posted on May, 9 2008 @ 04:55 AM
Being an IT techie... I hate viruses and get satisfaction from removing the buggers... harder it is the more of a challenge and more satisfaction i
get.. I go trawling through registry.. dlls.. running threads and all the subcomponents amongst the lot.
As of late many infections occuring due to flash drives being passed around computers, by default they are auto-run so the virus on the drive installs
So.. be careful what holes you plug your dongle into and use protection
I used to be a norton antivirus CE (corp edition) user, had gold lisence so unlimited updates etc etc but it lost it's efficiency at picking things
up, I often turned vscanner off anyway as i'm reasonably well protected via firewall and able to pick up most dodgy things before I run/bother with
I was on the piss one night and plugged in a flash drive of my mates girlfriends - boom some exe error messages and the works. DOH! Silly man I am..
forgot about flash drive virii and had virus scanner turned off.
It nuked sygate firewall, NAV CE amongst other things... disabled critical parts of them.. very nice virus. Ended up using norton removal tool which
still COULDN'T get rid of the AV software which was now useless as it wouldn't update.
Manually removed the virus after plenty of mooching around and installed NOD32 (with added 'ahem') and it picked up many things that had been lying
around for ages... cracked game loaders and the rest. A few false positives i'm sure but damn it was quick, small system footprint and nuked out some
nasties that were hiding away in some interesting places that norton NEVER saw.
NOD32 independently tested comes out on top from what i've seen... give it a try, use a firewall and use spybot to patch up your browsers, use common
sense when downloading things/email etc...
Any questions just flick me a message