jonathan,
> Depends on where you go & what you download from the internet. I just
> worked on a laptop that had 447 instances of spyware/adware & 14
> viruses!
> It was used at school & all her friends had access to it.
> I used to use Norton products, but I've switched to Nod32 on all of my
> computers. (4) http://www.nod32.com/
> There are plenty of free anti-virus programs out there.
> Someone will post a list for you.
> Best,
> Treeman
>
>
> --
> Treeman
>
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Anonymous
June 24, 2005 2:26:21 PM

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Jonathan,
Depends on where you go & what you download from the internet. I just
worked on a laptop that had 447 instances of spyware/adware & 14
viruses!
It was used at school & all her friends had access to it.
I used to use Norton products, but I've switched to Nod32 on all of my
computers. (4) http://www.nod32.com/
There are plenty of free anti-virus programs out there.
Someone will post a list for you.
Best,
Treeman


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Anonymous
June 24, 2005 2:36:01 PM

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If you really feel this way, please go off line now and stay off because
soon you will be spreading viruses all over the web and being used to spam
us. You don't want protection? Fine, that's your right, but as I said, get
the hell off line, NOW!

"Jonathan Wolfson" <jon3825@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1119623872.766594.324600@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> Me and my friend were trying to set up our laptop so that it could play
> some mpeg file I made to memorialize someone. It had Windows Media
> Player, so all was fine, and there were some issues regarding setting
> it up to play in a digital projector. But every 20 seconds, an urgent
> reminder kept appearing about how I need to update my Norton Antivirus
> file. Every 20 seconds! Because of that, there was a chance that would
> appear every 20 seconds during the presentation, so me and my friend
> uninstalled the Norton Antivirus software. After all, my friend did not
> purchase this or even download it for free- it came with the Compaq.
> The only way to eliminate this problem is to get rid of the software.
> Mo did not care, after all, he has never had a virus in his life. The
> extent of his computer issues relate to spyware, spam, pop-ups, and an
> undefragmented hard drive. Who the hell has ever had a virus anyway?
> Anyone?
>
> These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far worse as
> infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces of memory than I can
> imagine any virus to be. Shame on them! They are far worse than any
> virus that the media dreams up and invents.
>
> Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon is a sham, is a
> way to get you to spend money on anti-virus software, which runs every
> 18 seconds reminding you to download new anti-virus software because
> even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820 times, you might
> get one now.
>
> -Jonathan Wolfson
>
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 2:39:50 PM

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As long as her computer no connection with the rest of the world she
will be just fine.

Jonathan Wolfson wrote:

> How come that has never happened to me? I do not run AV software. Also,
> I am not a corporation. So why do AV programs get pre-installed on user
> systems? And can't computer makes make them a lot less intrusive and
> much more in the background? By default they should be way in the
> background, not in the forefront. Another thing is the loud noises the
> software makes when demanding an update. To fix this problem for my
> aunt who was complaining, I simply uninstalled her two antivirus
> programs on her new PC. She will not be infected, I bet.
>
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 2:49:52 PM

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"Jonathan Wolfson" <jon3825@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1119623872.766594.324600@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> Me and my friend were trying to set up our laptop so that it could play
> some mpeg file I made to memorialize someone. It had Windows Media
> Player, so all was fine, and there were some issues regarding setting
> it up to play in a digital projector. But every 20 seconds, an urgent
> reminder kept appearing about how I need to update my Norton Antivirus
> file. Every 20 seconds! Because of that, there was a chance that would
> appear every 20 seconds during the presentation, so me and my friend
> uninstalled the Norton Antivirus software. After all, my friend did not
> purchase this or even download it for free- it came with the Compaq.
> The only way to eliminate this problem is to get rid of the software.
> Mo did not care, after all, he has never had a virus in his life. The
> extent of his computer issues relate to spyware, spam, pop-ups, and an
> undefragmented hard drive. Who the hell has ever had a virus anyway?
> Anyone?
>
> These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far worse as
> infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces of memory than I can
> imagine any virus to be. Shame on them! They are far worse than any
> virus that the media dreams up and invents.
>
> Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon is a sham, is a
> way to get you to spend money on anti-virus software, which runs every
> 18 seconds reminding you to download new anti-virus software because
> even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820 times, you might
> get one now.
>
> -Jonathan Wolfson
>

I want you to find a dictionary...any one will do. Okay, now I want you to
look up the word "Idiot". Find it? How cool...it's a picture of
you...right there in the dictionary...under the word Idiot! But wait...it
gets better! There are other pictures of you...under Loser, Stupid,
Ignorant,
Dolt...well you get the picture.

Your are a cretin.

You do not deserve to own a computer.

Bobby
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 2:51:37 PM

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You may think it's a sham now, but just wait until the system gets hit
by a virus. It's not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. In this
day an age an antivirus program is a must. I do agree with you that
NAV and McAfee are junk. I would never recommend either. You will find
my suggestions here:
Virus and Spyware removal and prevention
http://bertk.mvps.org/html/spyware.html

--
Regards,
Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
http://dts-l.org/

