I’m an idiot.

No . . . really. It’s true.

I am at present spending my morning detoxing my desktop PC from at least one piece of fairly nasty malware. The reason I’m an idiot? (Other than I still have a desktop PC at home?)

It’s because I didn’t check to make sure that my anti-spyware software was set to update automatically. So was doing my automatic weekly virus and spyware/malware scans but was doing them with outdated definitions.

Now I’m scrambling to get updated and cleaned up. Sigh.

Part of the problem is that I rarely use the PC while I’m at home. My kids use it for gaming and my wife uses it for family emailing and the occasional print job but I don’t have much reason to mess with it. I’m completely happy with my MacBook Pro, thank you very much, and so I’m just not at that desk much. Mistake.

Apparently in the last few days, we ran across something called XP Antivirus 2008. It’s a piece of code with the basic idea of getting you to purchase antivirus software to clean up your infected computer.

Isn’t irony a wonderful thing?

So, boys and girls, the lesson for today is . . . install and use protection appropriately. Technology is a beautiful thing right up until it doesn’t work anymore. And without the right combination of firewall, anti-virus and anti-malware, it’s a pretty good bet that your technology is gonna bite you in the behind.