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Old 30. May 2011, 04:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How many viruses are made by anti-virus companies?

I'm not exactly a conspiracy theory guy...But when an AV vendor puts up an article like this one, what can I say? ......
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Old 30. May 2011, 05:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, Ransomware does exist.
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Old 30. May 2011, 06:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I suppose if you are using that logic what possible benefit would pharmacies have to create a drug that can cure cancer.

I think a certain amount of skepticism is healthy. To much not so much.

Ransomeware LOL
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Old 30. May 2011, 08:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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This "theory" of course has been floated by different sources many times over the years but I think Christian Mairoll's explanation is about the best I've read.

Still sort of on topic and relevant to those who might have doubts about a particular vendor, is that of location. I don't want to infer any bias towards one country or another, but it is still a fact that the regulations governing how businesses operate are far stricter and more aggressively enforced in some parts of the world than others. Even within the EU, a quick bit of research amongst business orientated publications will reveal which amongst the member states are more likely to regulate their commercial enterprises as they should be under EU laws.
Buy a Hoover and prove technology sucks.
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Old 31. May 2011, 06:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The advantages obtained through detection of one extra piece of Malware against the sheer unbelievable volume released each month are simply too small.
His statement makes me think having a retroactive AV isn't very useful. Though I have thought this about defination based AV for a couple years and have been using other things to secure pc.

Firewall/Process hacker (setting to notify of new service/process start)/sandboxie/drive imaging/etc

Even though I keep Avira for AV, I no longer really care what it does. I also maybe update it once a day, maybe not... not a concern I have. For files I'm suspicious of, I use virustotal's uploader tool. Avira is just sitting in background more out of habit than actual use.

Do I trust Avira? sure, Do I actually let it do anything besides alert me? Of course not, it takes too long. I just upload it to virustotal, see if it's false positive or not. If real, I delete file and move on. If I need it ran I use sandboxie. If I need to repair it, I just recover it from imagine.
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