Jonathan Wolfson wrote:
> Me and my friend were trying to set up our laptop so that
> it could play some mpeg file I made to memorialize
> someone. It had Windows Media Player, so all was fine,
> and there were some issues regarding setting it up to
> play in a digital projector. But every 20 seconds, an
> urgent reminder kept appearing about how I need to update
> my Norton Antivirus file. Every 20 seconds! Because of
> that, there was a chance that would appear every 20
> seconds during the presentation, so me and my friend
> uninstalled the Norton Antivirus software. After all, my
> friend did not purchase this or even download it for
> free- it came with the Compaq. The only way to eliminate
> this problem is to get rid of the software. Mo did not
> care, after all, he has never had a virus in his life.
> The extent of his computer issues relate to spyware,
> spam, pop-ups, and an undefragmented hard drive. Who the
> hell has ever had a virus anyway? Anyone?
>
> These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far
> worse as infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces of
> memory than I can imagine any virus to be. Shame on them!
> They are far worse than any virus that the media dreams
> up and invents.
>
> Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon
> is a sham, is a way to get you to spend money on
> anti-virus software, which runs every 18 seconds
> reminding you to download new anti-virus software because
> even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820
> times, you might get one now.
>
> -Jonathan Wolfson
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 2:51:38 PM

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You get shots when you are a child to prevent a catastrophic (pardon my
spelling) sickness that could kill you. The chances of you getting that
virus in this day and age may be slim, however I would rather have a few
shots than die, I'm sure most people would agree.

A computer virus works the same way. If you leave your computer completely
open to attack, you are just waiting for a disaster. You don't think that a
virus can harm your system? Maybe it's easy for you, if you don't mind
reformating your hard drive or loosing all of your data, but consider an
accountant of a large coorporation...a virus comes in and completely wipes
all the financial records which could cost millions to replace. Leaving
important systems volunerable is not a wise choice.

Additionally, a virus could deny access to important services, remove users
from being able to logon, run your hardware to it's maximum, (often times
shortening the life of your system). There are too many chances that I for
one am not willing to take.

So antivirus software isn't pleasant...but in my opion much better than the
alternative. Most AV programs are setup to be flexible...you can select
options to update the virus definitions when it is convienient for you.

Jason Ryon

"Bert Kinney" wrote:

> You may think it's a sham now, but just wait until the system gets hit
> by a virus. It's not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. In this
> day an age an antivirus program is a must. I do agree with you that
> NAV and McAfee are junk. I would never recommend either. You will find
> my suggestions here:
> Virus and Spyware removal and prevention
> http://bertk.mvps.org/html/spyware.html
>
> --
> Regards,
> Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
> http://dts-l.org/
>
> Jonathan Wolfson wrote:
> > Me and my friend were trying to set up our laptop so that
> > it could play some mpeg file I made to memorialize
> > someone. It had Windows Media Player, so all was fine,
> > and there were some issues regarding setting it up to
> > play in a digital projector. But every 20 seconds, an
> > urgent reminder kept appearing about how I need to update
> > my Norton Antivirus file. Every 20 seconds! Because of
> > that, there was a chance that would appear every 20
> > seconds during the presentation, so me and my friend
> > uninstalled the Norton Antivirus software. After all, my
> > friend did not purchase this or even download it for
> > free- it came with the Compaq. The only way to eliminate
> > this problem is to get rid of the software. Mo did not
> > care, after all, he has never had a virus in his life.
> > The extent of his computer issues relate to spyware,
> > spam, pop-ups, and an undefragmented hard drive. Who the
> > hell has ever had a virus anyway? Anyone?
> >
> > These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far
> > worse as infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces of
> > memory than I can imagine any virus to be. Shame on them!
> > They are far worse than any virus that the media dreams
> > up and invents.
> >
> > Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon
> > is a sham, is a way to get you to spend money on
> > anti-virus software, which runs every 18 seconds
> > reminding you to download new anti-virus software because
> > even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820
> > times, you might get one now.
> >
> > -Jonathan Wolfson
>
>
>
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 2:55:00 PM

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Jonathan Wolfson wrote:
> Me and my friend were trying to set up our laptop so that it could
> play some mpeg file I made to memorialize someone. It had Windows
> Media Player, so all was fine, and there were some issues regarding
> setting it up to play in a digital projector. But every 20 seconds,
> an urgent reminder kept appearing about how I need to update my
> Norton Antivirus file. Every 20 seconds! Because of that, there was a
> chance that would appear every 20 seconds during the presentation, so
> me and my friend uninstalled the Norton Antivirus software. After
> all, my friend did not purchase this or even download it for free- it
> came with the Compaq. The only way to eliminate this problem is to
> get rid of the software. Mo did not care, after all, he has never had
> a virus in his life. The extent of his computer issues relate to
> spyware, spam, pop-ups, and an undefragmented hard drive. Who the
> hell has ever had a virus anyway? Anyone?
>
> These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far worse as
> infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces of memory than I can
> imagine any virus to be. Shame on them! They are far worse than any
> virus that the media dreams up and invents.
>
> Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon is a sham, is
> a way to get you to spend money on anti-virus software, which runs
> every 18 seconds reminding you to download new anti-virus software
> because even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820 times,
> you might get one now.

Insert shotgun barrel in your mouth and pull the trigger, and your
problems should disappear.

--
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Anonymous
June 24, 2005 4:07:44 PM

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Hi Jason,

The only statement I would challenge, is "The chances of you getting
that virus in this day and age may be slim". The chance of getting a
virus/Trojan increases each day. The change can also depend on one's
surfing habits. However, this will not prevent getting virus/Trojan
via email. This is why antivirus software is a must, IMO.

