Transparent Windows 7 – An Onsite Observation

June 5, 2009

As Microsoft Partners, Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans is always providing feedback to Microsoft regarding their products and services.  One interesting feature whose time has come for removal is the extension hiding that occurs in ExplorerExtension hiding, as well as file and folder hiding, provides cover for malware.

The spurious virus and malware scanner software that holds your PC hostage until payment originates as an .exe file that is hidden in the Application Data Folder.  Application Data, by default, is hidden from a user’s view purportedly for user safety… “… What the user doesn’t know won’t hurt him!”  At this stage in the PC user’s evolution, most experienced users KNOW if they don’t know, then “Leave it alone.”

Hiding anything from a user’s view is not good and increases the chance of malware infection.  Most users KNOW if the attachment in email is an .exe, leave it alone.  The latest PDF exploit is successful because Windows hides .exe file names:  a file named Trojan.pdf.exe appears as Trojan.pdf.  If the user is unaware of the .exe, he assumes he’s opening a PDF, while in reality he is running an .exe and that is potential trouble.

Onsite believes transparency is a good default setting for operating systems.  A choice to hide anything should be an option that is not default.  Many hope Microsoft will consider other options for hiding information and incorporate these changes in the final edition of Windows 7.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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