Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 10:54 UTC, submitted by irbis
Bugs & Viruses "For at least a decade, the standard advice to every computer user has been to run antivirus software. But new, more commercial, more complex and stealthier types of malware have people in the industry asking: will antivirus software be effective for much longer? Among the threats they see are malware that uses the ability of the latest processors to run virtual machines that would be hidden from antivirus programs." Note: Please note that our icon contest is still running! So if you have an idea on how to rework this story's icon, read this.
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Corporate malware?
by chrono13 on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 13:38 UTC
chrono13
Member since:
2006-10-25

I know at least a dozen programs off of the top of my head that are fairly well known that write to the system directories, set startups, updates, and in many other ways do more damage to more systems than viruses.

AOL may have been classified as badware, but besides lacking self-replication, in what way is it not a virus?

So many Windows programs cause the system to become unstable, place unnecessary files into system folders, and hooks or spiders it's way into the operating system and even into other programs(!), does not fully remove on uninstall (or only removes shortcuts on uninstall) yet they are considered "safe", some even mainstream (Norton, AOL, etc).

What about Corporate malware?

How to detect and remove that?

Does anyone know of any instances where corporate programs got/get away with this on any other OS than Windows? This is a serious question, not an incitement to argument : )


I'll slow down on my posting and length ;)

Edited 2007-09-23 13:39

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RE: Corporate malware?
by Soulbender on Mon 24th Sep 2007 04:16 in reply to "Corporate malware?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"What about Corporate malware? "

What's corporate malware?

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RE[2]: Corporate malware?
by chrono13 on Mon 24th Sep 2007 06:28 in reply to "RE: Corporate malware?"
chrono13 Member since:
2006-10-25

Install AOL, Norton (not Symantec) Internet Security (or if you really hate yourself, System Works), Yahoo Music Jukebox, Yahoo Messenger, Real Player 11, and any full sized printer CD (e.g. HP all in one printers ~800mb of software).

Now measure system speed and stability.
For extra fun, try to remove it all.

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