Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Sep 2009 16:17 UTC
Bugs & Viruses A non-OSNews-reader asks: "I've got 5 PCs that I'm trying to use to train disadvantaged young people. The problem is they are riddled with viruses and a firewall blocks me from updating them. The people in charge of maintaining the PCs won't fix them or give me the admin password (Win XP) to let me install a new or updated antivirus. The centre is being shut down in a few months. If they were working, I could still do a lot with them, so I've been looking for a good online virus scan - but they all try to download a little .exe onto your PC first, and the settings on the PCs won't allow that. Suggestions? Solutions? Links?" Read on for our recommendation. Update: It appears that this question is part of an elaborate email scam designed to propagate malware. See here for details.
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RE[5]: Argh.
by darknexus on Sat 26th Sep 2009 16:23 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Argh."
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

To be fair, things like that really do happen especially in larger corporations, if you don't clear things with those ahead of you it's possible, even likely, that you'll step on someone's little pet project and that someone just might be high enough to cause you grief. That being said, for every person that is a control freak and would stamp out personal initiative, there are usually two more who would thank you for making the effort and taking time to get things working properly. Still, I don't think people can be blamed for being careful.

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RE[6]: Argh.
by Jokel on Sun 27th Sep 2009 06:47 in reply to "RE[5]: Argh."
Jokel Member since:
2006-06-01

I forgot to say it was around the year 2000. The time the y2k fear was on the highest level and IT departments where entity's that where growing and splitting up beyond control. All under the willfully eye op the "management" group that grew in importance with every split. Hence the "special department" that was created just for this friend.

Needless to say things are bit different now...

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