--
Regards,
Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
http://dts-l.org/

Jason Ryon wrote:
> You get shots when you are a child to prevent a
> catastrophic (pardon my spelling) sickness that could
> kill you. The chances of you getting that virus in this
> day and age may be slim, however I would rather have a
> few shots than die, I'm sure most people would agree.
>
> A computer virus works the same way. If you leave your
> computer completely open to attack, you are just waiting
> for a disaster. You don't think that a virus can harm
> your system? Maybe it's easy for you, if you don't mind
> reformating your hard drive or loosing all of your data,
> but consider an accountant of a large coorporation...a
> virus comes in and completely wipes all the financial
> records which could cost millions to replace. Leaving
> important systems volunerable is not a wise choice.
>
> Additionally, a virus could deny access to important
> services, remove users from being able to logon, run your
> hardware to it's maximum, (often times shortening the
> life of your system). There are too many chances that I
> for one am not willing to take.
>
> So antivirus software isn't pleasant...but in my opion
> much better than the alternative. Most AV programs are
> setup to be flexible...you can select options to update
> the virus definitions when it is convienient for you.
>
> Jason Ryon
>
> "Bert Kinney" wrote:
>
>> You may think it's a sham now, but just wait until the
>> system gets hit by a virus. It's not a matter of if, it
>> is a matter of when. In this day an age an antivirus
>> program is a must. I do agree with you that NAV and
>> McAfee are junk. I would never recommend either. You
>> will find my suggestions here:
>> Virus and Spyware removal and prevention
>> http://bertk.mvps.org/html/spyware.html
>>
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
>> http://dts-l.org/
>>
>> Jonathan Wolfson wrote:
>>> Me and my friend were trying to set up our laptop so
>>> that it could play some mpeg file I made to memorialize
>>> someone. It had Windows Media Player, so all was fine,
>>> and there were some issues regarding setting it up to
>>> play in a digital projector. But every 20 seconds, an
>>> urgent reminder kept appearing about how I need to
>>> update my Norton Antivirus file. Every 20 seconds!
>>> Because of that, there was a chance that would appear
>>> every 20 seconds during the presentation, so me and my
>>> friend uninstalled the Norton Antivirus software. After
>>> all, my friend did not purchase this or even download
>>> it for free- it came with the Compaq. The only way to
>>> eliminate this problem is to get rid of the software.
>>> Mo did not care, after all, he has never had a virus in
>>> his life. The extent of his computer issues relate to
>>> spyware, spam, pop-ups, and an undefragmented hard
>>> drive. Who the hell has ever had a virus anyway? Anyone?
>>>
>>> These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far
>>> worse as infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces
>>> of memory than I can imagine any virus to be. Shame on
>>> them! They are far worse than any virus that the media
>>> dreams up and invents.
>>>
>>> Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon
>>> is a sham, is a way to get you to spend money on
>>> anti-virus software, which runs every 18 seconds
>>> reminding you to download new anti-virus software
>>> because even though you did not get a virus the last
>>> 47,820 times, you might get one now.
>>>
>>> -Jonathan Wolfson
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 4:14:52 PM

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Jason Ryon wrote:
> You get shots when you are a child to prevent a catastrophic (pardon
> my spelling) sickness that could kill you. The chances of you
> getting that virus in this day and age may be slim, however I would
> rather have a few shots than die, I'm sure most people would agree.
>
> A computer virus works the same way. If you leave your computer
> completely open to attack, you are just waiting for a disaster. You
> don't think that a virus can harm your system? Maybe it's easy for
> you, if you don't mind reformating your hard drive or loosing all of
> your data, but consider an accountant of a large coorporation...a
> virus comes in and completely wipes all the financial records which
> could cost millions to replace. Leaving important systems
> volunerable is not a wise choice.
>
> Additionally, a virus could deny access to important services, remove
> users from being able to logon, run your hardware to it's maximum,
> (often times shortening the life of your system). There are too many
> chances that I for one am not willing to take.
>
> So antivirus software isn't pleasant...but in my opion much better
> than the alternative. Most AV programs are setup to be
> flexible...you can select options to update the virus definitions
> when it is convienient for you.
>

Norton AV is not a better alternative that many viruses.

But there are some decent AV programs out there, NAV just isn't one of
them.

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Peace!
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June 24, 2005 4:56:02 PM

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On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 08:13:19 -0700, "Kerry Brown"
<kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote:

>Nice troll, should hook a few.
>
>Kerry

I give it a 3.5. Far better was "noise as a snore in memory when computer is in
idle" in mpsv recently, a 7.
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 5:05:09 PM

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Jonathan Wolfson wrote:
> Again, what about pc's that only one person uses? Intrusive AV
> software should be installed only on PC's that are going to be
> shared. Companies should sell personal PC's as well as public-used
> PC's as a distinct category, and only the latter should be equipped
> to a massive extent with AV software.
>

LOL! Any PC that is on the net without AV is a likely shared computer,
it is just the owner is unaware that it is being shared.

If you want a computer built to your specs, then deal with small local
OEMs, not multinational corporations, or build it yourself.

--
Peace!
Kurt
Self-anointed Moderator
microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
http://microscum.com/mscommunity
"Trustworthy Computing" is only another example of an Oxymoron!
"Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei"
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 5:16:49 PM

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From: "Jonathan Wolfson" <jon3825@gmail.com>


| Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon is a sham, is a
| way to get you to spend money on anti-virus software, which runs every
| 18 seconds reminding you to download new anti-virus software because
| even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820 times, you might
| get one now.
|
| -Jonathan Wolfson

That's plain bullsh!t and FUD !!

Did you not hear about the Mastercard, American Express, Vias and Discover card processing
house infection ?

A Credit Card processor for the above Credit Card organizations was infected with a virus
and was able to steal tens of thousands of credit card accounts and compramised as many as
40 Million total !

You know NOTHING about computer infectors. You don't how organized crime has created
malware to steal personal information. You don't know about zombied computers acting as
proxy spam agents. You don't know about Internet worms causing 100's of millions of Dollars
in damages on corporate networks.

