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(Network World)   Internet users easily fooled by bogus popup warnings. [Obvious] tag can't make it, busy uninstalling spyware   (networkworld.com) divider line 55
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2008-09-22 05:05:35 PM  
obvious?
 
2008-09-22 05:07:18 PM  
And 'news' articles from bloggers.

/pancakes?
 
2008-09-22 05:16:33 PM  
subby: "Internet users Idiots easily fooled by bogus popup warnings"
 
2008-09-22 05:28:07 PM  
should read,

Internet users parents are easily fooled by bogus popup warnings
 
2008-09-22 07:13:20 PM  
Those morons keep me in business.
 
2008-09-22 07:18:01 PM  
Excuse me, I feel the sudden urge to go hug firefox, noscript and adblock again....
 
2008-09-22 08:15:18 PM  
No shiat, sherlock. The only thing that amazes me is that nothing like this has hit macs yet. 40% of our incoming freshman had macs this year. Part because they came with free iPods, part because they don't have the same problems with spyware and people feel invulnerable using them.

/and smug
 
2008-09-22 08:19:21 PM  
Oh, and they also fall for those scam "Your account is broken, give us your username and password and we'll fix it' emails.

Out of 10,000+ college age students, we know of at least 50 that replied to the last one of those messages going around. (And 10 replied to our warning not to fall for that scam by sending us their username and password. Guess reading comprehension isn't what it used to be.)

/and 25 or so faculty/staff people fell for that scam, too.
 
2008-09-22 08:24:25 PM  
Pop up? what's that? *has firefox, noscript and adblock*

It amaze me how some people have no clue how to block ads and pop ups
 
2008-09-22 08:27:15 PM  
I don't understand why it is so difficult for people to understand how to protect your computer.
 
2008-09-22 08:42:02 PM  
You mean I can't make my penis larger while meeting new people over the internets and helping a South African prince escape by transferring his vast fortune to my account while receiving monies from Bill Gates for forwarding emails and saving small children with terrible unheard of diseases?

People that aren't smart enough to use a computer properly shouldn't be allowed near one. I'm so tired of having to play tech support for anyone that needs help with the simplest of tasks. Grow some common sense people and be skeptical of most of the information you read on the Internet.

/soapbox
 
2008-09-22 08:44:27 PM  
What I loved is that I use Win2K with the default lookin' window style, and seeing the fake popups in XP style. Hilarious.

Of course, I haven't seen any in a long, long time. (Thanks, Adblock!)
=Smidge=
 
2008-09-22 08:48:12 PM  
Weaver95: Excuse me, I feel the sudden urge to go hug firefox, noscript and adblock again....

Firefox, Noscript, AdBlock, and a non-Win32 OS FTW. Which, BTW, aren't you running Linux?

If I am browsing an especially nasty site, I'll run Firefox in a jail. It is a bit of a PITA since I have to SSH from the jail to the main host using X11 forwarding, but I can simply delete the directory and restore from a tarball when done.
 
2008-09-22 09:00:49 PM  
morphius501: obvious?

Cornwell: subby: "Internet users Idiots easily fooled by bogus popup warnings"

vegasj: should read,

Internet users parents are easily fooled by bogus popup warnings


APE992: Those morons keep me in business.

THIS
 
2008-09-22 09:13:46 PM  
Dinjiin: Weaver95: Excuse me, I feel the sudden urge to go hug firefox, noscript and adblock again....

Firefox, Noscript, AdBlock, and a non-Win32 OS FTW. Which, BTW, aren't you running Linux?


On the laptop and at home - yes. on the corporate side - no.
 
2008-09-22 09:18:46 PM  
Weaver95: On the laptop and at home - yes.

Excellent.
 
2008-09-22 09:22:23 PM  
Smidge204: What I loved is that I use Win2K with the default lookin' window style, and seeing the fake popups in XP style. Hilarious.

Of course, I haven't seen any in a long, long time. (Thanks, Adblock!)
=Smidge=


Happens to me too!

/in OSX
 
2008-09-22 09:26:54 PM  
www.oddpic.com

/oblig
 
2008-09-22 09:28:04 PM  
i38.tinypic.com
 
2008-09-22 09:36:57 PM  
Internet users easily fooled by bogus popup warnings. [Obvious] tag can't make it, busy uninstalling spyware

You're doing it wrong subby.
 
2008-09-22 09:40:35 PM  
It's OK. I'm protected by my Windows Antivirus 2008!
 
2008-09-22 09:41:11 PM  
What made my day, was seeing an article in the local paper about TWO University students who fell for the Nigeria email. One was even a CompSci major.
 
