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5000 new viruses this year alone.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by landsmasher, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. landsmasher

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    The news said that there are 5000 new viruses for Windows this year alone! That's 5 times as many as last year. Is there anyone here that knows why there are so many viruses out there on the internet? Is it the antivirus companies that produce them? Where do they come from? Why? Too many bored computer people?

    I just can't believe that there are that many people out there who are pissed at the internet enough to build and spread viruses. It must have something to do with money... Who out there knows the answer?
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    The news said that there are 5000 new viruses for Windows this year alone! That's 5 times as many as last year. Is there anyone here that knows why there are so many viruses out there on the internet? Is it the antivirus companies that produce them? Where do they come from? Why? Too many bored computer people?

    I just can't believe that there are that many people out there who are pissed at the internet enough to build and spread viruses. It must have something to do with money... Who out there knows the answer?

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    There seems to be a recent connection between SPAM and viruses. I have seen several viruses that were aimed at spreading spam and harvesting active email addresses.

    I think viruses are so common because they are easy to write, the internet is anonymous, and because Microsoft is a big target that didn't focus on security before now. A lot of virus writers create them because they are bored, or just want to feel the power they have at their fingertips.
     
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    ...What he said...

    Also, a lot of these "new" viruses might be variations of existing viruses, or like for every one new virus, there're a dozen or so variants of it. They may be tabulating those as "new" in that figure.
     
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    My computer is protected from viruses...


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    script kiddies, young kids trying to write stuff and sending it out, definatly spam but I would say mostly internet explorer hacks via active x controls and javascript visiting certain pages on the internet, even safe sites sometimes have ad banners that are not (I'm not going to say porn sites either because several sites I use to go to in college now pay for their site by selling banners and the banners, even if rolled over popup and install other popup software and "search" browsers/bars for IE (one of the big sites that comes to mind is collegeclub.com, a free email service I used in college that is now "infected" with ad banners) thats why I hate to see ad banners around here, google ads are not always safe).

    I'd say the biggest problems are tracking software, keystroke loggers and IE hacks, like popups, browsers extentions (search bars and homepage redirects) and anything that says free... wont be free for long.
     
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    OK... I'll buy all that. Tell me this... I have a brand new computer with WinXP Pro... I have the firewall up. Everything is working fine at the moment. I have Norton AntiVirus. I'm using IE. Can you give me a list of other things I should have running on my puter in order to keep the hacking and viruses, adware and spyware down to a minimum? Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    My computer is protected from viruses...
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    [/ QUOTE ] That looks awfully small. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Can you give me a list of other things I should have running on my puter

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    This
     
  9. landsmasher

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    I'm going to look into Mozilla however you have to keep in mind that I am a webmaster and I write HTML mostly to fit IE... So I need to use IE in order to see what the pages look like. Having two browsers sux so I'm prolly stuck with IE.
     
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    OK... I'll buy all that. Tell me this... I have a brand new computer with WinXP Pro... I have the firewall up. Everything is working fine at the moment. I have Norton AntiVirus. I'm using IE. Can you give me a list of other things I should have running on my puter in order to keep the hacking and viruses, adware and spyware down to a minimum? Any help would be appreciated.

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    Sounds about the same as I've got here, not much else to do, reset some of the IE settings not to allow installs without confermation, disable or require confermation for active X controls and disable third party cookies (adjust settings basically).

    As far as hackers, with the firewall, the NAT on the router I'm not real worried there. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif

    Browser settings seems to be the key, other than not getting online /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
    When I'm searching and using google and visiting "other" places I sometimes use Foxfire
     
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    Yep. I was thinking I might use it for the very little surfing I do. Looking up things on the internet is about the most involved I get into surfing. Thanks... /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     

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