You know what, there is a reason why you are not advised to visit sites that you do not trust when you’re running windows.
Yesterday, my trial version of Norton Antivirus 2007 expired. I never really buy an anti-virus because beta-tests are better since they are always updated. The thing is, you cannot really re-install it. Well, you can, but then you have to find the file that monitors how long you’ve been using that product and that file would not be deleted during uninstallation and its very hard to find since when windows says that its writing to <insert directory here> what it really means is that it’s also writing to …/windows and …/windows/system where you’ll never find it.
Anyway, I was surfing the net this morning when I visited a site where my pc downloaded a trojan virus. Sucks, right? Caught me on a time when I was defenseless. And why the hell am I using windows, you might ask? Well, I’ve been planning to switch to Ubuntu for ages now, its just that I haven’t had the time to do it. And tell you what, even if you’re running a licensed copy of windows, its not worth the trouble. So, knowing the kind of security windows provide, naturally, my pc got infected.
So, I decided to get another antivirus, McAfee this time. And so, I guess I should’ve said that McAfee saved my life. But no, thinking about it, it shouldn’t have need saving at all in the first place had windows known what they were doing. The thing with windows is that it uses a kind of default permit where programs that are not considered harmful are allowed to run on the system, i.e. malwares that are unknown to your system.
I mean, let’s face it. About 5% of computer users today runs Mac. So, shouldn’t it have 5% share of the virus pool? Last year it should’ve seen 4000+ viruses and not zero. The thing with Mac is that, unlike windows, every program that is unknown to it is considered potentially harmful thus asking the permission of the user whether or not to allow the program to run.
Default permit is a very dumb idea of user-friendliness compromising security thus resulting not so friendly things getting into and running in your system unoticed. And I thought this was an established fact in the system security community. Apparently, some people are yet to hear it.
So basically, an anti-virus works by defining programs that are harmful to your system. Thus, if it’s not updated, its useless since the rate at which viruses are discovered is relatively fast. McAfee solved this problem by overiding windows’ default permit thus blocking any new programs considering it potentially harmful. So, basically, when you run a program or when your start up registry is modified or even when you connect to a network for the first time, it asks you whether or not you will allow anything to run or allow a pogram to access the internet. This is a bit of a hassle but worth it in the long run.
So, I guess, it’s either I get a Mac or I install Ubuntu ASAP.