|reply to dfxmatt |
How about a "botnet surcharge?" That'll get people to read the bill! Say an extra $15/mo for every month they're infected, with 1 month refunded when they clean the machine. This way it will get people's attention and give them an incentive to clean their machine.
Another way around the walled-garden dilemma is to only wall off port 80 - this allows VoIP, gaming, SSL sites, etc to work correctly but the moment they use the web browser they get stuck. There should be a way to release it though, say by filling out a form. This way it's a bit more substantial that a virus-looking pop-up, but can still be bypassed once the user acknowledges the problem.