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Originally posted by TheLoony
I gave up on antivirus software. For about six months the only protection I have had going is the MS firewall. It gets a little odd at times - once ATS was really freaky - but I clean out my cookies when that happens and it runs ok. I got tired of the programs not doing anything yet clogging up my computer.
Call me Loony, I don't care. I just want the computer to actually work and this is as good as it has gotten so far. I'm far from a computer expert so I may be taking a gamble. Heck, I'm sure if anyone wanted my info they already have it so does it really matter?
Originally posted by me262
I never said Mitnik wrote virus's, he is the only guy I whose name I know who went to jail for cybercrime and is now benefiting directly from his crimes.
Originally posted by me262
companies are guilty of hiring virus writers once released from jail. Remember Kevin Mitnik?
I don't like it because it leads one to believe you can commit these crimes, gain notoriety, do some time and get a payday.
He knew about hacking stuff that's not even in use anymore.
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
This is actually a topic near-and-dear to my heart. If we can get some traction on the technically-inclined DIGG.com site, we may actually see some more valuable input on the subject.
Originally posted by Peepers
Another thought from the realm of Peepers. If you love your windows, get a copy of Norton Ghost like 2003 or if you have vista, get ghost 12 or 14.
Than, do a clean install of the OS, install all your clean virus free softwares and than ghost it ...
However in the end... yes it does seem odd how they have fixes out for a rather rare virus in the wild that may have only hit a few selective machine.
Originally posted by funky monk
reply to post by verylowfrequency
Yea I have noticed that as well..... it rather common I think....
You just have to know what software to use to get rid of all of the spyware or what ever.
Originally posted by Charity
This is a really interesting thread, Skyfloating. Those google search results I simply had to try ... although look who's coming in at Number Three on the google list now, huh ?? The antivirus software conspiracy...
Originally posted by cruzion
That was exactly the case with Symantec. They had released information about a new virus, and what it did, and how to get rid of it, but no body had it. It was spotted by one of the websites that tracks viri propogation, and then other viri-related sites got involved, then Symantec pulled the info off their site, and denied it, even though people had copies of the webpage. The speculation was someone had accidently released the info before the virus... I remember it clearly, as at the time I was helping M$ set up what is now their PCsafety help line.
"Independent Test Report" Snake Oil !!!
There's no doubt that test reports by reputable evaluators like Virus Bulletin, AV-Comparatives.org, and various university virus laboratories are the average computer user's best source of unbiased opinion ... but be aware that some antivirus vendors have been caught modifying these test reports.
The version you read on an antivirus vendor's website may have been selectively edited to make that vendor's own program look much better than it really is!
This sneaky little Snake Oil trick is so common that the only way to be sure you're reading a genuine independent test report is to check it out on the evaluator's own website!
"Professional Review" Snake Oil !!!
"Professional Review" websites offering you free recommendations on just about everything in the world are becoming quite common on the Internet ... but just how "professional" is their advice ... and is it really "free" ?
Many so called "Professional Review" websites are merely "click-through affiliate" sites ... they get paid when you click on the "Buy" button ... so you should bear in mind that their best rating and #1 recommendation is most likely to be the product that pays them the highest commission.
"Virus Writer's Recommendation" Snake Oil !!!
Some unethical antivirus vendors have used "endorsements" from virus writers to promote their programs!
Some even less ethical antivirus vendors have actually paid known virus writers and spreaders commissions to sell their programs!
If this isn't a conflict of interest ... we'd like to know what is!
"Simulated Virus" Snake Oil !!!
There is no such thing as a "simulated" virus!
It's either a virus or it's not ... and no decent antivirus program will detect "simulated" viruses.
Beware of any antivirus vendor who offers "proof" of his product's detection figures based on such rubbish.
Don't believe the results of computer magazine tests which use "simulated" viruses either.
They're fairy tales!