You're right... if you really know what you're doing, Windows is fine. If you know how to hack your registry, deal with firewalls, avoid drive-by downloads, and stuff like that, Windows can be your lifelong companion with no problems. But, oh, the trouble I've seen.
Now, back to the topic, can anyone confirm or refute my theory that linkz.com is using adware (or spyware) to hijack domain names? If we confirm the theory, good heavens, this would be a story for the front page of Slashdot. But still, it's just a theory, and a way-out one at that. I am making no solid accusations, here, since I have few facts to work with in my amateur domain sleuthing.
Questions for the first post's author:
When you set up your DreamHost account to host smokesignalonline.com, did you actually go and register and pay for the domain name, or did you just set up hosting for it? If you did actually register it, did you do it through New Dream Network, or did you go to another registrar? How much did you pay to register the domain name? Was it $14.95 for one year?
The registrar that is listed as holding both the linkz.com domain and smokesignalonline.com, at domainnamesales.com, isn't actually in business yet... that's kind of suspicious right there, I think.