I'm pretty dumb when it comes to computer code. So did MS actually fix the problem with an update or what? I'm totally confused here folks.
Not long ago I watched the history of the computer virus, quite an interesting semi-documentary. Quite simply Microsoft gave security the middle finger for years and years, until more recent internet viruses were quite rampant, forcing restarts on computers before they could get patched, and making systems that you'd think wouldn't need windows were failing (like elevators
). Hospitals, railroads got closed down for a period of time while they couldn't do anything.
At some point I think starting with XP
they actually started to take computer security somewhat seriously... But really base systems with no protections, user account differences and you always running as root/admin and you could sneeze on their system and infect it. So many features for 'convenience'
that end up being totally backwards... autorun for example, I hate it, and it was an easy way to infect computers be it flash drive or cd's. Here's a link
, flash free!(I think
) If it's JS free as well it won't ask you annoying questions and just provide the links for the raw videos.
One side benefit I just discovered to removing Flash is that a number of those irritating 'pop-under' ads use it - and therefore can't fully load.
I remember getting flashblock years ago BECAUSE
of flash ads. I'd open several pages so I could get download links and flash would run on every one of them as ads, and bring my laptop to a total and utter crawl. Disable flash and everything works hunky-dory.