OK.. maybe hate is too strong.. but it really annoys me.
Recently, we closed one of our locations to move the processes here to our location. At the other (closed) location they had this ‘IT guy’ that did everything so half baked.. never, ever, followed best practices on anything. Everything he did was a security risk, or just plain stupid.
Case in point, I have a computer from that facility that he used in his office (not his regular unit, but his old one he still used) I know it was his because of the workstation name, and it was inventoried by me with him as the user. Now, I’m recycling this one since it is licensed for Windows 7, but right now has XP as the OS. I booted up the unit (took 10 minutes) to see if there were files I needed to recover off of it before wiping it and starting over. After the slow boot, I checked the running processes and what was loading at startup. Unbelievable is all I can say.. msconfig showed 47 (not a typo) processes loading at boot!
Now, this is a guy who claims to ‘be IT’. I checked what was loading and what was installed on the workstation, here’s what “Mr. IT” had installed and loading:
Bing Toolbar, Google Toolbar, Ask Toolbar (2 versions), Coupon Toolbar, MyWebSearch, KNCTR, Windows WebSearch, Dameware Remote, WinVNC, RegCleaner Pro, MalwareBytes, SuperSpyware Remover, Spyware Cleaner, FunWebProducts, McAfee Security Suite, Norton 360, Trend Micro OfficeScan, Symantec Internet Security, OpenOffice, QuickBooks Remote Access, QuickBooks (4 processes), Download Manager Plugin, and 4 UPS (as in United Parcel Service) processes.
Also installed on the workstation:
PCTechHotLine, Unchecky, Desktop Search, AZiA, EasyTransfer, VisionX, 3 versions of Java, Itibiti SoftPhone, NewSoft, Google Chrome, FireFox, IE v8, OpenOffice 3.0, MS Office 2003 Pro, MS Office 2010 Home and Business, Outlook 2010, Access 2007, Access 2010, SQL Server Express 2005, etc.. etc..
To top it all off, he had the root of the C: drive shared out with local Admin credentials and NO password.
Now, I’m not saying that there isn’t some legit software on this unit… but 8 toolbars, 2 remote desktop programs, 3 spyware cleaners, 4 anti-virus programs.. etc.. all loading!