If you care to discuss this topic further, I suggest going to...

alt.comp.virus

and/or

alt.comp.anti-virus

--
Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
http://www.ik-cs.com/got-a-virus.htm
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 5:38:28 PM

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Sometimes, I daydream myself. Like the time I figured out that I've never
been in a car accident. So, why would I need a car with air bags or a seat
belt I wondered. Then, I wokeup.

Laptops, or PCs for that matter, if used in the old defintion of
"standalone" (no internet or LAN access), and you don't frequent trial,
shared, or otherwise given to you software, you may be okay without AV
loaded. Beware anything you load on your laptop though. Common sense goes
a long way.

Am not an idiot though. You never mentioned any kind of external access
from the laptop. You left that in left field for someone to guess
(trolling?), If so, the laptop needs an AV, period.

NAV doesn't bug the user every 20 seconds when the definitions are out of
date. Try again. Windows Security Center (XP SP2) may depending how its
setup, and what the user choosed to do when prompted. If this is too
difficult to figure out for you or this Mo fella, maybe you better leave the
AV installed in case the user fails an error in judgment when negotiating
some decision to install or insert some media on the laptop.

Have a nice day.

"Jonathan Wolfson" <jon3825@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1119623872.766594.324600@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> Me and my friend were trying to set up our laptop so that it could play
> some mpeg file I made to memorialize someone. It had Windows Media
> Player, so all was fine, and there were some issues regarding setting
> it up to play in a digital projector. But every 20 seconds, an urgent
> reminder kept appearing about how I need to update my Norton Antivirus
> file. Every 20 seconds! Because of that, there was a chance that would
> appear every 20 seconds during the presentation, so me and my friend
> uninstalled the Norton Antivirus software. After all, my friend did not
> purchase this or even download it for free- it came with the Compaq.
> The only way to eliminate this problem is to get rid of the software.
> Mo did not care, after all, he has never had a virus in his life. The
> extent of his computer issues relate to spyware, spam, pop-ups, and an
> undefragmented hard drive. Who the hell has ever had a virus anyway?
> Anyone?
>
> These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far worse as
> infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces of memory than I can
> imagine any virus to be. Shame on them! They are far worse than any
> virus that the media dreams up and invents.
>
> Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon is a sham, is a
> way to get you to spend money on anti-virus software, which runs every
> 18 seconds reminding you to download new anti-virus software because
> even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820 times, you might
> get one now.
>
> -Jonathan Wolfson
>
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 6:03:16 PM

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"Lou" <none@example.org> wrote in message
news:2shob15a6cl7qc8mpfoi39hf4guvur8vpq@4ax.com...
> On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 08:13:19 -0700, "Kerry Brown"
> <kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote:
>
>>Nice troll, should hook a few.
>>
>>Kerry
>
> I give it a 3.5. Far better was "noise as a snore in memory when computer
> is in
> idle" in mpsv recently, a 7.

That one was pretty good. I'm still not sure if it was a language problem or
a troll. This is a busier group so this one will generate more traffic :-)

Kerry
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 6:31:17 PM

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kurttrail wrote:

>
> You should talk sexual predator! You are worse than the trolls in this
> thread, namely the OP and its backers. I am one that is frustrating the
> trolls. I believe in giving trolls attention, but not necessarily the
> kind of attention they were seeking.
>
> --
> Peace!
> Kurt
> Self-anointed Moderator
> microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
> http://microscum.com/mscommunity
> "Trustworthy Computing" is only another example of an Oxymoron!
> "Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei"

Barry White. He makes the best makeout music known to man. Nothing
today can even begin tocompare. I think there is some sort of
intonation in his voice that drives chicks nuts.
June 24, 2005 7:27:02 PM

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On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 10:36:01 -0500, "Jone Doe" <fake@nowhere.org> wrote:

>If you really feel this way, please go off line now and stay off because
>soon you will be spreading viruses all over the web and being used to spam
>us. You don't want protection? Fine, that's your right, but as I said, get
>the hell off line, NOW!

AMEN.
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 7:36:44 PM

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On 24 Jun 2005 08:28:49 -0700, in microsoft.public.windowsxp.general ,
"Jonathan Wolfson" <jon3825@gmail.com> in
<1119626929.748645.19160@g49g2000cwa.googlegroups.com> wrote:

>How come that has never happened to me? I do not run AV software. Also,
>I am not a corporation. So why do AV programs get pre-installed on user
>systems? And can't computer makes make them a lot less intrusive and
>much more in the background? By default they should be way in the
>background, not in the forefront. Another thing is the loud noises the
>software makes when demanding an update. To fix this problem for my
>aunt who was complaining, I simply uninstalled her two antivirus
>programs on her new PC. She will not be infected, I bet.

Troll? Yep.



