[OT] Browsing the internet... It is safer from Linux?

Scott Rossi scott at tactilemedia.com
Sun Oct 31 16:20:09 EDT 2010


Guess I should clarify, it's not put out by an antivirus company, it is
software that's been rewritten to rip off people whose machines it infects.


Recently, I wrote:

> Recently, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> 
>>> It is in many cases the virus makers themselves who infect Windows,
>>> and then use FAKE anti-virus messages that offer to cleanse your
>>> machine "for a fee".
>> 
>> URL?
>> 
>> I'm sometimes prone to notions that seem conspiratorial myself, but
>> while this meme has been floating around for a few years I've not yet
>> been able to find any actual case where this has been demonstrated to
>> have happened.
> 
> I'm surprised you've never come across this Richard.  Several weekends ago I
> spent several hours getting rid of this one on my father-in-law's laptop:
> 
> <http://deletemalware.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-remove-smart-engine-malwar
> e.html>
> 
> These things been around for years and are only getting better (more
> "official" looking and more difficult to remove).
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Scott Rossi
> Creative Director
> Tactile Media, UX Design
> 
> 
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