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From iPods to navigation systems, some of today's hottest gadgets are landing on store shelves with some unwanted extras from the factory — pre-installed viruses that steal passwords, open doors for hackers and make computers spew spam.

Computer users have been warned for years about virus threats from downloading Internet porn and opening suspicious e-mail attachments. Now they run the risk of picking up a digital infection just by plugging a new gizmo into their PCs.
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http://forums.vr-zone.com/showthread.php?t=249016
 
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post #2 of 56
Uh, wow?

How does the manufacturer of these 'gadgets' let a virus get into their product in the first place? Wouldn't that be room for a lawsuit?
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oh my god. preinstalled viruses !?!?!
thats insane !! ;[
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Well after reading the entire article, it seems to be accidental, or so they want us to think.
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Ipods, ITunes, in fact almost everything from apple ive never trusted.

I guess after reading this it was justified.
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O rly? I've never gotten a virus on my Ubuntu... Wonder why that is??
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Originally Posted by lavieinjuste View Post
Uh, wow?

How does the manufacturer of these 'gadgets' let a virus get into their product in the first place? Wouldn't that be room for a lawsuit?
China!

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Originally Posted by GodofGrunts View Post
O rly? I've never gotten a virus on my Ubuntu... Wonder why that is??
Because you don't log on as root, and most viruses aren't targeted at you. Why does somebody HAVE to say this every time the word virus is mentioned? Security comes at the cost of ease of use. To do many things in Linux, you have to use sudo or login as root.

Let's be honest here. Logging in as a normal user is only good for office environments. Most OCNers do stuff that require admin privs on a daily basis (like installing drivers, installing new programs, tweaking settings).

apt-get install xchat
...oh wait, I need admin access.
sudo apt-get install xchat
Password:

With most Windows installs, the most used user is already "root", so that everything "just works".
MS tried to change this with Vista (user accounts) and UAC (sudo), but of course everybody find this irritating and made themselves admins because they're used to having access to everything (all the programs work) by default.
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O rly? I've never gotten a virus on my Ubuntu... Wonder why that is??
Please don't start an OS war. We all know you are part of a superior race because you use the almighty and perfect Linux. You don't have to remind us.
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To do many things in Linux, you have to use sudo or login as root.
With most Windows installs, the most used user is already "root", so that everything "just works".
To take a leak with trousers, you have to unzip.
Without trousers everything "just works".

That is all.

Edit: It's also perfectly possible to set Sudo not to require a password, or to log in as root. If you don't value your security, feel free to go ahead and do so. Windows gives you no choice.
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To take a leak with trousers, you have to unzip.
Without trousers everything "just works".

That is all.

Edit: It's also perfectly possible to set Sudo not to require a password, or to log in as root. If you don't value your security, feel free to go ahead and do so. Windows gives you no choice.
Linux takes 4 times longer to boot on my computer than Vista and XP. The GUI is very unstable, and there are just plenty of nuisances within the GUI. The final nail in the coffin is the horrible support for multi-monitors.

Now please get off the OS war.
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