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The Most Unique Viruses of 2012 94

Orome1 writes "PandaLabs outlined its picks for the most unique viruses of the past year. Rather than a ranking of the most widespread viruses, or those that have caused most infections, these viruses are ones that deserve mention for standing out from the more than 24 million new strains of malware that emerged."
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The Most Unique Viruses of 2012

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  • by iMouse ( 963104 ) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @11:05PM (#42408483)

    ...uh. Not sure if sarcasm...

    iTunes 11.0.1 on my iMac has "Hide iTunes" and "Hide Others" just like every other version of iTunes I've ever installed.

    - Menu Bar
    -- iTunes
    --- Hide iTunes

    I insert an audio CD or video DVD and I'm asked what I want to do with this disc...just like every other version of Mac OS X since who knows when. Have you looked at your settings here?

    - System Preferences
    -- CDs & DVDs
    --- When you insert a music CD:
    --- When you insert a video DVD:

    Actually, iTunes on Mac OS X runs a hell of a lot better than it does on Windows. Kinda like how poorly Microsoft Office runs on the Mac compared to on Windows.

  • by DigiShaman ( 671371 ) on Friday December 28, 2012 @12:55AM (#42408851) Homepage

    My vote goes for the fake FBI warning screen that hijacks explorer.exe. It basically informs users that they have done something very illegal and must pay a "fine" to unlock the computer in the form of MoneyPak cards. Screenshot here [] (not my link, just found online as an example)

    BTW, you can remove this SOB using a bootable Kaspersky Rescue Disk []. It runs a form of Linux that will boot into an anti-virus desktop console. Assuming you have internet access, it will most likely contain NIC drivers to download the latest defs for you prior to the scan/removal process.

    Good luck!

  • Well considering the how to write a Linux virus in 5 easy steps [] article uses Python and when I search for "Python malware" I get over 600,000 hits? There is probably plenty of Python malware already out there, it just doesn't get as much press as a Windows bug as it has a smaller target. But as long as there is the potential to make money on infected machines I'm sure that somebody will be targeting just about every combo of language and OS you can think of, no OS is immune to a targeted attack.

    Now that said I have to deal with some customers that are...sigh...can you say "click happy" and clueless? So after many hours of trying various combos on test boxes here at the shop I have come up with what I call my "foolproof Windows for fools" that makes the machines as solid as tanks and cuts the living hell out of the risk of malware. basically short of them going "Why yes, please infect my machine" which sadly I have had to deal with at least once, well short of them going the extra mile to be super stupid you'll have a system that short of hardware failure won't be going anywhere. For those that want to know how, recipe is as follows:

    1.-First make sure their software is all up to date and Windows is set to automatically download and install patches, otherwise they are likely to just ignore the patches and leave the machine vulnerable.

    2.- Get a low rights mode browser with ABP, any Chromium based will do but I use Comodo Dragon [] as it has privalert which will block all the tracking crap and you can choose to use Comodo Secure DNS in the browser only, this helps to block a LOT of infected websites from loading in the first place.

    3.- For an AV I recommend either Avast Free or Comodo IS, both have their pluses. Avast AV is a little more "chatty" about what its doing and I found some folks really like that, Comodo IS has built in sandboxing and is easy to configure for the actual user, so its really up to you as both are quite good at stopping malware.

    4.- Install FileHippo Update Checker [] and have it set to run at startup, it only uses a couple hundred KB of memory and will tell them when their third party software is out of date as well as provide links to the software, this keeps them from downloading "flash updates" and other dubious software updates. if the Hippo doesn't say it needs updating then it don't need updating.

    5.-Finally you need to have a hidden backup and restore partition, just in case they ever manage to figure a way to get infected or if a family member comes over and trashes things. I am testing Paragon Drive backup for this roll but since I haven't finished testing I'd have to go with Comodo Time Machine [] but be aware its no longer supported and I don't think its been tested with Windows 8. That said the nice thing here is you can lock a snapshot with everything set up and all the third party software loaded so you have your own "OEM restore partition" without the trialware crap and it can also create snapshots on a schedule and be accessed if the machine can't even boot to desktop by just pushing the Home key. this way if they manage to somehow seriously screw up the OS a single push of the Home key and 20 minutes later they are back up and running.

    With these 5 little steps that takes less than an hour all told you will have a machine you can let the most clueless users get a hold of and not have to worry about them borking the system I have several "click happy" customers that have been on this system for over 2 years now and not a single bug, runs just as good as when I handed it to them. In fact I have only had to help one that has been on this system, she forgot to log off and her 16 year old niece got on after she left and did God knows what to the system so it wouldn't boot to desktop. 15 minu

  • Re:real viruses (Score:4, Informative)

    by shani ( 1674 ) <> on Friday December 28, 2012 @03:02AM (#42409387) Homepage

    Much less, I'd say.

  • Re:oh come on (Score:3, Informative)

    by jones_supa ( 887896 ) on Friday December 28, 2012 @06:03AM (#42409767)

    Seems to compile just fine.

    1>------ Build started: Project: silly, Configuration: Debug Win32 ------
    1> silly.c
    1>silly.c(8): warning C4244: 'function' : conversion from 'time_t' to 'unsigned int', possible loss of data
    1> silly.vcxproj -> silly.exe
    ========== Build: 1 succeeded, 0 failed, 0 up-to-date, 0 skipped ==========

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