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This is annoying - I hate closing all my programs.

Can/Should someone maybe delete the post on SO that just went up and caused my computer to reboot?

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Link, or it didn't ... – Robert Harvey Feb 9 '12 at 23:21
well it's in the screenshot... i can't go to the page to get the link – Aaron Anodide Feb 9 '12 at 23:21
No repro. You didn't try and execute the posted code, did you? – Robert Harvey Feb 9 '12 at 23:23
Wow. That's awesome. Ever thought about trying Linux? – ire_and_curses Feb 9 '12 at 23:43
I'll put a buck on Avast. It's a doozy. – Uphill Luge Feb 10 '12 at 1:14
@ire_and_curses: Or you could just RANU instead of as admin. – Won't Feb 10 '12 at 14:14

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The post in question is about someone attempting to remove virus-laden code from his site, and so he has included samples of this code in his post. It is just included as text; there is no way for this code to run and harm your computer.

Unfortunately, many antivirus programs don't realize this and think it's a threat. This is their bug.

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i figured that's what went down.. my logic is this: alot of people probably use SO from work and use the same Anti Virus as me, and I assume there are others out there with servers running and 4 instances of VS taking up 15 GB ram who will lose a half hour if they bring up that post... I'm just trying to help out... – Aaron Anodide Feb 9 '12 at 23:24
@Gabriel: I use a different computer to access the internet than I use for software development. You should too. – Robert Harvey Feb 9 '12 at 23:25
well, this is the first evidence that makes me tend to agree – Aaron Anodide Feb 9 '12 at 23:26
@Gabriel: Not for nothing, but if your antivirus is causing you to lose work due to a false-positive, it's not doing you any favors. Save early, save often. – Robert Harvey Feb 9 '12 at 23:32
actually it takes me a half an hour to get rebooted and all my workspeces re-opened... not to mention my research-mode browser windows... lol... thanks for the advice though. – Aaron Anodide Feb 9 '12 at 23:38
@Gabriel My version of ESET also complained about that page, but didn't require a restart or anything like that...might be related to the fact that you were using Internet Explorer, I suppose. – Tim Stone Feb 10 '12 at 0:02
@Gabriel: I once had a similar problem at work (long reboots and crappy hardware/software setups, not virus-related). My team and I ended up keeping a log of lost productivity from the employer-imposed setup (something as simple as a chess clock on the table that you hit every time you're twiddling your thumbs waiting for the workstation). After a month, each employee's lost productivity in man-hours equaled the cost of a brand new workstation. Armed with actual evidence and numbers and spreadsheets, management paid more attention. – David Feb 10 '12 at 0:05

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