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Friday, May 6th, 2005

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12:58a
Windows malware problem
...I never realized how bad it is. We tried to repair Windows 2000 machine that was sitting on internet. It did have antivirus, but not a firewall, and was not up-to-date. It was a mess... antivirus complained about new viruses being deleted in maybe 10 second intervals. We launched scan, and it found 5 different trojan horses, one of them in >20 copies. Ouch. We installed firewall but we still were getting blackmail "your computer is too slow because of spyware" messages. Bad.

Firewall apparently did not help, new trojans were appearing even with firewall up. [And we were not picking them using IE... Machine even had firefox]. I guess that machine is beyond repair. Problem is that windows XP install with all the applications is going to take more than 5 hours :-(. I don't understand how people can live with Windows...

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