worst virus you have ever gotten on your computer

Discussion in 'Technology Talk' started by modfox, May 4, 2016.

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do you have a good anti virus

  1. yes

    31 vote(s)
    58.5%
  2. no

    12 vote(s)
    22.6%
  3. i am a dumb person and believe anti virus is useless

    10 vote(s)
    18.9%
  1. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    When I was much younger, my brother was looking at porn on the family computer and got a trojan on it.

    Said trojan hijacked the browser to porn, randomly created folders scattered throughout the computer with random strings like "8h78e4rhf gv78e3h4gf67" and once every few days would create icons in with Japanese names that did nothing
     
  2. _Hushy

    _Hushy Socially uncomfortable, verbally clumsy~

    All the common anti virus programs pretty much are useless, I just scan with Malwarebytes if I'm worried. The only thing that other anti-virus programs do is delete my keygens.
     
  3. -AlphaLupi

    -AlphaLupi The Original Cybernetic Fennec

    It's been a very long time since I've had any issues with malware (I do a shitton of work with cybersecurity though, so I'm very well aware on how to avoid them) however, maybe a good ten years or so ago I remember getting an incredibly annoying virus through Limewire (like I said, looong time ago). I don't remember much, basically just spammed my computer with fake antivirus reports and kept replicating itself until I was able to wipe the drive. I do remember watching in awe as it just kept creating more and more files. Successfully delete one, watch as three more take it's place.

    Actually, that was probably about the time I first started getting into cybersecurity. It fascinated me that someone out there was able to create program capable of taking over one's devices like that.
     
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  4. Crimson_Steel17

    Crimson_Steel17 Jumping feet first into hell... seems like my job

    That one time when I nearly bricked my computer trying to screw around with different malware behaviors, because I had programmed the hard disk usage in my Virtual Machine incorrectly... I'm not stupid (as much) like before, and I now make sure I have my VMs set up professionally before screwing around with the dangerous stuff. How did I nearly brick my computer? I almost sys-keyed it, not realizing that I was trying to infect my native machine instead of the VM. Oops.
     
  5. MaikeruNezumi

    MaikeruNezumi Irritable street rat

    I remember Firefox randomly set my homepage to some suspicious looking search engine that I have never used or seen before and I could never change it back.
    I thought nothing of it, but looking back, I probably had something on my computer that made it do that.
     
  6. Yakamaru

    Yakamaru No "Awooo'ing" allowed

    When I was 13 I didn't know jack shit about anti-virus and viruses in general.

    Ended up having a mix of trojans and worms deciding that my computer was a 24/7 party location. Whenever I started the computer and the OS came online I only had about 1 second to CTR-ALT-DELETE, fire up the system task manager and kill off any programs running in the background that was virus-related.

    After that I went on a 3-hour folder/file deleting spree, deleting anything virus-related. Both in the registry and actual folders.

    Suffice to say, my introduction to the world of viruses and crapware made me instantly get good anti-virus software.

    I am currently using Spybot Search & Destroy Professional. Tempted to get a dedicated crapware program as well, but meh. Will have to see.
     
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  7. Karatine

    Karatine Call me kittteeeehhhh

    I got a Trojan on our families computer when I was 11 or 12. I was so scared of my parents finding out that I spent the day looking up tutorials on a Kindle to fix it. I actually fixed it in the end, and it was probably one of my most triumphant moments working with computers.
     
  8. Cloudyhue

    Cloudyhue Certified Fuzzbutt

    I once had 2,360 viruses on my computer. I don't even know how this was possible, but then again, I was 12.
    Let's just say the computer didn't work very well.
     
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  9. Jeniver

    Jeniver New Member

    Honestly, the worst piece of software I've ever had on my computer is an antivirus.
    Other than malwarebytes, I run naked because 1: While I had an antivirus, I never blocked any viruses because I'm vigilant and 2: Antiviruses fuck up EVERYTHING I'm trying to do and constantly spam me.
    Avast Antivirus was actually monitoring my activity and giving me targeted messages such as offering a VPN when I was on 4chan. I decided that was too creepy and uninstalled the fucker.
     
  10. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    Sounds like one of those viruses was a fake scanner giving you false readings to extort money
     
  11. Aleksion

    Aleksion They killed me

    It doesn't take a genius not to click on virus.exe
     
  12. _Hushy

    _Hushy Socially uncomfortable, verbally clumsy~

    Love MalwareBytes, just use the free one if I'm ever worried.
     
  13. Simo

    Simo Skunk

    I had mono in college, it swept though and had of the dorm had it, and that was horrible...took moths not to feel all faint, feverish and weak, and I lost a lot of weight, like down to 110. Not fun to have, but that's been the worse.

    Oh, but computer ones! Huh, there was one that somehow partitioned the hard drive, and did all these weird things, so we just gave up, as the computer was ancient, and set it aside, thinking someday, we might salvage the music and photos we had on it...still have it, but as a computer moron, have never tried.
     
  14. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    What did you do, kiss every Bob and Mary in the dorm?
     
  15. Simo

    Simo Skunk

    Nope, but there was a lot of weed smoked, and pipes and bongs passed about. Weed was just a $5 fine at the time, in East Lansing and Ann arbor, Michigan.
     
  16. nerdbat

    nerdbat Green butt of reason

    Welp, the worst virus you can have on your computer is always the one you're not aware of ;)
     
  17. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    So the CIA?
     
  18. PoptartPresident

    PoptartPresident A teen chatter box

    I'm extremely paranoid about viruses because they only seem to get more and more complicated and dedicated to completely ruining a computer. Meanwhile anti-virus software doesn't really seem to do much according to almost everyone here.


    And while I have a Mac that's pretty secure, I still don't ever click links to places I've never been to. If I have to go to a new website, I always check to make sure it doesn't have any sketchy text in the search bar.

    Reasoning is that I have very valuable game-creation files, art programs, and school-related work on my computer. It would totally ruin me if my computer were to lose all of that simply because I was careless.
     
  19. Cloudyhue

    Cloudyhue Certified Fuzzbutt

    Could've been. I'm pretty sure it was on Malwarebytes though.
     
  20. _Hushy

    _Hushy Socially uncomfortable, verbally clumsy~

    Malwarebytes can flag individual files related to one virus. It's also good at filtering out PUPs. It's very possible to get thousands of "objects" detected, and properly.
     

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