--
Matt Silberstein

All in all, if I could be any animal, I would want to be
a duck or a goose. They can fly, walk, and swim. Plus,
there there is a certain satisfaction knowing that at the
end of your life you will taste good with an orange sauce
or, in the case of a goose, a chestnut stuffing.
June 24, 2005 8:38:03 PM

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On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 14:03:16 -0700, "Kerry Brown"
<kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote:

>"Lou" <none@example.org> wrote in message
>news:2shob15a6cl7qc8mpfoi39hf4guvur8vpq@4ax.com...
>> On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 08:13:19 -0700, "Kerry Brown"
>> <kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote:
>>
>>>Nice troll, should hook a few.
>>>
>>>Kerry
>>
>> I give it a 3.5. Far better was "noise as a snore in memory when computer
>> is in
>> idle" in mpsv recently, a 7.
>
>That one was pretty good. I'm still not sure if it was a language problem or
>a troll. This is a busier group so this one will generate more traffic :-)

If Miss Tick gets involved, I'd give that a certainty. Without her, well, the
"I don't need a firewall" / "I don't need anti-virus" etc lamers are so common,
everything said here has been said so many times... ;-}
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 9:32:47 PM

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"Jonathan Wolfson" <jon3825@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1119623872.766594.324600@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> Me and my friend were trying to set up our laptop so that it could play
> some mpeg file I made to memorialize someone. It had Windows Media
> Player, so all was fine, and there were some issues regarding setting
> it up to play in a digital projector. But every 20 seconds, an urgent
> reminder kept appearing about how I need to update my Norton Antivirus
> file. Every 20 seconds! Because of that, there was a chance that would
> appear every 20 seconds during the presentation, so me and my friend
> uninstalled the Norton Antivirus software. After all, my friend did not
> purchase this or even download it for free- it came with the Compaq.
> The only way to eliminate this problem is to get rid of the software.
> Mo did not care, after all, he has never had a virus in his life. The
> extent of his computer issues relate to spyware, spam, pop-ups, and an
> undefragmented hard drive. Who the hell has ever had a virus anyway?
> Anyone?
>
> These evil companies like Norton and McAfee are far, far worse as
> infectant programs and as time-wasting pieces of memory than I can
> imagine any virus to be. Shame on them! They are far worse than any
> virus that the media dreams up and invents.
>
> Don't you people understand? The whole virus phenomenon is a sham, is a
> way to get you to spend money on anti-virus software, which runs every
> 18 seconds reminding you to download new anti-virus software because
> even though you did not get a virus the last 47,820 times, you might
> get one now.
>
> -Jonathan Wolfson

Troll.

Norton anti-virus may have some issues, but you would be daft to connect to
the internet without anti-virus (and firewall).
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 10:22:49 PM

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On 24 Jun 2005 12:56:02 -0500, Lou <none@example.org> wrote:

>On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 08:13:19 -0700, "Kerry Brown"
><kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote:
>
>>Nice troll, should hook a few.
>>
>>Kerry
>
>I give it a 3.5. Far better was "noise as a snore in memory when computer is in
>idle" in mpsv recently, a 7.

It may have been a sincere post, or maybe not. I've certainly heard
similar sentiments before. I think there is a certain amount of
witch-doctor in the approach of certain 'AntiSpy' software
manufacturers. Less so among antivirus companies, but that still
fuels conspiracy theories.

The 'memory snore' is indeed a catchy subject line. Perhaps "Norton's
Nodoz" would work.

What is mpsv? I've recently found this group via google hits on some
problems I was trying to resolve (great group here!). Are there other
similar newsgroups?
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 10:41:42 PM

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"_RR" <_RR@nomail.org> wrote in message
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> On 24 Jun 2005 12:56:02 -0500, Lou <none@example.org> wrote:
>
>>On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 08:13:19 -0700, "Kerry Brown"
>><kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote:
>>
>>>Nice troll, should hook a few.
>>>
>>>Kerry
>>
>>I give it a 3.5. Far better was "noise as a snore in memory when computer
>>is in
>>idle" in mpsv recently, a 7.
>
> It may have been a sincere post, or maybe not. I've certainly heard
> similar sentiments before. I think there is a certain amount of
> witch-doctor in the approach of certain 'AntiSpy' software
> manufacturers. Less so among antivirus companies, but that still
> fuels conspiracy theories.
>
> The 'memory snore' is indeed a catchy subject line. Perhaps "Norton's
> Nodoz" would work.
>
> What is mpsv? I've recently found this group via google hits on some
> problems I was trying to resolve (great group here!). Are there other
> similar newsgroups?
>

Set your news server to msnews.microsoft.com There are a plethora of groups
to choose from. It's quicker posting direct to the ms server rather your
isp's and waiting for it to propagate.

Kerry
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 11:17:53 PM

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"kurttrail" <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote in message
news:o s6rv7NeFHA.3012@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
| Jonathan Wolfson wrote:
| > Again, what about pc's that only one person uses? Intrusive AV
| > software should be installed only on PC's that are going to be
| > shared. Companies should sell personal PC's as well as public-used
| > PC's as a distinct category, and only the latter should be equipped
| > to a massive extent with AV software.
| >
|
| LOL! Any PC that is on the net without AV is a likely shared
computer,
| it is just the owner is unaware that it is being shared.

I have a tendency towards a proper education on the use of a computer
than AV software. I do use an online scan every once in a while. I
have
never had a virus or spyware. _EDUCATION_ The OP did state that
the AV was calling home, many of them do.

| If you want a computer built to your specs, then deal with small local
| OEMs, not multinational corporations, or build it yourself.

The above is a very astute statement. Spend a few more bucks and save
tons of grief.
June 25, 2005 2:35:35 AM

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And :
- never connect to the web
- never read any mail
- never put in any drive any diskette / CD / suuport that you have not
cretade yourself
- never go WiFi

Any of these actions can get you a virus. Viruses do not alert you before
destroying.
If you get one chances are you loose data - if not backup : gone it is
forever and that can be dramatic ( professionally or emotionnally ( photos
for example)). Or it can transmit personal data or monitor your typed keys
and and and : no limit.

There are many antivirus softwares : on ewill surely work well for you and
not enough interfere with daily work. All are available as try-and-buy : so
no reason to not try.
Just do a backup before, so reverting will be fast and easy as well.

