Tuesday, June 01, 2004 ______________________________________________________________________________

Me:1 Computer: Almost 0 

Parental Advisory: This entry has alot of swearing. No really. More than usual anyway.

To my chagrin I came home last night to discover spyware, adware and dialer viruses on my computer. I have a firewall and Norton Anti-Virus and very little patience for things of this ilk. Despite all efforts to the contrary, my homepage remained some generic search page with the URL: "about:blank"...indicating that it was STORED on MY computer. The indignity! I don't understand how people get off with the notion that they can put shit on my property or in any way compromise the performance of a machine that I paid good money for. Listen up people! I paid for this computer in CASH, this is considered vandalism, which they actually CANE people for where I come from.

Take these people and put them in fucking straps. Forget about the doctor certification that tells you whether they are fit to be caned and just let it rip. These new viruses copy themselves into Window's system files so you have to turn tricks to get rid of them. Like accessing places that most newer systems forbid you to just because misstep could render your computer inoperable. The problem here lies with persecution. What would happen to someone who was caught vandalising cars on a large scale? Something like putting sugar in gas tanks. It will make the car operate less and less smoothly over time and eventually turn the car into sidewalk art. Fines and caning. I know that there have been steps taken to persecute people who release things like the Sasser virus and the blaster virus. Great, we caught a couple of teens who were just mucking about. The Blaster guy wanted to stick it to Microsoft and the Sasser dude just wanted to drum up some business for his parent's computer repair shop. (The latter guy also had no idea how powerful his program would turn out to be) The inconvenience they have caused is monumental and sure they should be locked away but their removal is not cause for celebration.

It seems as though authorities use these high profile cases to say, "See, something is being done!" but in reality there really isn't. So what if you can catch two big fish? It's really the small ones that are swimming through the cracks most of the time. Why isn't there privacy legislation with regards to this? Or if there is, why isn't it effectively enforced? It's just that this is my property. It would not be right for someone to walk into my house, after picking my locks and paint my couch bright red. Same thing with these stupid viruses.

After two hours of battling the "this file cannot be deleted as it is currently in use...blah blah blah" and restarting numerous times in safe and normal mode I finally eliminated everything. That's two hours of my life that I won't ever get back. Something should be done. No one should be allowed to fuck with my stuff and/or rob me of two hours.


posted by Joie! at 12:42 PM

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