2008-09-22 09:51:14 PM  
Aboleth's Dad: Son. My computer's screwed up. Can you please fix it.

Aboleth: Sure dad.... Dad. Spyware, malware, trojan... even the registry's all gone to hell. Have you been clicking on popup ads again?

Aboleth's Dad: No.

Aboleth: I just checked the browser history. Someone did.

Aboleth's Dad: Wasn't me.

Aboleth: Sigh. Remember. Pop ups. Don't click. Ever.

Aboleth's Dad: OK. Sure, son.

Aboleth: I'll fix the computer now.

Go back to the first line every couple of months. Repeat ad nauseum, with some variations which includes me saying things like "I'm going to install Firefox, alright?" and "I'm going to install Adblock on Firefox, alright?" and it still happens. I'm thinking he just loves the pron. (Remember I read the browser history)
 
2008-09-22 09:55:03 PM  
APE992: Those morons keep me in business.

Same. As much as I hate them..
 
2008-09-22 10:05:13 PM  
Aaaand this is why people should get a Macoontil they're ready to handle the internet.
 
2008-09-22 10:05:27 PM  
My parents have done this a time or two. The stuff was pretty weak though. One sweep with Ad-Aware wiped it out. And since the computer wouldn't run the newest version of Ad-Aware initially due to having too little RAM, it finally gave me a reason to put more RAM in their computer.
/6 years of Windows XP on 192 MB of RAM FTW
 
2008-09-22 10:17:39 PM  
ibanezdude: Aaaand this is why people should get a Macoontil they're ready to handle the internet.

Macoontil is my new favorite word.
 
2008-09-22 10:21:26 PM  
BStorm: ibanezdude: Aaaand this is why people should get a Macoontil they're ready to handle the internet.

Macoontil is my new favorite word.


Woops haha don't know how that slipped by...Macoontil, although I'm sure you figured that out already.
 
2008-09-22 10:22:18 PM  
WORD FILTER WHY?
 
2008-09-22 10:22:58 PM  
M@coontil word filters to Macoontil FTW
 
2008-09-22 10:23:55 PM  
Mac followed by until. Gee whiz fark sure is good at catching wordfilter cheaters.
 
2008-09-22 10:24:45 PM  
Dinjiin: Weaver95: Excuse me, I feel the sudden urge to go hug firefox, noscript and adblock again....

Firefox, Noscript, AdBlock, and a non-Win32 OS FTW. Which, BTW, aren't you running Linux?

If I am browsing an especially nasty site, I'll run Firefox in a jail. It is a bit of a PITA since I have to SSH from the jail to the main host using X11 forwarding, but I can simply delete the directory and restore from a tarball when done.


I simply run Puppy Linux in a virtual machine. If something screws up I just delete the machine and reinstall a new one. 5 minute later I have another virtual computer to screw up again.

/Virtualbox (new window) FTW
 
2008-09-22 10:25:29 PM  
BStorm: Macoontil is my new favorite word.

You kidding me? I hate that word.

"Joegekko, you're not getting anywhere near Macoontil you mow the lawn."

"Yes, dear."

/shudder
 
2008-09-22 10:34:13 PM  
ibanezdude: WORD FILTER WHY?

I really shouldn't laugh so hard at that...
 
2008-09-22 10:56:31 PM  
"People are stupid. More at 11."

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2008-09-22 11:22:19 PM  
Help-Im-Sober: I simply run Puppy Linux in a virtual machine.

Same idea, different method. A FreeBSD Jail is just a VM implemented at the OS level. Think of it as running 'chroot' for the entire OS.

There is also a speed benefit to a jail versus a full VM since (I believe) you're not bouncing around x86 protection rings like Virtualbox and VMWare do. Also, since it runs using the native filesystem, you're not stuck with large HDD images, either.
 
2008-09-22 11:51:04 PM  
Help-Im-Sober
I simply run Puppy Linux in a virtual machine. If something screws up I just delete the machine and reinstall a new one.

Dude; I'm sooo creating a Puppy Linux VM as I type this...

This idea: So simple, yet, so elegant...

Extending my Open Source Kudos!
 
2008-09-22 11:55:08 PM  
BStorm: ibanezdude: Aaaand this is why people should get a Macoontil they're ready to handle the internet.

Macoontil is my new favorite word.


+1
 
2008-09-23 12:08:45 AM  
Yeah I'll admit. I was one of the dumbasses who clicked a download link earlier this month and got the damn Antivirus 2008 bug.

The difference is instead of falling for their scam, the moment my wallpaper was replaced by a big 'Warning, your PC is infected!' window, I bombed my system with AdAware, Spybot, and AVG Antivirus.