Phil

"kurttrail" <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> a écrit dans le
message de news: Os6rv7NeFHA.3012@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Jonathan Wolfson wrote:
>> Again, what about pc's that only one person uses? Intrusive AV
>> software should be installed only on PC's that are going to be
>> shared. Companies should sell personal PC's as well as public-used
>> PC's as a distinct category, and only the latter should be equipped
>> to a massive extent with AV software.
>>
>
> LOL! Any PC that is on the net without AV is a likely shared computer, it
> is just the owner is unaware that it is being shared.
>
> If you want a computer built to your specs, then deal with small local
> OEMs, not multinational corporations, or build it yourself.
>
> --
> Peace!
> Kurt
> Self-anointed Moderator
> microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
> http://microscum.com/mscommunity
> "Trustworthy Computing" is only another example of an Oxymoron!
> "Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei"
>
June 25, 2005 5:00:03 AM

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On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 18:22:49 -0400, _RR <_RR@nomail.org> wrote:

>On 24 Jun 2005 12:56:02 -0500, Lou <none@example.org> wrote:
>
>>On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 08:13:19 -0700, "Kerry Brown"
>><kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote:
>>
>>>Nice troll, should hook a few.
>>>
>>>Kerry
>>
>>I give it a 3.5. Far better was "noise as a snore in memory when computer is in
>>idle" in mpsv recently, a 7.
>
>It may have been a sincere post, or maybe not. I've certainly heard
>similar sentiments before. I think there is a certain amount of
>witch-doctor in the approach of certain 'AntiSpy' software
>manufacturers. Less so among antivirus companies, but that still
>fuels conspiracy theories.
>
>The 'memory snore' is indeed a catchy subject line. Perhaps "Norton's
>Nodoz" would work.
>
>What is mpsv? I've recently found this group via google hits on some
>problems I was trying to resolve (great group here!). Are there other
>similar newsgroups?

MPSV is Microsoft public security virus - it's available on most news servers.

It may be a sincere post, but I doubt it. I sincerely hope nobody is as stupid
as the OP sounds. You absolutely should NOT connect to the internet without a
good layered security, including antivirus.

If your computer labours to run with protection like antivirus, antispyware, and
hardened software, your computer is either already serving software that you
don't know about (ie infected thru lack of security), or it's so feeble that
it's not worth using. With all of the protective software that I consider
necessary, my computer runs maybe 5 - 10% CPU use when idle, and maybe 25 - 30%
when in use, and half of THAT is NOT security software either - its not at all
strained.

Arguing that one should use a computer on the internet, without protection,
because the load of protective software is too onerous to one's computer is just
like someone wanting to disable the brakes on their car because the drag from
the brakes puts a stain on the engine. And as a legal user of the highway would
object to someone tooling down the highway with no brakes, any protected user of
the internet should object to anybody connecting to the internet without any
protection. What the OP does affects all of us.

If he's serious, he's the best case in favour of licensing internet usage, that
I have seen this year. His ISP should be contacted, and he should be
quarantined. He's a bot member in the making, and to not object to his assinine
attitude is irresponsible. If he's simply trolling, and some clueless and naive
person should take him seriously, that would be equally as unacceptable.
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 10:39:38 AM

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OK, I'll install a freeware AV that was recommended in the thread, if
it is true that my attitude affects other people. I certainly do not
want to harm others. My point was that I have never had a virus even
though I never had AV software. I download lots of things from the
internet and from LimeWire, and I simply do not open suspicious
software or Spam. How else can I possibly get a virus? Whatever, if it
makes you all feel happier and more secure, I will install AV software-
I don't want people angry at me. When I was making a memorial
presentation for a friend who passed away, it was a solemn time, and
Norton AV update reminder kept making loud nolises and interrupting my
effort, every twenty seconds. Can't you understand how I feel that is
more intrusive than a virus can be?
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 11:18:53 AM

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"Jonathan Wolfson" <jon3825@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1119706778.136184.247710@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> OK, I'll install a freeware AV that was recommended in the thread, if
> it is true that my attitude affects other people. I certainly do not
> want to harm others. My point was that I have never had a virus even
> though I never had AV software. I download lots of things from the
> internet and from LimeWire, and I simply do not open suspicious
> software or Spam. How else can I possibly get a virus? Whatever, if it
> makes you all feel happier and more secure, I will install AV software-
> I don't want people angry at me. When I was making a memorial
> presentation for a friend who passed away, it was a solemn time, and
> Norton AV update reminder kept making loud nolises and interrupting my
> effort, every twenty seconds. Can't you understand how I feel that is
> more intrusive than a virus can be?
>

Yes we understand that was a problem. It is not normal for NAV to do this.
Something was setup wrong. If you don't test for the presence of something
how do you know it doesn't exist? Downloading from limewire is a sure way to
get a virus. Many criminals setup servers for p2p with the explicit purpose
of taking over computers for criminal activity. I see at least two or three
computers a month with malware contracted from p2p sharing. Most of them
with a root kit installed.

I still think is a troll trying to extend the thread but just in case I've
answered.

