...Prove Their Worth...

"Problems worthy of attack
prove their worth
by hitting back." - Piet Hein

A kind of running diary and rambling pieces on my struggles with assorted books, classes, and other things, as they happen. You must be pretty bored to be reading this...

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Oh, and I almost forgot. It's now official: I'm going to be resuming my formal, real education this fall, at a reasonably respectable institution. Just got the answer from them this morning. Yay!

I'm going to avoid surfing the web using IE from now on. A half an hour ago, I hit up (using IE) the 'Miss Universe' website to gawk a bit at the contestants and to revel in being an unreconstructed male chauvnist pig, if only for a time. Lo and behold, my machine slows down to a crawl, a little 'software being installed' icon pops up in the tray for a few seconds, and despite my frantic efforts to the contrary a dialog box pops up.

"Virtual Bouncer is now installed, and it will keep your computer safe from nefarious spyware, hax0rs, and other malcontents. Muahahahaha! Please click a button to tell us what to do next:
[click here to be assaulted by goats]
[click here to be accosted by other barnyard animals]
[clicking here won't do anything but involve even more randy members of the animal kingdom in your life]".

Then the fun began. The Windows File Protection thingie pops up, telling me that I'm being anally violated with an enraged rabies-infected porcupine. Metaphorically speaking. Virtual Bouncer didn't really want to be uninstalled. It berated me for trying to tell it to go away - "Turning this program off is not wise unless you know what you're doing - the hax0rs will get you", it told me. And kept running, despite my explicit (and earthy) demands to the contrary. On reboot, after I thought I'd gotten it uninstalled, it managed to pull a Jesus and resurrect itself. How, I don't know. It didn't even wait for the third day.

Downloading Ad-Aware6 and runing it a couple of times seems to have nuked the little fucker. Maybe. I only wish the creators of this little wonder-program could get the same treatment.

The lesson is, don't use IE. Every evil fucker out there with a spyware program to disseminate has you in their sights if you do. IE is the majority platform, it runs activex, it can install system related shit, and is generally a massive liability. It's a good browser - but Mozilla and co. are better, at least for me, and I don't have to worry about getting anally violated by sneaky spyware that installs itself without even asking me while using Phoenix.