September 19, 2006
Dear CNET members,
There is a good reason why my wife and I don't share a computer today. It all started when we first moved in together. I was always very meticulous about keeping my computer squeaky-clean and secure, but my wife, well, that's a different story. She was the click-happy download fanatic--if she saw a cool-looking free program, you can bet it ended up on our PC. This drove me bonkers!! Bloatware, spyware, adware, Trojans, and viruses--you name it, we had it. And if I didn't keep on top of the antiparasite preventatives, we'd be formatting our hard drive pretty much every other week. Today, we are still happily married (although after she reads this, maybe not). Why? Because we don't share computers anymore, and never will (exaggerated, yes, but you know what I mean). OK, enough of my little story. In the latest CNET Download.com How to family-proof your PC column, we asked our members, "What's the worst thing a family member has done to your PC?" And many members have already posted their stories, ranging from the perils of being a great-grandmother to the cat that killed it. I really got a kick out of reading many of our members' stories, and if you'd like to share your story about the worst thing a family member has done to your PC, come join in this discussion and share it with us. This is truly a fun discussion to read and be part of, so get in there and participate and enjoy!
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When asked "What's the worst thing a family member has done to your PC?," several of you shared some great stories about how these family members made your computer a living nightmare.
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"I spend the weekend setting up my retired PC for my 21-year-old son. I had everything updated, protected, tweaked to perfection. Antispyware, antivirus, custom desktop links--you name it, I did it. I delivered it to him and..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member quickcalcThere should be a law against inexperienced people (my husband)
"My husband was using my PC, shopping for fishing supplies and things. He went to a Web site and a screen popped up that said "Models". Well of course, him being a man, he had to click on it. Now keep in mind I told..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member Pam FoxMy wife, the security nightmare
"Even though my wife and I both run an Internet-related business, I am consistently amazed and frustrated at her complete lack of interest in even the most basic security. Much to my chagrin, after having installed a multitude..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member dot.comSpeak Up!
Every family has at least one novice whose risky computer behavior is asking for trouble. You know, the P2P addict who can't resist those dodgy downloads or the spouse who clicks on suspicious pop-up ads and updates without a second glance. With that said, here's your chance to share your story of the worst thing a family member or friend has done to your PC.
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