I’m unclear on why, but for whatever reason, Samoan flash drives are sated with virus files. I don’t know what corrupted websites pass them on, nor what drives my students to such websites, but talking with other volunteers—Peace Corps and otherwise—the virus problem in Samoa is a cyber epidemic.
Last year things got so bad with students’ flash drives wreaking havoc on my server, some of my computers were rendered useless, and even my personal laptop took a beating. I had to completely banish flash drives from the computer lab this year.
Results have been lackluster. I’ve caught some of my most trusted year 12s and 13s red-handed. Usually they’re trying to copy music to or from their flash drives, pirating as indiscreetly as possible. On one hand, I empathize and stand somewhat impressed by my students; it takes a certain amount of familiarity to upload and download music so freely.
On the other hand, I’m a teacher, and therefore a micro-authority on piracy and copyright infringement. It’s like being a member of the Canadian Border Patrol during prohibition: it’s your job to keep the rascals out, and yet, the authority’s collective effort is so ridiculously ineffective, one feels silly for getting so riled up about the whole thing.
So today I took steps to deal with the problem. Based on Phil’s recommendation, I downloaded the new installation of Avira last night with the most updated virus definitions. Then during my year 13 class, I walked the students through deleting the old antivirus program, restarting their computers, installing the new antivirus, and running a complete system scan with the new antivirus in place.
I’d braced myself for a downpour. As I’ve said before, my server is sated with viruses, so much so you can’t plug a flash drive in without it being tainted with at least 15 different virus spawns.
With the help of the year 13s this morning, we conducted a thorough system scan of every computer in the lab, and much to my surprise, the scans came up nearly empty. I caught 3 viruses. Either my computers are cleaner than I thought they were, or the virus scanners allowed quite a bit through the cracks.
In either case, today’s activity with the year 13s went as well as one would have hoped. They stayed together through nearly during the entire process, and during the long virus scans, we managed to fit in a game of Hokey Pokey.
I’m looking forward to repeating the whole process next month.
I hope you’re well. Picture below.
I think when I go back to The States, I will miss the variation of color and style in Apian architecture. It isn't cookie-cutter or run-of-the-mill by any standard.