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    Virus 2008 warning

    I heard Kim Komando's show this morning and was impressed with her concern over this mal-ware advertising. Click on it and it just will not go away.
    I sent the following e-mail to friends:

    One of the best pieces of computer advice, ever.
    Read Kim's complete article about Virus 2008.
    In short, if you see 'Virus 2008' pop up anywhere, anytime DO NOT CLICK ON IT.
    Removing the mal-ware it puts into your computer could require expert assistance. It grows and morphs every time you try to do anything with it, especially remove it.

    DO NOT CLICK ON Virus 2008

    Read the column: http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=5245&page=1

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    wow, it just keeps getting worse and worse.

    you know computers are like air conditioning
    They just don't work when you open windows
    Last edited by Robert Mickley; 10-12-2008 at 03:02 AM.

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    Yep, time to get a Mac
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    Um guys, there's nothing in Kim's article about a virus. She's talking about clicking on misleading ads when using Google or other search engines. Doesn't matter if you're on a Mac or a PC or a VAXstation. There's also nothing about pop-ups, nothing about not clicking on them, and other than the fact that she was searching for the free version of AVG Anti-Virus, this article has nothing even related to "Virus 2008".

    I hate to say it, but this is how Internet rumors get started.

    She may have been talking about something different on her show, but this article doesn't describe the situation you're talking about.
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    but just in case

    Everyone go get a mac, and you will be saved! just as the old wifes tale an apple a day keeps the doctors away, or in this case ,virus's
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    no worries for me, I run nothing but Macs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Barton View Post
    no worries for me, I run nothing but Macs...
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Yep, time to get a Mac
    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Mickley View Post
    wow, it just keeps getting worse and worse.

    you know computers are like air conditioning
    They just don't work when you open windows
    Did any of you guys even read the article? It has nothing to do with viruses, and nothing to do with Mac or Linux vs. PC.

    Misinformation combined with zealotry is a bad combination. It's best to at least get your facts straight before climbing up on the soapbox. :soapbox:
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    Frank brought up virus 2008, oh though I think he meant Antivirus 2008 which is really nasty for windows users

    IF you think you have it heres the WIKI for removing it

    http://www.wiki-security.com/wiki/Pa.../Antivirus2008

    Not my fault he linked to the wrong article, oh though I can't even find a reference to it on Kim's sight.

    I do find it funny that when I do get the occasional pop up that its one telling my Linux powered pc is infected with a windows virus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Did any of you guys even read the article? It has nothing to do with viruses, and nothing to do with Mac or Linux vs. PC.

    Misinformation combined with zealotry is a bad combination. It's best to at least get your facts straight before climbing up on the soapbox. :soapbox:
    Vaughn,

    You work in this field, so you must you know the Three Noble Truths about computing:

    1. Information wants to be free, but data wants to be used.
    2. Cheap, fast, good: pick two.
    3. Rationality and computing do not mix!

    Here's a typical conversation in my office:

    Brilliant young man (or woman) walks in.

    BYM: I just realized we could do "XYZ process! It would be easy, we'd save money, and look at all the extra things the departments could do!"

    ODD (that stands for Old Doofus Director) : Yes, that makes perfect sense. There's only one problem...

    BYM: Oh, no, don't tell me!

    ODD: yes, you're living in the world of rationality again!

    BYM: Geez, and I tried so hard to get past that! [bonks his head on doorframe as he goes out].

    I swear to you, I have that conversation at least three times a week. And that's with people who make their living in computing!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Mickley View Post
    Frank brought up virus 2008, oh though I think he meant Antivirus 2008 which is really nasty for windows users

    IF you think you have it heres the WIKI for removing it

    http://www.wiki-security.com/wiki/Pa.../Antivirus2008

    ...
    Call me suspicious, but I notice that every entry in that wiki-security site suggests using SpywareHunter to fix the problem. I call shenanigans. I strongly suspect much of the malware like Antivirus 2008 is produced by the "security" software companies like SpywareHunter.
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