Re: Can you really 100% clean a compromised machine 100% of the ti
From: deebs (deebs_at_xyzlaernot999.bogus)
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 17:42:43 +0000
Kerry Brown wrote:
> deebs wrote:
>>>In article <397893E1-BB57-4268-AE07-F9B78043F197@microsoft.com>,
>>>>Dare I say it in here, but malware has become much less of a
>>>>problem since we've heavily discouraged the use of IE. The other
>>>>major source is CDs, particularly those suplied with peripherals
>>>>which install phone-home 'messengers' and the like. HST, the
>>>>latter category are usually more of a nuisance than a threat, being
>>>>easier to remove.
>>>I agree with the IE part, we've moved almost every client off IE as
>>>the primary browser and many of the once-broken bank sites are
>>>supporting W3 standards now instead of IE standards.
>>>Once you get them past IE the next threat seems to be IM programs
>>>(instant messenger) programs and their like. As most people run AV
>>>software now, even crappy versions, they don't have much to worry
>>>about except for day-1 viruses.
>>I do hope that IE& as the expression goes "cuts the mustard"
>>At the moment IE for anything Microsoft, Firefox for most else (but
>>even then ... ?), Avant (basically IE6 with tabs?) and a trial of
>>FastStone Browser are really about all I wish to install.
>>I do hope IE7 means I can uninstall the rest or at least run with a
>>maximum of two browsers
> It is close enough to impossible to write a significant computer program
> without bugs that for all intents and purposes we can suppose that it is
> impossible. There always have been and always will be people that are
> dishonest and put their comfort and fortune above that of others. I don't
> want to start a philosophical flame war but I believe the the preceeding
> statements to be true. Given this there will always be someone trying to
> exploit others. Internet browsing is very popular. Any past, present, or
> future browser that has enough users will be targeted and broken. The best
> you can do is be vigilant.
A good point!
It is a shame that ... well you know what I mean