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31. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 10, 2010, 02:54 ForgedReality
Creston wrote on Jun 9, 2010, 17:13:
ForgedReality wrote on Jun 9, 2010, 16:07:
Verno wrote on Jun 9, 2010, 16:00:
This is the uncomfortable conversation point where everyone avoids making eye contact with you, in case you were wondering.
I was only half joking.

You realize that the biggest reason virusses (virii?) are still being written is so that the people writing them can SELL you anti-virus software, right?

90+% of all virusses come straight from Symantec and their ilk.

The majority of the ones I run into don't pose any kind of sales pitch whatsoever. They are just there to fuck your PC up because virus writers think it's "fun" to cause havoc and think they're badass "h4x0rz."

Out of the hundreds of machines I've fixed, only a few have been the "HEY BUY THIS!" scareware variety. Most of them are either "we're gunna see how badly we can fuck your machine up before you reformat" or "hey, pal, I'm just gunna hide here in the shadows and try to remain undetected for as long as possible while I pass on your personal information to our skilled team of thieves, mkay?" kinds of malware.

Virii are getting more sophisticated, but only the most recent ones I've seen are ransomware/scareware/fake-virus-alert-ware, whatever you wanna call it. It seems far more common that they're out to steal passwords and whatnot. Just based on my observations, I'd hardly call the ransomware variety of infection "90+%," and I've removed quite a lot of them. But that might just be dumb luck, I suppose.
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