I think this article on MSNBC’s Red Tape Chronicles is good reading for the non-technically oriented.
I have already encountered some of the programs mentioned on various computers. This should just be another warning to:
- Keep your anti-virus products up to date
- Keep your backups current
- Be very careful what you download from the internet
McAfee’s SiteAdvisor is very helpful. Don’t download if the site doesn’t check out healthy. There is no absolute safety, but if you do all of these things, you will have less problems.
If you are one of my customers and are in doubt about how to respond to a Windows dialog or whether some piece of software is safe, get on the phone and call me. I’d rather hear about it right while you’re working on it. Sometimes I can prevent further problems. Be sure to describe what you’re seeing accurately and completely when you call.