What did I use to take that shot?

John Francis johnf at panix.com
Fri Oct 9 18:13:07 EDT 2009

On Fri, Oct 09, 2009 at 02:50:45PM -0700, Joseph McAllister wrote:
> Yeah. Me too. I got hit with a Windows POS**t last night on my iMac  
> through Safari. That damn thing that opens a window and "checks your PC 
> for viruses and worms" then goes about testing your hard drive and  
> announces that your software and hard drive are seriously infected Then 
> it won't let you get out of it, other than by quiting Safari.

Careful - your prejudices are showing :-)

There's no way that was a "Windows POS**t".  It's just malware that is
trying to persuade you to download some trojan-horse-infested piece of
"cleanup" (sic) software.

To drag this (somewhat) back on topic;  I suspect that at least some
of the problems being reported are, in fact, just caused by agressive
settings in security software.   While the first set of problems were
my fault (uploading an executable that would only run on a machine
with non-distributed versions of the runtime DLLs), the later problems
can be explained as not letting untrusted software (my ScanTags.exe)
run with access to the local file system, including prohibiting it
from becoming a drag-and-drop target.

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