Originally posted by Demandred
in my youth i wrote a couple of viruses just cause i was bugger of a kid and i wanted to see if i could do it (always liked a challenge)
Glad you grew up. I disagree that creating a virus is a challenge - except for a kid or student testing and learning. To put it out in public is no
different than throwing rocks through windows, just because you learned how easy they break.
In the early days of software nobody had to consider people would throw rocks in the gears to get their jollies of taking big machines down. Like
putting sugar in a gas tank, it takes allot less brains than the people who created it.
It's a challenge to write good software to do challenging tasks. All you have to do to create a virus is learn enough about software to disable it or
use it for nefarious purposes. That is not much of a challenge.
That same mentality is what makes an arsonist destroy buildings, because they find it a challenge to get the fire started and have the building burn
without getting caught. A child can figure out how to burn a building, but it takes hard work, more brains to design and build one.
Software exploiters are not creators they are destroyers or terrorist on a monetary level because they cost time and money to clean up their
Back to the OP. You can download free virus removal tools from most the major anti-viral companies, so that alone should tell you they don't create
viruses to make money. When you buy their products they are for both prevention and removal. Again removal tools are free - if nothing else they
document the exploits and steps to remove (as in clean boots, registry, file name, attribute changes etc.)
Just like fire departments don't start fires in order to have a job to put them out - a few rare psycho fireman aside.
If anybody is creating viruses it would be people in the biz like me(NOT me) who make a living removing them from infected computers - in order that
one would have plenty of work to do. So, it wouldn't surprise me that some in the business do, but not the companies who write the anti-viral
I don't key cars, slash tires, burn buildings, sugar gas tanks or create viruses ,because that's not in my nature.
[edit on 7-5-2008 by verylowfrequency]