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Submission + - Sourceforge spreading Adware-InstallQ virus

rickymoz writes: To my surprize, when I tried to download the latest FileZilla for Windows (FileZilla_3.7.2_win32-setup.exe), the downloaded filename turned into 'SFInstaller_SFFZ_filezilla_8979715_.exe'. And boom, the anti-virus detected Adware-InstallQ. I've found out that some projects bundle their software with this install-wrapper in order to make some cash, but that was restricted to 'dubious download sites' [ref]. I didn't know sourceforge has now turned into such a filthy dirty swamp...

Comment But is Windows really as straightforward? (Score 1) 1

Very nice article indeed. I've been using Linux for 2 years now and true, the start (for administrating my box) was quite tough. But now let's look at another side of the problem.

My wife is using Linux daily. I configured her account with a nice wallpaper, put the icons of the programs she needs next to the k-menu, removed the additional desktops, added K-weather, a second clock showing the time it is where she's coming from etc... etc... She is using the computer for 4 major tasks:
1- surfing the internet
2- resizing photos
3- chatting
4- watching DVDs

For 1, I gave her Mozilla
For 2, I gave her Gimp and showed her how to resize and save
For 3, I gave her Gaim and configured her account
For 4, I gave her MPlayer

Does she have any problem? Not at all. Does she have to worry about root passwords, upgrades and so on? no, I'm doing it. And that's no big deal.

Now let's look at Windows. If somebody configured it for you, then sooner or later your system will start to get slower, you always have to watch out for viruses and co, even as a user!

Sometimes for fun I'm reading these "Make Windows safer, faster...." articles. It's terrible. Every single user has to care about so many things until they get fed up and stop updating their virus signatures and eventually get infected. And start over with a fresh install. And loose their data, which they obviously didn't back up.

Don't get me wrong, your article points out some very serious problems. But why Linux has problems, Windows has its own ones.
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