Kerry
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 11:21:45 AM

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I guess because I am an educated user, I need no AV protection. I guess
I imagine the masses to be educated users as well. It is frankly
difficult to imagine people uneducated, since proper computer usage
seems very intuitive- simply do not open things that look unfamiliar.
What else is there?
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 11:28:58 AM

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Maybe it was McAfee that had the twenty second update reminder, and my
friend and I could not figure out, in the span of an hour or so, how to
remove that message, so the only thing to do was to uninstall it.
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 11:42:40 AM

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On 25 Jun 2005 01:00:03 -0500, Lou <lour0314@gmail.com> wrote:

>On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 18:22:49 -0400, _RR <_RR@nomail.org> wrote:
>>It may have been a sincere post, or maybe not. I've certainly heard
>>similar sentiments before. I think there is a certain amount of
>>witch-doctor in the approach of certain 'AntiSpy' software
>>manufacturers. Less so among antivirus companies, but that still
>>fuels conspiracy theories.
>>
>>The 'memory snore' is indeed a catchy subject line. Perhaps "Norton's
>>Nodoz" would work.
>>
>>What is mpsv? I've recently found this group via google hits on some
>>problems I was trying to resolve (great group here!). Are there other
>>similar newsgroups?

>MPSV is Microsoft public security virus - it's available on most news servers.

Thanks, I'll look.

>It may be a sincere post, but I doubt it. I sincerely hope nobody is as stupid
>as the OP sounds. You absolutely should NOT connect to the internet without a
>good layered security, including antivirus.
>
>If he's serious, he's the best case in favour of licensing internet usage, that
>I have seen this year. His ISP should be contacted, and he should be
>quarantined. He's a bot member in the making, and to not object to his assinine
>attitude is irresponsible. If he's simply trolling, and some clueless and naive
>person should take him seriously, that would be equally as unacceptable.

So he's playing the part of John Hurt in the Alien. Hurt won't be
poking at any more alien pods.

Seriously, I wish the legal system would aggressively change the
current situation. Until there are significant penalties, viruses
will proliferate and there's no practical way to guard against every
single one.

AntiVirus has become an industry unto itself, like > 640K managers
were 10 years ago. At this point, I don't see antivirus software
alone overcoming it. It's playing constant defense.
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 11:42:41 AM

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"_RR" <_RR@nomail.org> wrote in message
news:7pgqb1psdoko1kcgk0hh99nbumin5gcflr@4ax.com...
> On 25 Jun 2005 01:00:03 -0500, Lou <lour0314@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 18:22:49 -0400, _RR <_RR@nomail.org> wrote:
>>>It may have been a sincere post, or maybe not. I've certainly heard
>>>similar sentiments before. I think there is a certain amount of
>>>witch-doctor in the approach of certain 'AntiSpy' software
>>>manufacturers. Less so among antivirus companies, but that still
>>>fuels conspiracy theories.
>>>
>>>The 'memory snore' is indeed a catchy subject line. Perhaps "Norton's
>>>Nodoz" would work.
>>>
>>>What is mpsv? I've recently found this group via google hits on some
>>>problems I was trying to resolve (great group here!). Are there other
>>>similar newsgroups?
>
>>MPSV is Microsoft public security virus - it's available on most news
>>servers.
>
> Thanks, I'll look.
>
>>It may be a sincere post, but I doubt it. I sincerely hope nobody is as
>>stupid
>>as the OP sounds. You absolutely should NOT connect to the internet
>>without a
>>good layered security, including antivirus.
>>
>>If he's serious, he's the best case in favour of licensing internet usage,
>>that
>>I have seen this year. His ISP should be contacted, and he should be
>>quarantined. He's a bot member in the making, and to not object to his
>>assinine
>>attitude is irresponsible. If he's simply trolling, and some clueless and
>>naive
>>person should take him seriously, that would be equally as unacceptable.
>
> So he's playing the part of John Hurt in the Alien. Hurt won't be
> poking at any more alien pods.
>
> Seriously, I wish the legal system would aggressively change the
> current situation. Until there are significant penalties, viruses
> will proliferate and there's no practical way to guard against every
> single one.
>
> AntiVirus has become an industry unto itself, like > 640K managers
> were 10 years ago. At this point, I don't see antivirus software
> alone overcoming it. It's playing constant defense.
>

In one sense the OP is right. The antivirus companies can't react until they
see a new virus. How fast they react and how the update gets to the end user
is the key at this point. An antivirus app is one part of the defense. End
user education is the first line.

Kerry
June 25, 2005 1:35:03 PM

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On Sat, 25 Jun 2005 07:42:40 -0400, _RR <_RR@nomail.org> wrote:

>On 25 Jun 2005 01:00:03 -0500, Lou <lour0314@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 18:22:49 -0400, _RR <_RR@nomail.org> wrote:
>>>It may have been a sincere post, or maybe not. I've certainly heard
>>>similar sentiments before. I think there is a certain amount of
>>>witch-doctor in the approach of certain 'AntiSpy' software
>>>manufacturers. Less so among antivirus companies, but that still
>>>fuels conspiracy theories.
>>>
>>>The 'memory snore' is indeed a catchy subject line. Perhaps "Norton's
>>>Nodoz" would work.
>>>
>>>What is mpsv? I've recently found this group via google hits on some
>>>problems I was trying to resolve (great group here!). Are there other
>>>similar newsgroups?
>
>>MPSV is Microsoft public security virus - it's available on most news servers.
>
>Thanks, I'll look.
>
>>It may be a sincere post, but I doubt it. I sincerely hope nobody is as stupid
>>as the OP sounds. You absolutely should NOT connect to the internet without a
>>good layered security, including antivirus.
>>
>>If he's serious, he's the best case in favour of licensing internet usage, that
>>I have seen this year. His ISP should be contacted, and he should be
>>quarantined. He's a bot member in the making, and to not object to his assinine
>>attitude is irresponsible. If he's simply trolling, and some clueless and naive
>>person should take him seriously, that would be equally as unacceptable.
>
>So he's playing the part of John Hurt in the Alien. Hurt won't be
>poking at any more alien pods.
>
>Seriously, I wish the legal system would aggressively change the
>current situation. Until there are significant penalties, viruses
>will proliferate and there's no practical way to guard against every
>single one.
>
>AntiVirus has become an industry unto itself, like > 640K managers
>were 10 years ago. At this point, I don't see antivirus software
>alone overcoming it. It's playing constant defense.

