Computer Illiterates

This is what the Internet Explorer (their browser of choice) of a computer illiterate person resembles. While I personally haven’t seen such chaos myself, I did see half of a 21″ screen covered up with completely and utterly useless toolbars. I offered to remove some of the toolbars to increase the owner’s quality of experience online, but he was rather apprehensive and was convinced that the toolbars served a vital function and should not be tampered with. I insisted that he at least try other browsers, such as Firefox, which would have various plugins that would benefit the owner, such as Adblock Plus, but he remained adamant that Internet Explorer, along with his plethora of toolbars, was the height of browsing.

The sad aspect of this is that users such as these contribute to the virus and malware problem more than they realize. They are the perfect targets for botnets as they are probably willing to put up with a lot of unusual lag and probably have plenty of computer power to spare (i.e., they don’t play games or use things which require too much processing power). The spare processing power of the computer and the ignorance of the user combine to allow exploiters to combine thousands or more of such ‘zombie computers’ into networks called botnets, centrally directed for minimization of redundancy. Botnets are just one example of computer illiterates unknowingly contributing to the virus and malware problem.

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