December 7th, 2011

piranha - spider lashes.

Ultimatum on Computer Use at Work

So for some reason that I just don't understand, the front desk computer at work keeps getting infected with malicious "antivirus" software. Somehow, I download these rogue programs that masquerade as antivirus programs; they take over the computer and prevent you from opening other applications and try to steer the user to a website where they can buy the "cure" for the fake virus that the program claims to detect. I don't know where these programs are coming from; I use the exact same websites (Facebook, Gmail, etc) on my home computers and it's never been a problem.

It happened for the third or fourth time this weekend, and I guess my boss has had it, because she sent an email informing me that next time this program took over the computer, I and/or the other office assistant would pay for its removal out of our paychecks because this doesn't happen on any other computer. It's really frustrating because I don't think it is my fault, but likewise I don't know how else the rogue program could get on the computer and I'm always the one using it when the program appears.

The other thing that frustrates me is that my boss refuses to let us install Mozilla Firefox on the computer because she's convinced it's an evil program - no idea why she thinks this way - and so the only browser we have is Internet Explorer. I imagine that whatever this program is, it could easily be prevented if we used a different browser that wasn't thoroughly integrated with the rest of the operating system! But the boss will write us up if she find Chrome or Mozilla on the desktop, so...IE it is.

Looks like I'll just have to stop using the work computer for anything but printing documents and registering tennis players. It's a drag - my laptop's a pain to haul back and forth to work - but if I'm somehow triggering this thing when I use Livejournal or Librarything, I don't want to pay for it.

It's a bummer of a policy, though.