A View From The Handbasket

Monday, October 31, 2005
The CD that ate your computer
Posted by neros_fiddle at 7:12 PM
As a public service, I'd like to advise anyone that has recently purchased a Sony music CD to *not* put the damn thing in your Windows PC. The new My Morning Jacket album is specifically designed to punish users of Apple's iTunes and iPod because Sony is jealous of their marketshare.

Even worse, the new Van Zant album apparently has some extremely evil software on it that will create security holes, screw up your CD drivers, and wreak God-knows-what havoc on your OS, while hiding itself like a virus. (Whether the crippleware on the My Morning Jacket CD does these things I don't know -- it's possible that Sony is trying different flavors on different releases.)

Now's as good a time as any to turn off Autoplay on your optical drives to prevent this crap from installing itself when you put in a CD. Go here to download TweakUI from Microsoft, which lets you easily disable Autoplay as well as do a lot of other useful things.

But you shouldn't have to go to such lengths to just play a lousy CD. These idiots are quickly making downloading morally (if not legally) justifiable as a self-defense practice against malware invading your computer.

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