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Jumpshot Kickstarter: Fully Automated Solution for PC Woes

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USB stick device automatically solves typical computer problems.

As any techie can attest to, there is always one person in the family that somehow falls for every old trick in the book and just can't keep their computer free of malware. Regardless of how many times you warn them not to click those "You won a free iPad!" advertisements, somehow you always end up cleaning up their virus-ridden computers.

Whether it's your parents, aunts, cousins or computer-challenged friends, the obligation to help can become frustrating and tiresome. Luckily for us and all of the malware-magnet computer users out there, one Kickstarter project may change it all. The Jumpshot project from Tulane University graduates David Endler and Pedram Amimi is touted as a "fully automated solution for solving PC frustration.".

Jumpshot USB Stick

The concept is simple: the user plugs the Jumpshot USB stick into the computer, and the device automatically wipes away any traces of spyware, bloatware, adware, viruses, worms etc. Best of all the device is community driven, meaning all Jumpshot devices will be able to learn from each other in order to better assist its owners.

As if the functionality wasn't enough to hook you, the designers have also created a wealth of loveable problem-fighting "minions" to help market the Jumpshot. Each minion serves a specific purpose and each Jumpshot comes loaded with "Officer Pete" and all of his cuddly "minions". With 17 days left to go the team has already amassed $132,691 of support, smashing their funding goal of $25,000.

If you'd like to get your hands on one of these sophisticated, monocle-toting USB sticks, head on over to the Kickstarter page and make a contribution. $35 gets you an 8GB stick while $55 gets you a 32GB stick.

 

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    apache_lives , August 22, 2012 11:39 AM
    ppfffttt nothing beats a fresh install
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    killerclick , August 22, 2012 12:53 PM
    Just tell them to buy a Mac... and when they do tell them you don't know anything about Macs and that they're on their own.
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    apache_lives , August 22, 2012 11:39 AM
    ppfffttt nothing beats a fresh install
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    teh_chem , August 22, 2012 11:47 AM
    You could...I dunno...install free anti-virus and anti-malware programs on the computer and make a limited-access account for the problematic users...? And never have to worry about an infection in the first place.

    You know, slightly unrelated, but Kickstarter used to be a neat place to come see some really awesome ideas--but now it seems like everyone is asking for support for some really puzzling products--not necessarily talking about this one in particular, but a lot.
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    lanbaner , August 22, 2012 12:06 PM
    as good as this solution might be I feel like the funding goal is always set to a lower expected amount so that they can "smash" their "expected" funding to create more hype arround the device.
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    unknownmember , August 22, 2012 12:52 PM
    alternatively u could just use some common sense and goin to that shady part of the net so u don't get raped....
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    killerclick , August 22, 2012 12:53 PM
    Just tell them to buy a Mac... and when they do tell them you don't know anything about Macs and that they're on their own.
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    billybobser , August 22, 2012 12:58 PM
    Is this just a flash disk with stinger on it ?
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    myromance123 , August 22, 2012 1:13 PM
    I used Ubuntu for my siblings, and I told them to click on those things just for the fun of it. Loved their shocked faces at the fact that it didn't cause the computer to die :) 

    There are always other options.
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    sa1nt , August 22, 2012 1:40 PM
    killerclickJust tell them to buy a Mac... and when they do tell them you don't know anything about Macs and that they're on their own.

    I have done that but it sounds more evil when you say it that way.
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    rosen380 , August 22, 2012 1:48 PM
    "Just tell them to buy a Mac... and when they do tell them you don't know anything about Macs and that they're on their own."

    Crap, I've been doing it all wrong-- I've been dissuading my malware infested dependents from Apple products *because* I don't know much about them. I'll reverse that immediately :) 
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    zhihao50 , August 22, 2012 2:12 PM
    killerclickJust tell them to buy a Mac... and when they do tell them you don't know anything about Macs and that they're on their own.


    Why not tell them to get Linux and then tell then you don't know anything about Linux. That way they are slightly safer and you don't have anything to worry about and they save a fair bit of money as well so its win win.
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2012 2:37 PM
    Uhhh, with the proliferation and ever changing landscape of viruses and spyware, devices like this will never work. Hell even running kaspersky/NOD32 still fail to catch viruses, and those programs update constantly. Just another stupid kickstarter bubble paid for by idiots who have no idea what they're investing in. "Hey, this thing removes viruses. I dont like viruses. SIGN ME UP!" Uhg.
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    master_chen , August 22, 2012 3:58 PM
    apache_livesppfffttt nothing beats a fresh install

    It's time to re-install the Шindoвs! Re-install it, re-install!
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    teh_chem , August 22, 2012 4:03 PM
    lolkickUhhh, with the proliferation and ever changing landscape of viruses and spyware, devices like this will never work. Hell even running kaspersky/NOD32 still fail to catch viruses, and those programs update constantly. Just another stupid kickstarter bubble paid for by idiots who have no idea what they're investing in. "Hey, this thing removes viruses. I dont like viruses. SIGN ME UP!" Uhg.

    I agree.

    Also, being able to clean up after virus/malware infestation is fine and dandy--but what about the fact that they're there in the first place? Doing god knows what and/or harvesting god knows what info.
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    slabbo , August 22, 2012 4:47 PM
    http://www.theonion.com/video/internet-scam-alert-most-kickstarter-projects-just,28655/
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    cscott_it , August 22, 2012 5:09 PM
    teh_chemI agree.Also, being able to clean up after virus/malware infestation is fine and dandy--but what about the fact that they're there in the first place? Doing god knows what and/or harvesting god knows what info.


    The problem with that is we are still using signature based virus engines. I remember some years ago reading about how they will continue to become more and more inefficient. The answer is a true heuristics AV Engine, not a Signature + Heuristics. The downside, is that currently the heuristics in AV is very processor intensive - though it seems they are much more effective with heuristics turned on (at least from what I've seen with my friends/family).
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    _Cosmin_ , August 22, 2012 7:01 PM
    Just install DeepFreeze and forget about it. With every restart the computer is in a clean state as it was when you installed DF.