A message for anyone who creates computer viruses

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by gad1111, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks

    I disagree with you, they should have their balls cut off and then tortured and shot in the public square.
     
  2. gad1111

    gad1111 Member

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    Nov 25, 2009
    Swanton, Ohio
    I was running AVG free anti virus, kept it up to date and ran scans almost every week and I still got something called "blackhole exploit kit" and at least 5 trojans. Before I could find and remove this stuff it crashed my comp and I had to reinstall windows.
     

  3. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    sorry to hear gad's nasty one that some info for you

    that virus is a pro job , when it first came out people bought a licence to use it , believe that ? now its a free download as then it hijacks that PC too

    as for mac's , if they run java and web browsers they are vulnerable too , not so much as a personal hack but they can be victims and become HTTP "bot's" used to infect others with the target being a script to capture your online banking details via online shopping or direct banking ..

    hacking is getting sophisticated ..
     

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  4. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    It's about like walking down a dark alley alone. If you do stupid things, and visit sites that are unrealistically offering free things, then yes, you're inviting trouble. A large percentage of viruses are from sites that most of us would never ever believe or visit. They didn't create that webpage with dancing, singing monkeys and a preview to the end show of Days of Our Lives to entertain you. ;)

    I've used a PC heavily online since 1996 or so. I've had one virus and it was a VB script thing that launched in the startup menu. It was actually pretty comical. I got it from a file sharing program in college. I INVITED IT through careless behavior!

    When you're online it's OK to be cynical. Most offers that appear too good to be true, truly are... Never download software from anywhere but a trusted source.

    Yep, a good antivirus goes a long way. What I've found annoying however, is to the extent that which Kaspersky limits you by default. They know people do dumb crap on their PC. As such, my old Kaspersky installation was even blocking TFF ad banners. :mad:

    No, but there are many more sites that prey on people with less judgement regarding computers. "Free" game sites are the worst for older people using computers. A simple life lesson that would behoove essentially all computer users is this. Nothing is free... Absolutely NOTHING! If it appears to be free, you're getting screwed in some other way. Email scammers don't make money off of informed users. ;)


    The moral here is,

    1) Use a good antivirus software. If it's free, expect to get what you paid for.

    2) Use some freaking common sense when visiting sites and downloading files.

    ;)
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  5. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    AVast.com , they have a free version thats hard to beat , woulda caught that ...
     
  6. fuzebox40

    fuzebox40 Active Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    Apple Valley, Ca.
    Eset Smart Security gets my vote, which is Nod 32.
     
  7. gad1111

    gad1111 Member

    359
    Nov 25, 2009
    Swanton, Ohio
    Thanks for the info Jack404, and I already switched to avast. Funny thing, after I reinstalled windows I put avg back on until I found something else. I ran avg's whole comp scan and it came back clean. I installed avast, ran the scan and came back with about 20 infected files.:eek:
     
  8. netexasemt

    netexasemt New Member

    119
    Aug 23, 2011
    NE Texas
    I've always had good luck with Norton.
     
  9. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    627
    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    My father in law who is 90, surfs all kind of web sites, looking for games, political crap, that sort of stuff. He has been caught with no less than six-- SIX-- speed-up programs on his computer. We got tired of reformatting his drive, so we installed a mirrir drive, loaded Windows clean on both drives, then disconnected one drive. Now when he gets a virus or too much crap on the computer, we just reconnect the first drive, wipe the second drive clean, reinstall Windows on the second one, then disconnect the first drive again. Takes just a few minutes and he has a nice clean drive again.
     
  10. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    West, TX
    Very smart move, but extremely humorous.
     
  11. Really? I thought it was because no one cared enough to make one for it.
     
  12. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    Same concept, basically... Haha! ;)
     
  13. fuzebox40

    fuzebox40 Active Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    Apple Valley, Ca.
    Not to mention you can buy a PC for every bedroom for the price of one Mac.
    And hardware fails on a Mac same as it does on a PC, a tv and a toaster oven.
     
  14. polamalu43

    polamalu43 Member

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    Jan 23, 2011
    Maryland SSR
    I'm on the net every day, often for hours. No matter what you do or where you go, there can be something lurking. I've even got infections from Drudge Report linked articles. Of course if you visit "naughty" websites, it's only a matter of time. I have tried all of the free programs, including AVG, Avira, Avast, plus all of the free spyware programs. I've had up to ten or more programs on my PC at one time to try to limit the garbage. I am here to tell you----no freeware program has ever worked for me. Most don't work in real-time. They may detect something if you run a scan after the bug is already in your system. That's no good. You may not be able to remove the infection with freeware. I work for a company that sells technology. What's been recommended to me by those who know is Kaspersky. I bought Kaspersky Pure ($90). Nothing, and I mean nothing, gets by it. It detected a bunch of infections the free programs never even caught. It will detect and remove (or just deny access) anything it detects. Very user-friendly and easy to use. Prompts you to update at least every couple of days, so your protection is always current. Free is good, but I was always getting infections, including really nasty ones. I am sold on Kaspersky. I can finally feel secure online. The version I bought can be used on up to 3 PC's in the same home. It works.
     
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