Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Hijacking Su Doku

Regular readers of this blog probably already know about my love of Su Doku as well as my disappointment to learn that a physicist unknowingly created an algorithm that solved all of the puzzles. This hasn't really stopped me from playing but a story I read today has caused me to consider sticking to the printed version of the game and not delve too much more into virtual Su Doku. In a move that only a purveyor of malicious software would be capable of, the makers of YazzleSudoku have bundled large amounts of adware into their downloadable game. Just about everyone knows how bad adware is by now, most of us because we have had our own horrible experiences with it. So beware to all you Su Doku fans out there. Personally, I like playing the old fashioned way, so the only "adware" I'll have to deal with is the name and address of the company stamped on the side of the free pencils they gave me.


Bubba's Sis said...

My ISP (Roadrunner) offers 4 Sudoku puzzles each day - Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert (I usually finish them all every day, thankyouverymuch, plus the one in the newspaper). If I'm playing them off my R.R. homepage am I subjecting myself to AdWare?

I just realized that I'm admitting to doing 5 Sudoku puzzles a day.

Hi, my name is Bubba's Sis and I'm a Sudokuholic.

Wes Raine said...

As I understand it, you have to actually download the Su Doku game in question onto your computer. Any time you go online, you are of course opening your computer to infection by malicious software, however I think you are probably safe. I would recommend running a virus scanner, adware scanner and spyware scanner at least once a week just in case.

Timmie Smith said...

Sis, you're not exposing your PC to adware by playing the puzzles on the website. Most websites are clean. Adware is a program that is installed on your computer... usually when you install another program like a cheap game.

As long as you're not installing programs and don't notice a lot of windows popping up asking to download/install something you're ok. Still, make sure your windows updates are setup to install automatically and your antivirus program is up to date.