16 April 2007

Want to see Paris Hilton naked?

Well, it seems that most people either want to see Paris Hilton or Britney Spears naked. Personally, both are twigs in my opinion, but open an email with a similar subject line and your computer could be more infected than you were when you came back from Spring Break in Cancun.

It seems that this subject is the latest ploy to spread the Troj/Iffy-B trojan horse from computer to computer. It takes advantage of the animated cursor bug in the Windows operating system. Microsoft released a patch for it last week.

It still amazes me that people still think it is plausible that someone would email them with a link to pictures of a popular celebrity naked. In this day in age of computers and email, I would like to think that people have actually learned something and know that these things are just ploys to sell you something or infect your computer.

This irks me to no end, knowing that people fall for this all the time. Not that I fix computers for a living, but when you have a friend that knows that you are a nerd and asks you why his computer is running slow, a virus is the first thing that comes to mind. Either from surfing porn sites or by opening an email related to porn.

To top it off, most of these problems could be avoided if people would just run basic anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. They could also follow that handy reminder that pops up in their system tray to tell them to install the latest updates.

But in the end, there are always going to be those people who choose to open up suspicious emails from people they don't know, and offering things that they seem unbelievable. Maybe people will wise up ... but I doubt it.

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