tatjna (tatjna) wrote,

Damn kids, get off my lawn!

Prof David Nutt is giving a talk tonight. IN WELLINGTON!

For those who don't know, he's the ex-chair of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs in Britain. He was sacked last year for being outspoken about his research, which challenged the traditional stance of the government on drug policy, instead of toeing the party line and remaining silent. Since then, the Advisory Committee has more or less fallen apart as scientists realised the implications of government not only ignoring evidence when creating policy, but actively silencing those whose evidence disagrees with policy. They did not manage to silence Dr Nutt, however. His research has become more widely known since the media storm surrounding his sacking.

So yeah. How there am I?

THIS THERE *holds out hands wide*

So it turns out that The Kid did not have untold trojans as he thought. What he had was SecurityTool, which is a nasty wee thingy that pretends to be antivirus software, runs on startup, and tells you you have a multitude of problems. It then tries to tell you you have to pay large sums to get rid of the imaginary viruses, in an attempt to phish your credit card details.

It's nasty. It comes with all sorts of safeguards, including ones that prevent Task Manager, much anti-malware software, and some command prompts from running. It also has a particularly insidious greeblie that deletes an important .exe file (quietly so you don't notice) from Malwarebytes on installation, meaning that it does not get completely removed and can reinstall itself. Etc and so on and so forth.

However, much research later I found a pretty comprehensive guide for getting rid of it. It only has 23 steps in the process.. that is my mission for this evening, after Happy Jewellery Time.

Fun times. Everybody does it once, its just most of us don't remember doing it because it was years ago. I would be willing to bet The Kid will not do it again.

Meanwhile, the title of my cut is less about OSes and more about the frustration I feel when I ask about something specific, and I get people giving well-meaning advice about something completely unrelated.

Yesterday, I asked for a good anti-malware tool. I got a couple of people telling me why I should use *insert OS here* instead. A similar thing happened with my car - after the Lancer crapped out I asked for advice on whether I should get a loan to buy a car now, or go without a car for a while. What I got, amongst the good advice, was several people making suggestions unrelated to the question asked - what about a scooter, would you like me to take a look at the car, here's all the things you said, said back to you in advice form, etc etc.

I know these things are well-intentioned. But they also have an unintended effect. They make me feel that my judgement is being questioned, because they are based in an assumption that I either haven't thought of these things or that I don't know about them. Behind that assumption is the implication that I'm either mentally deficient or haven't done my research, and the cumulative effect of this is that I think those people are not listening to what I'm saying/asking, and that they don't respect me and the work I did to get to the point where I asked the question. Also, I feel patronised, and that makes me feel defensive.

I am not a computer expert, but I'm competent. I am not a mechanic but I do know how an internal combustion engine works and am able to figure out what's wrong in most cases. Anyone who knows me should also know this. *points at self* Not stupid. And, capable of making educated decisions based on research, kind of cantankerous when someone questions my judgement, and frustrated with paternal patronisation*.

So when I ask "Should I do this or this?" it's safe to assume that yes I have put a lot of thought into the issue, I have researched alternatives, and that the advice I'm seeking is on the topic I'm asking about rather than on something only peripherally related. And there's a fair chance of crankiness if the question is ignored in favour of patronising advice.


Thank you to those who responded with information about useful malware removal tools.

* This probably isn't a gender thing but you have to understand that the way I've lived my life means that I -expect- to be patronised about certain things because I'm a woman, so when I get patronised even if it isn't about gender from your end, it probably is from mine.

La la la

Unicorns, ponies, rainbows. In that order, according to NetEmpathy.

Also, I now have two more files and the floor isn't quite empty. Sewing patterns, rolls of paper/card, and some assistance to Ms Polly with sorting her witchy files (which were in a cabinet but must now fit on a bookshelf), and we're done.

OMG less than a week go us!
Tags: dr nutt, no patronisation plz, teh cranky, viruses are no fun
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