I've seen numerous posts of people who don't feel that they need a virus scanner or malware scanner with Windows and that they don't need the security features like UAC because 1) they know what they are doing 2) they use common sense 3) they have never had a problem in the past 4) they only go to reputable sites.
So, yesterday at work, I format my Vista Enterprise machine and load Windows 7 Enterprise. I'm on an active directory domain and my user account is a member of the local admins group. I have UAC enabled at the defaults. I've got the Windows firewall enabled. I have Trend Micro installed as this is what we use at the corporate level for AV protection. We use a checkpoint firewall device for outbound access to the internet. I use Firefox. And I'm a systems admin for a living, have been for over 10 years and manage both Windows and Linux servers and am certified on both platforms.
On my way to work today, I notice that the typical DJ's on one of the local station don't seem to be on. Going into a commercial, I head an ad which seems to indicate that there might be new personality doing the morning slot now. So, after getting settled into work for the day and a few things done..I hit google.com and search for "Deminski and Doyle" which turns up a handful of links about the DJ's leaving WCSX. So, I click on a couple of the stories to read about what happened and BLAMMMOOOO, Trend goes off, at the same time that some "security threat" website pops up claiming my machine is infected with all sorts of junk and I need to buy their product. Further looking shows numerous broken icons on my desktop that were fine when I booted up this morning.
So, there you go. Somebody who has taken precautions, knows a bit about what he is doing, is using the latest and greatest OS's with features enabled and is simply using the Internet to google something non-nefarious...and even with all that...I'm hit.
For those wondering what it was, it wasn't a big deal...it turns out to be JS_RENOS.WCF. JS_RENOS.WCF - Description and solution
. According to Trend, it's non destructive and not much of a problem....but I'm still interested in my broken icons.