[CS-FSLUG] How could this be happening

Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Tue May 11 18:19:41 CDT 2010

On 05/11/2010 07:05 PM, David McGlone wrote:
> Hi all, About a year ago I installed Kubuntu on my sisters computer. Today she
> sent me this.....
> <quote>"Hi David,
> I'm having issues with Linux...I think I have a virus...
> I have received 3 notices from Roadrunner in the past 3 months telling me spam
> is being sent from my email address. I was told since I don't use a wireless
> router that it was from a virus. The first time it happened I assumed it came
> from Windows, so I downloaded a free virus protection and it did find things
> and got rid of them. However, I have received another notice today...I don't
> use Windows often, and I don't have a virus there. The Roadrunner tech said I
> can get a virus on Linux, which I didn't think I could. If this keeps
> happening they will discontinue my service. I tried to download a free virus
> protection for Linux from the same place I got my one for Windows, but I can't
> figure out how to run it so I deleted it...
> I like Linux, however, I have decided I would rather uninstall it and just
> stick with Windows. I have never had this problem with my ISP until I started
> using Linux! The only thing I do on Linux is email and internet. Anytime I
> type something or print something I have to use Windows. I downloaded Firefox
> in Windows because I like it better than Internet Explorer.
> So, can you give me step-by-step instructions to uninstall Linux so I don't
> have this problem anymore. It's becoming more of a headache than it's
> worth!!"</quote>
> Anyone got any ideas?

Yes, chances are there's NO VIRUS on the Linux portion of her 'puter. 
there IS a chance that those she knows and use MickySoft are sending her
a virus now and then, and she simply passes that along to others. It 
happens, and
to be honest, probably with ALL of us. In addition, I have RR and have 
NEVER heard
of them telling anyone that they're going to cut service because of an 
virus! THAT is bogus! Further, I'd want EXACT proof that what I had sent 
out had
a virus.....the file that supposedly had it, etc., so that it could be 
examined by US
here to arrive at the truth.


"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people,
except for a few public officials." -- George Mason

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