Linked by David Adams on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 15:58 UTC
Bugs & Viruses A version of the McAfee antivirus software used in the corporate and public sectors misidentified the svchost.exe file in Windows XP systems as malware, sending the affected machines into a loop of restarts. Only users of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise on Windows XP service pack 3 were affected, but the fallout was pretty severe, with hospital and police systems among those taken down.
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Precaution
by Leroy on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 16:39 UTC
Leroy
Member since:
2006-07-06

I also don't run anti-virus at home. I find most anti-virus programs only slow the computer down and provide little protection. Best practices like yours makes the difference.

I live in Kentucky and this story hit here Tuesday. McAfee shut down most police stations, hospitals and governments. Though honestly, I couldn't tell the difference.

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RE: Precaution
by WereCatf on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 17:04 in reply to "Precaution"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I also don't run anti-virus at home. I find most anti-virus programs only slow the computer down and provide little protection. Best practices like yours makes the difference.

I have FireFox with AdBlock+, FlashBlock and NoScript addons enabled, I am careful with what I download, and I have an external firewall. Haven't had a single virus or malware infection for years now ;)

I have installed the same addons on my mother's laptop and showed her how to use them and explained a bit on good security practices, as I have always explained to all my close relatives too. None of them have had virus or malware issues for the past few years.

It's amazing how many people seem to completely lack any kind of common sense when browsing the web, taking everything there as a 150% fact, filling their details on even the most obvious scams and so on. With even just a tiny bit of explaining of good practices they could be so much safer. Unfortunately, there is no established way of easily obtaining such knowledge, even at schools they just get taught how to use Frontpage Express or how to play Quake/Farmville, and it seems most people aren't even willing to learn! I have never understood why; is it really such a bother to have to learn something useful?

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RE[2]: Precaution
by mtzmtulivu on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 17:14 in reply to "RE: Precaution"
mtzmtulivu Member since:
2006-11-14


It's amazing how many people seem to completely lack any kind of common sense when browsing the web, taking everything there as a 150% fact, filling their details on even the most obvious scams and so on. With even just a tiny bit of explaining of good practices they could be so much safer. Unfortunately, there is no established way of easily obtaining such knowledge, even at schools they just get taught how to use Frontpage Express or how to play Quake/Farmville, and it seems most people aren't even willing to learn! I have never understood why; is it really such a bother to have to learn something useful?


you seem to be informed in matter of computing, are you as in formed in matters of law, medicine, history, religion, world geography, people in your community, internal workings of your own body?

not everybody can be expected to have the same amount of above average knowledge in each and every field.

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RE: Precaution
by SlackerJack on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 19:26 in reply to "Precaution"
SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

Someone is in for a big pay day for new OS installs after this then.

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RE: Precaution
by OSGuy on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 23:21 in reply to "Precaution"
OSGuy Member since:
2006-01-01

That makes you very gullible. You can run AV software with resident protection off. This means real-time scan is disabled and will not slow down your computer.

I never used to run AV software too but it's a bad practice. It won't hurt to right-click and scan downloaded file, "just in case". Since real-time scan is turned off, I haven't noticed any slow downs.

Edited 2010-04-23 23:23 UTC

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RE[2]: Precaution
by Morgan on Sat 24th Apr 2010 04:32 in reply to "RE: Precaution"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

If you have a fast enough system, realtime scanning really doesn't slow you down noticeably. I know I can't tell a difference at all when I'm on XP, and I've got a mediocre Core2Duo with 2GB memory and a GeForce 8400GS. Hardly a speed demon compared to current i7 systems, but more than enough for my needs.

The exception would be for gamers who want that extra three FPS for bragging rights or whatever. If that's an issue though, Avast now has a "gamer mode" that stops the realtime scanning for you when you game.

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