The following images are screenshots from my Micro$haft
We bought a home computer from a store down the street
with Micro$haft Windoze XP pre-installed on it.
(In fact, we had no choice.
no choices at this time. It seems they are improving
What the screenshot below shows is a dialog communicating
to the user what software has been installed on the machine.
Since we bought the computer sometime around February/March
of 2002, there have been 30 "HotFix"s installed!
There was not enough screen real estate to capture them
all in one screenshot, but you get the idea.
As of now that is an average of about 2 per month!
Do we still have viruses? Yes we do. More on
this topic below.
Since we bought the computer sometime around February/March of 2002, there have been 30 "HotFix"s installed! There was not enough screen real estate to capture them all in one screenshot, but you get the idea. As of now that is an average of about 2 per month! Do we still have viruses? Yes we do. More on this topic below.
This was one of my favorite viruses, the Blaster worm.
The result was that we couldn't fully boot the computer anymore. Then we had to get out the original repair CD that came with the computer to try and and get Windoze running again. Basically, it reinstalls the version of Windoze that was on the computer at the time we bought it. However, the problem with that, is that the scores of "Hot Fixes" that were installed previously, were all now removed. Thus, we had to go to Windoze Update to reinstall all of the security patches. And here is what the result looked like a few hours later:
After some months, we still accumulated viruses. Our computer stopped working properly. Our broadband internet access slowed down to an unbearable crawl. We knew we had viruses. After screwing around with a couple of free anti-virus software packages, which didn't work, we finally got a copy of Norton Anti-Virus.
Norton Anti-Virus runs a virus scan from CD before it installs itself. Here's a copy of our scan results. We found 76 viruses and infected files. Yes, that's right, 76! This includes several instances of the "Blood Hound" virus. It must have been a new world record. But it doesn't end there. Here's the screen shot from when we ran Norton Anti-Virus on disk after it was installed with the latest virus profiles:
Anyone know what this one is?
We've been getting this great error message for like a year now everytime we boot the computer. It doesn't just appear once, but two-four times everytime on startup. It doesn't seem to matter how many patches or "Hot Fixes" we install or how many virus programs we try, this error message always appears. It also doesn't matter how many times we send a "problem report". I'm assuming it's a virus.
We've been using Red Hat Linux at work since 1998. We've never installed any HotFix's and we have never had a virus. In my 5 or so years as a Apple Mac owner, the same holds true. Someday, we will be able to use Linux at home too. So far, we have not discovered support for our ADSL modem connected via USB under Linux. I long for the days when Micro$haft no longer holds such a firm monopoly on the home desktop PC.