Won't be so careless again.
 
2008-09-23 12:32:53 AM  
Aboleth: Aboleth's Dad: Son. My computer's screwed up. Can you please fix it.

Aboleth: Sure dad.... Dad. Spyware, malware, trojan... even the registry's all gone to hell. Have you been clicking on popup ads again?

Aboleth's Dad: No.

Aboleth: I just checked the browser history. Someone did.

Aboleth's Dad: Wasn't me.

Aboleth: Sigh. Remember. Pop ups. Don't click. Ever.

Aboleth's Dad: OK. Sure, son.

Aboleth: I'll fix the computer now.

Go back to the first line every couple of months. Repeat ad nauseum, with some variations which includes me saying things like "I'm going to install Firefox, alright?" and "I'm going to install Adblock on Firefox, alright?" and it still happens. I'm thinking he just loves the pron. (Remember I read the browser history)


did the same thing with my mechanic. but he's been good about using firefox.

he called me once asking how to clear the history so his wife doesn't see the pr0n he's been looking at.

LOL
 
2008-09-23 12:33:42 AM  
Old enough to know better: Yeah I'll admit. I was one of the dumbasses who clicked a download link earlier this month and got the damn Antivirus 2008 bug.

The difference is instead of falling for their scam, the moment my wallpaper was replaced by a big 'Warning, your PC is infected!' window, I bombed my system with AdAware, Spybot, and AVG Antivirus.

Won't be so careless again.


gotten more than a few calls about that one. there are some nice dedicated tools for removing it if you don't use on of the major anti-spyware programs.

/hsi support
 
2008-09-23 12:34:19 AM  
ibanezdude: BStorm: ibanezdude: Aaaand this is why people should get a Macoontil they're ready to handle the internet.

Macoontil is my new favorite word.

Woops haha don't know how that slipped by...Macoontil, although I'm sure you figured that out already.


filter pwnage amuses me
 
2008-09-23 01:40:58 AM  
I breed Macoontils, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2008-09-23 01:43:26 AM  
What I hate is when I'm doing a search in Google and click on a likely link and get the "you must install our software" pop-up with aboslutely NO way to exit the window. I just bring up my task manager and click the 'end process' button on iexplore.exe and run my AVG. Does anyone have a way to kill that particular window without totally crashing all the screens I have up in Internet Explorer?

I really hate those farkers

And is there someplace I can send that site to that will deal with them?
 
2008-09-23 02:01:59 AM  
Carl Sagan's Ghost: What I hate is when I'm doing a search in Google and click on a likely link and get the "you must install our software" pop-up with aboslutely NO way to exit the window. I just bring up my task manager and click the 'end process' button on iexplore.exe and run my AVG. Does anyone have a way to kill that particular window without totally crashing all the screens I have up in Internet Explorer?

Yes. Use Firefox, Opera, or ANYTHING but Internet Explorer.
 
2008-09-23 02:14:31 AM  
Carl Sagan's Ghost: What I hate is when I'm doing a search in Google and click on a likely link and get the "you must install our software" pop-up with aboslutely NO way to exit the window. I just bring up my task manager and click the 'end process' button on iexplore.exe and run my AVG. Does anyone have a way to kill that particular window without totally crashing all the screens I have up in Internet Explorer?

I really hate those farkers

And is there someplace I can send that site to that will deal with them?


Carl Sagan wouldn't use IE...
 
2008-09-23 02:16:11 AM  
I work for a school district and routinely have to clean up this crap on teachers PCs. I can explain to them what not to do etc, they'll give me the blank look and an OK, then a couple of weeks later I'm back in the same classroom cleaning up their PC again.

These idiots are the people teaching our children.
 
2008-09-23 05:42:14 AM  
Whatthefark: I work for a school district and routinely have to clean up this crap on teachers PCs. I can explain to them what not to do etc, they'll give me the blank look and an OK, then a couple of weeks later I'm back in the same classroom cleaning up their PC again.

I have two words for you. Deep Freeze.
 
2008-09-23 06:43:11 AM  
The internet will NOT give you a free pink Iphone for hitting 3 targets!
 
2008-09-23 11:11:09 AM  
labman: I have two words for you. Deep Freeze

Yeah we've tried that. We've tried Fool Proof, Windows Disk Protection...all of those. For one reason or another we got rid of them. (By 'one reason' I mean we have an old Novell admin who couldn't figure out how to make updates apply with those programs installed.)

We ended up giving the non-power user teachers thin clients. The power user teachers (science and various AP class teachers) are somewhat better, but always want to install programs they run across in the tubes. They do know enough to ask us first.
 
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