Dean of Law School turns off anti-virus to download malicious file, wonders why computer shows porn pages [Humor]

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Pro tip: if your anti-virus warns you of a malicious file, you should probably listen unless you are 162% sure it is a false positive.

[via IXLR82]

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8 comments

  1. BeegDiquesDontLye

    Turning off the anti virus on a machine in an academic or business setting should require an IT override.

    No, Group Policy should be used to lock-down .exe files possible to be run to a known-safe whitelist. With hash-verification of the files regularly. I believe HIPS offers this, but it can be done in a very lightweight way if considered properly.

  2. DoktorThomas™

    Many major software companies, (not)Intuit for example, suggest closing all win programs and turning off virus protection to install QuickBooks. So, the tale is not as funny as it may have seemed at first blush. They are not alone at requesting this.

    And, that a dean from a law school might infect the school’s computers with porn is not as far fetched as as layperson might think. Those that are supposed to know better seldom exhibit that they do.

  3. Netpilot

    Why do support calls from VIPs always get escalated? Prioritized, yes. But escalated? That has always irked the heck out of me. When I was an IT Director, I always got the ‘privilege’ of doing desktop support (duh) for C-level management.

    The special handling of VIP tickets is not for discretion because the computer still had to come back to IT be reimaged, and an event like that is never kept secret among the support staff.

    If a regular (intelligent) front-line support person was assigned the call, they would probably tell the VIP like it is – JUST PLAIN STUPID! And the problem would be fixed faster, too. Afterwards, a higher-tier support person could still get the global anti-virus settings fixed.