Tag Archives: Anti-Virus

Applications Ask What Program to Open With

After removing a fake anti-virus the other day, I had a user that couldn’t open any programs. When the user went to open the programs, they were asked what program they’d like to open the program with. It was quite interesting, but I learned a few things in the process.

First, if you need to launch a command line from within windows (and can’t do run cmd), hold down ctrl while clicking start program in the task manager. This will bring up a dos prompt.

Doug Knox has a great list of files to help you fix file association errors like this one. I found I had to make the user with the problem an administrator on the computer before I could successfully import the registry keys, but after doing so they were back in business in no time.

Joel Dehlin: You Have the Right to Remain Visible

In response to: Joel Dehlin: You Have the Right to Remain Visible

Maybe it’s just cause I use a Mac and hope for the best in everything, but I don’t worry about someone stealing my credit card number over the Internet. I hope my computer is fairly locked down and sensitive information isn’t going to get out there. I have key information encrypted and I figure the rest while not necessarily public knowledge probably isn’t going to harm me or anyone else if it gets out. Heck, most of my life is already on the Internet, why not let it all out there?

We have to consider the costs of protecting our data. If the costs outweigh the benefits, then why bother? Anti-virus software drives me nuts. I firmly believe that the threat you need to worry about is one that your anti-virus software won’t be ready to deal with. It takes them days to get an update released and to your computer when a new virus is found. By that time the virus could have infected every computer on the planet. Doesn’t someone have to get infected so they can figure out how to prevent it?

As far as credit card information goes. The biggest worry is going to be when you go out to eat and give your card to the waitress or waiter. Who knows where they could be going with it or what they could be doing once they have written down or scanned the information from the card. Heck, I have multiple cards with RFID chips in them now, so you don’t even need to possess my car, just scan my rear-end with an RFID scanner and you’ll have multiple credit cards worth of information.

This is where merchants need to be more careful. They need to take extra steps to ensure that they are protected and they are dealing with who they are lead to believe they are dealing with. I further believe that while our law enforcement officers are busy with other things, some more time needs to be devoted to finding the people who are committing credit card fraud online.

As far as my website history goes, give it out. I have nothing to hide. You’ll probably find that most of my hits go to my own sites, Google, LDS.org, FaceBook and other blogs I read (normally through Google Reader – or the links on the right). The people that need to worry are the ones that have something to hide. I suggest if you have something to hide, instead of worrying about how to hide it, you instead work on removing that problem from your life. Now, I’m not saying that everyone doesn’t deserve some privacy, but let’s keep in mind that anything we do could be on the front page of the newspaper tomorrow. If you would mind if the whole world knew about it, maybe you should be setting a better example for all those that are indeed watching your every move. We can be tremendous examples to others, so let’s try to set our best foot forward always and “raise the bar” or “stand a little taller.”

Would Gordon B. Hinckley have anything to hide on his computer?