Ramblings of a Professional Computer Geek

August 18, 2009

Oh, No! My System Is Infected!!

Filed under: Linux,Malware,Security — Padma @ 2:15 pm
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I was just browsing the web a while ago, when suddenly I got a popup window in the middle of my Firefox browser. It was a standard Vista popup, with the default colors and buttons and stuff, and a very authentic-looking MS Windows security icon, and it was churning through my filesystem doing a security check.

“Checking C:\WINNT\System\….”

The files were whizzing by so fast I couldn’t follow them.  After a minute, it gave me the bad news:  I had 19 viruses infecting my file system and over a hundred malicious entries in my Registry!  What to do? What to do !?

Wait!  I have no Registry.  I have no “C:” drive.  I’m running Linux, KDE4 desktop, with Ozone windows decorations.  If it looks like a Vista window, it can’t possibly be really on my system.  I was actually chuckling from the moment it popped up on my screen.  When it finished, and told me to click ->Here<- to download an updated “anti-virus” product, I just clicked the little X in the corner.  Bye-bye little malware.  I hope you had fun trying to infect a totally alien system!

😀 😀

Why All The ‘How To Install…’ Articles?

Filed under: Linux,Open Source — Padma @ 9:23 am
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As I’ve perused the various Linux news sites and blogs, one thing I notice is all the “How to Install <program X> in Ubuntu” – type articles.  Each time I see one, my first thought is, “don’t people know how to use Synaptic?  Or ‘Add/Remove Programs’ ?”

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August 13, 2009

PCLinuxOS + KDE4.3

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 2:14 pm
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I’ve been playing with KDE4 under Kubuntu, and generally liking what I have seen.  But Kubuntu itself has always felt … foreign … to me.  Maybe I’m just getting old and my brain cells are ossifying, but while KDE4 seemed decent, I found myself booting into PCLOS more often, because there, everything “just works”.

Recently, Tex released his current 4.3 implementation to the world.  This weekend, I took the plunge. (more…)

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