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Removing viruses can be fun

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    Removing viruses can be fun


    Yeah I know I am wierd heh...

    Anybody else get a new type of virus (obviously before you find out how much hell it can be) and you are like "challenge accepted!"

    Maybe it's just a quirk of mine but removing them (I remove mine manually before I use a scanner if I can help it) seems kind of fun. Before it is said, yes I know some of them can get pretty ugly and nearly impossible to remove.



    I would even go as far as to say I have learned a thing or two from removing them.

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    I work for a major auto manufacturer, in the "endpoint security operations" group, which means I prevent, detect and remove viruses for a living and it's fun!!
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    Do I "detect" some sarcasm? xD
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    Me, sarcastic? Never!!!
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    Yea, all fun and games until you blue screen, can't boot, have to wipe drive. Personally, I avoid getting them but you have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Yea, all fun and games until you blue screen, can't boot, have to wipe drive. Personally, I avoid getting them but you have fun!
    Oh I doodle with them on a secondary machine I would never intentionally do that on one I actually cared about of course. I never thought about it but I wonder if it's possible to get a virtual virus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loveandpower View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Yea, all fun and games until you blue screen, can't boot, have to wipe drive. Personally, I avoid getting them but you have fun!
    Oh I doodle with them on a secondary machine I would never intentionally do that on one I actually cared about of course. I never thought about it but I wonder if it's possible to get a virtual virus.
    That's good to know. If you mean a virus on a virtual machine, sure it is possible especially if you are connecting to the internet with it and using a browser and/or downloading files.
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    Nothing more fun then being given a laptop & being told "It's got some kind of virus", then finding when you boot there's nothing but a black screen with a blinking cursor....now THAT was a fun one to figure out. I fixed it, but I want the 8 hrs of my life it took back...

    No recovery disk, recovery partition couldn't be accessed (at first), the OP was insistent that I do not wipe out their photos & music files.

    And then you have the ones where you stick in the MS Defender Offline because getting it to boot is impossible & 4 hours later it's STILL finding viruses...& the scan is only 50% completed. My friend had, if I remember correctly, 2400 & something infected files. It was the one he let his kids use. Go figure....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
    Nothing more fun then being given a laptop & being told "It's got some kind of virus", then finding when you boot there's nothing but a black screen with a blinking cursor....now THAT was a fun one to figure out. I fixed it, but I want the 8 hrs of my life it took back...

    No recovery disk, recovery partition couldn't be accessed (at first), the OP was insistent that I do not wipe out their photos & music files.

    And then you have the ones where you stick in the MS Defender Offline because getting it to boot is impossible & 4 hours later it's STILL finding viruses...& the scan is only 50% completed. My friend had, if I remember correctly, 2400 & something infected files. It was the one he let his kids use. Go figure....
    I have heard of relative ones such as that! Never fixed one with that particular situation though.

    Hey if people want the long dragged out way tell them straight up obviously it will be more labor costs

    I know exactly how you feel though there was this fbi moneypak virus somebody had once but it was a fairly good modified version of it. I learned a lot about that particular virus from working on that one! I had a good eight hours as well into removing that one.

    Before I started working on computers my dad had a virus on a NT machine he told me about once where you couldn't find not a single file or folder on the machine. It's like the virus had hidden every single little item. You couldn't even get to the run command or a command prompt or anything in both safe mode or regular windows. I can only imagine the fun that was!
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    As you mentioned, there is a positive thing about working with a tough virus. You learn the ins & out's of it. You research about problems being presented, you see multiple solutions & Google as many facts/solutions about it as possible. And you find out the intricacies of it & what makes it tick.

    So I try to think of it as a real life case study. And I have learned a lot about certain malware. Especially about rootkits.
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