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#170204 - 03/27/09 03:11 AM Re: Conficker Worm? IT people know anything? [Re: Grouch]
sodak Offline
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Registered: 03/20/05
Posts: 410
Bring it on. Not having any M$ products, I'm usually not too worried...

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#170207 - 03/27/09 03:54 AM Re: Conficker Worm? IT people know anything? [Re: sodak]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 1999
Loc: Colorado
Things like this are why I install Linux on computers of less technical folks who are likely to get themselves in trouble through ignorance about safe computing. It's unfortunate that morons release malicious things like this to get their jollies.

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#170215 - 03/27/09 11:26 AM Re: Conficker Worm? IT people know anything? [Re: haertig]
airballrad Offline
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 243
Loc: Gulf Coast Florida, USA
Linux in the hands of the less-technically-inclined is a double-edged sword. It can be made more bulletproof, and can be made to look and act alot like Windows, but there will still be support issues cropping up.

A good management system that tracks updates and patches is what shields well-run IT shops from this kind of problem. The typical victim of this sort of virus is likely to be someone with an always-on internet connection at home that has out-of-date/no antivirus protection, and/or a propensity for clicking things that should not be clicked.
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#170415 - 03/31/09 08:55 PM Re: Conficker Worm? IT people know anything? [Re: airballrad]
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Originally Posted By: airballrad
Linux in the hands of the less-technically-inclined is a double-edged sword.


+2^10

If you want a *nix system for someone who isn't ready to admin it, buy a Mac. smile
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#170424 - 04/01/09 12:18 AM Re: Conficker Worm? IT people know anything? [Re: ironraven]
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2822
Thats not true at all. Modern linux distros need no admin, they are super simple to install and use.

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#170477 - 04/01/09 09:55 PM Re: Conficker Worm? IT people know anything? [Re: Eugene]
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
(my mother + Acer netbook on the store shelf) x 3 minutes =

freshly restored Acer netbook


All she was doing was getting a feel for it. My mother needs an admin free computer, and the netbook linux builds are just about user proof. No, I don't know what she did, I wasn't looking when she said "oh no", but it was quite non responsive. It would try to boot....

Poor thing.
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#170658 - 04/05/09 06:57 PM Re: Conficker Worm? IT people know anything? [Re: ironraven]
Art_in_FL Offline
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Registered: 09/01/07
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