Windows & Spyware

kinnon —  May 24, 2005 — Leave a comment

The night before I was to leave for my trip east, I decided to update the boys music production computer to Windows XP Service Pack 2. What a mistake! It turns out that the computer had one malicious Spyware program on it, that when SP2 was installed put the computer in a continually reboot mode. As I was going to be gone for the next two weeks, I had to try and fix the computer so the boys could record. I spent six hours on the day of my departure trying to fix the problem – and finally called a computer "Doctor".

Two hundred dollars later, the computer was back up – all for the sake of not having an Anti-Spyware program loaded. I’m typing this post on a friend’s computer in Toronto. When I first attempted to use this computer, yesterday, it was ridiculously slow.

I downloaded the Windows AntiSpyware Beta and discovered over 200 Spyware programs loaded. After removing the malware, I still found the computer buggy. I then downloaded Ad-Aware SE from Lavasoft, another free download. It discovered another 50. And the computer is now running dramatically better after those little suckers were removed.

I can’t tell you how much I prefer OS X – especially with the viscious junk out there designed to spoil the computing experience of Windoze users.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

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