Honestly, People

My desktop is a Solaris machine. That means I don't get viruses. I don't get spyware. I can read my email without fear of some worm emailing itself to everyone I know. And, honestly, I can't fathom how all you Windoze users out there can stand it. It's complete madness.

My wife's laptop is running XP, and there's some spyware hidden somewhere on the machine that pops up an ad in a browser window about every 15 minutes. We've tried every anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-adware, and anti-spyware program we could find, but the fragging thing persists. What kind of operating system lets some random stranger on the Internet do things to my computer that I, the owner of the computer, can't undo? How is this acceptable? I just don't understand why anyone still uses that OS for anything more than playing games.

Anyway, the thing that got me started on that rant was this article. It reviews the latest anti-spyware software for you poor saps who have to care about it. Sorry, honey. I didn't mean you.

Comments:

I hear you man and back you all the way. Solaris is my OS of choice for work and home... but for the home side that does not run Solaris I have a mac... and as soon as I get a new one I will have Solaris on that as well.

Posted by Dan Lacher on September 07, 2006 at 06:20 AM PDT #

Then say it a little louder. The problem with Solaris is that only the community says it and only the community listens it. See how Apple is advertising their non-spyware/virus OS against Windows. The role which Linux (marketting term) could have played is taken over by AppleX. Sad but true.

Posted by Ashish on September 07, 2006 at 07:26 AM PDT #

Blaming the operating system for running software written by idiots is not the right way. You can see the real problem with the increased wide-spread of Mac OS X machines - boom, the first rootkits / viruses arrived. It is more a question of spreading.

Coming from a operating systems group at university, I could easily prove that the Windows OS kernel (!) is as solid as Solaris. Most Windows internals rely on old ideas from VMS, a pretty old and pretty stable OS. So please, blame the applications.

To solve your problem, don't rely on commercial toys. Analyze (and in case deactivate) strange non-MS signed autostart programs and IE hooks with the Autoruns tool. During runtime of your malware, find the according executable (or IE hook) with Process Explorer. Stop immediately using Internet Explorer and Outlook.

I am running my Windows boxes since Win 3.1 without virus scanners or malware check tools. And I love my iBook ;-) ...

Posted by Peter Tröger on September 27, 2006 at 07:37 PM PDT #

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