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No surely it we be pure and simply Weight - As it will still be heavily bloated and full of dross, then we will have Windows 9 (Wine), which will be so bad you turn to alcohol and after consuming all the spirits have to resort to, you guessed it - wine (hate the stuff! make mine a vodka+redbull anyday.), and then we will have Window 10 which will be callen Wen, as no one will know when it will actually ship after many months of delays.
Whilst browsing FarmTown - a Facebook application - today at work (bad dog, no bisquit!) during a creative lull, I was greeted suddenly by a fake virus warning. You know the sort. It hijacks the browser and pretends to scan your system, then tells you you're infected and offers to clean it. Allowing that action invariably installs the payload, which is malware of some sort. Closing it spawns more copies of it until you manage to kill IE completely, but it's generally safe until to click OK. Then you're doomed.
What amazes me is that this occurred on a system behind a hardware firewall, protected by antivirus software and real-time adware protection on a (fairly) reputable popular social site. The only way I know that this can be done is by incorporating the script in the game code itself, which means the app itself is compromised from within the organization that offers it. Further checking has revealed that at least two others of my acquaintance had the exact same thing happen today while doing exactly what I was doing - panning the viewport across my farm. That smells like a mouse event to me...
I rather expect to see this on CNN tomorrow, but I'm surprised it could happen at all. After all, the game providers hope to make money one day, and their application must be reviewed by the Facebook staff before it's allowed to be published and linked through the Facebook interface. Someone's going to be looking for work soon...
Before you laugh, bear in mind that I was dragged into this game by two women, and of the 13 neighbors at my farm, 12 are female.
"A Journey of a Thousand Rest Stops Begins with a Single Movement"
I'll be appalled if it does so. They're just browsers and I'll want to see them strictly on that stand. We can always block most of the known parasites with a hosts file[^]. I do realise that the average user may not know much on those lines.
It is a crappy thing, but it's life -^Carlo Pallini
The one that hit their machine caused it to error out on loading any program, via shortcuts or with RUN. I have not seen one like that before. They could not launch anything until they were in save mode, that is where I installed the antivirus and killed of a few folders that had been added that day. Appears to be clean now though with AVG.
Interesting you say that. I was browsing a very, very well known site with vague undertones of felines and hamburgers and one of those annoying, shaking "You've WON!" ads was showing. Suddenly the antivirus went balistic and warned of a script virus, then a few seconds later there's disk activity and my machine reboots.
Voila, one root kit, freshly installed.
This was with IE8, though I also have IE 5, and 6 installed too.
The first time I've ever caught something off the net. It was very disturbing. I took a long shower afterwards and scrubbed hard.