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Journal: Windows and Spyware et al

Journal by wildBoar

I have recently cleaned up the PCs of some of my neighbours. They were running XP and the amount of crap on them was horrifying. Worms, Spyware, Trojans etc.

One I should of reinstalled completely, it would of been much quicker. What are people doing to get so much rubbish on there Pcs. I find it quite worrying.

A few useful online tools exists, but what I don't like is that they all work using ActiveX. I suppose they have to as ActiveX is probably the only thing lax enough from a security point of view to allow you the FS access necessary.

For those looking I can recommend :

SpyBot S&D (Free)
XoftSpy (Scan is free, then u have to pay)
BHO Daemon (Free)
HijackThis (registry reporting tool)

Pandasoft had an interesting online virus tool BUT VBX and they can access your entire PC.

Desktops (Apple)

Journal: Mini Mac

Journal by wildBoar

I am considering getting a Mini Mac. What will stop me rushing off to the shop though is that 10.4 of OS X is out in March/April.

I think that in Marketing terms Mac should offer a free upgrade to people who make purchases now, otherwise I imagine many people like myself will sit and wait, watch and see.

They risk losing impulse buyers ( like myself ) when in the clear light of dawn they realise they don't need a 4th computer, even if it is a nice cool, quiet Mac.

At best there 1st quarter sales will underperform and they will have to wait for 2nd quarter for the extra cash.

I especially think this is crucial as the Mini mac needs some momentum to get it off and running.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb

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