Antivirus is an industry because thuggery on the Internet is big business.
There's money there - and the bad guys are all over it.

The bad guys have the advantage - plenty of clueless advertising firms are
willing to pay them to provide an advertising advantage for their products.
<http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=528&e=3&u=/ap...;

And the bad guys own lawyers - lots of them.
<http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,13144805&gt;
<http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,12962998&gt;

But you're right - antivirus software won't stop the problem. Neither will
having an airbag in your car prevent you from having an accident. But an airbag
may save your life - and antivirus software, along with other components in a
layered defense, may keep your computer from providing yet another bot to the
botnets of the world.
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 2:07:12 PM

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"BBUNNY" <bbunny@bqik.net> wrote in message
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>
> "kurttrail" <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote in message
> news:o s6rv7NeFHA.3012@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> | Jonathan Wolfson wrote:
> | > Again, what about pc's that only one person uses? Intrusive AV
> | > software should be installed only on PC's that are going to be
> | > shared. Companies should sell personal PC's as well as public-used
> | > PC's as a distinct category, and only the latter should be equipped
> | > to a massive extent with AV software.
> | >
> |
> | LOL! Any PC that is on the net without AV is a likely shared
> computer,
> | it is just the owner is unaware that it is being shared.
>
> I have a tendency towards a proper education on the use of a computer
> than AV software. I do use an online scan every once in a while. I
> have
> never had a virus or spyware. _EDUCATION_ The OP did state that
> the AV was calling home, many of them do.
>

The description given, "every 20 seconds", is what the MS Security Center
may ask if it has doubts of the AVs virus definitions. NAV update itself
defaults to 4 hours generally speaking.

I read all the replies down to yours so far. No one seems to be aware of
that. Or, wants to fess up as its an MS Security Center prompt, not NAV
update prompting every 20 seconds or so.

Lots of NAV haters and MS lovers here.

> | If you want a computer built to your specs, then deal with small local
> | OEMs, not multinational corporations, or build it yourself.
>
> The above is a very astute statement. Spend a few more bucks and save
> tons of grief.
>
>
June 25, 2005 2:12:03 PM

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On 25 Jun 2005 06:39:38 -0700, "Jonathan Wolfson" <jon3825@gmail.com> wrote:

>OK, I'll install a freeware AV that was recommended in the thread, if
>it is true that my attitude affects other people. I certainly do not
>want to harm others. My point was that I have never had a virus even
>though I never had AV software. I download lots of things from the
>internet and from LimeWire, and I simply do not open suspicious
>software or Spam. How else can I possibly get a virus? Whatever, if it
>makes you all feel happier and more secure, I will install AV software-
>I don't want people angry at me. When I was making a memorial
>presentation for a friend who passed away, it was a solemn time, and
>Norton AV update reminder kept making loud nolises and interrupting my
>effort, every twenty seconds. Can't you understand how I feel that is
>more intrusive than a virus can be?

Yes, we do understand how annoying obtrusive software reminders can be. I doubt
anybody here hasn't experienced something that frustrated us beyond belief, and
temporarily un installing software is a frequent diagnostic step.

Just don't confuse temporary diagnostic procedures with permanent solutions.

And for the record, I hate the whiny tricks that McAfee and Norton use. But you
need to fix the problem, not just eliminate the symptoms.
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 7:04:02 PM

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Jonathan Wolfson wrote:
>
> How come that has never happened to me? I do not run AV software. Also,

If you never run antivirus software than you have NO idea if you are
infected or not.

> I am not a corporation. So why do AV programs get pre-installed on user
> systems? And can't computer makes make them a lot less intrusive and

Because they want their customers to at least use the systems for a
month or so before they call tech support.

> much more in the background? By default they should be way in the
> background, not in the forefront. Another thing is the loud noises the
> software makes when demanding an update. To fix this problem for my
> aunt who was complaining, I simply uninstalled her two antivirus
> programs on her new PC. She will not be infected, I bet.

--
http://www.bootdisk.com/
Anonymous
June 26, 2005 11:14:38 PM

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On 25 Jun 2005 07:21:45 -0700, "Jonathan Wolfson" <jon3825@gmail.com>
wrote:

>I guess because I am an educated user, I need no AV protection. I guess
>I imagine the masses to be educated users as well. It is frankly
>difficult to imagine people uneducated, since proper computer usage
>seems very intuitive- simply do not open things that look unfamiliar.
>What else is there?

There was apparently a hole in IE that allowed spyware to load when
the user simply *passed their cursor over* an area on the screen. No
clicks required. This has been fixed long ago, but that's the type of
thing that no one can be expected to know about or guard against.

There will always be holes in any operating system (I don't go for
hype about Macs or Linux...if there was money in it, their security
holes would be well exploited).

The fact that there are lawyers working in defense of slimeware says
it all; there are legal loopholes that give them leverage. They
should be closed and violators should be actively pursued. That would
not prevent all trojan/spyware development, but it should at least
take it to the point where it's not as leucrative.

I saw an announcement from download.com that they will no longer post
programs that incorporate spyware. The surprise is that this implies
that they knowingly did this in the past. Makes you wonder...
!