Wednesday, 23 May, 2007 Offbeat

Need a computer virus?- download now


Most people want to download malware to test their anti-virus software. There are website where you can download malware samples, or virus simulators like the Trojan Simulator here. You can also check out this website.

However, there are websites that on purpose provide viruses users can download. These sites are intended mainly to help professionals and enthusiasts and ordinary users should avoid them.Nevertheless, if you want to know one of such websites, then check out the Malware Domain List. BE CAREFUL: All domains on the site must be considered dangerous, since they include real malware and not samples.

Computer expert put an advertisement on the Internet offering a free computer virus for everyone willing to have one.

Didier Stevens from Helsinki ran his advertising campaign on Google Adwords for half of the year. As a result of his campaign 409 people clicked on the ad, that said: "Is your PC virus-free? Get it infected here!"

It is important for an antivirus to be easy to use, so even children would know how to scan for computer viruses, delete and block them.

There are several suggestion on people's willingness to download malicious virus, said Mikko Hypponen, who conducted the research at data security firm F-Secure. First of all, people must have mistakenly pushed the button, second - curiosity sometimes overcomes natural prudence and thirdly, some people must have been stupid.

In fact, Stevens tried the experiment with no actual virus. He wanted to demonstrate the advertising system can be a good source for everyone including those who have a malicious objective.

Take part in our polls and see if eveyone uses antivirus software and if so, which one.

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20 votes

//12 May 26, 2007 08:00 AM | posted by: Editor
Please, do not be offensive and don't use inappropriate words. We will delete not only your comment, but those related to it too!
28 votes

//11 May 26, 2007 12:58 AM | posted by: DARK
Wow Maniac. If you're going to insult someone, at least type correctly. When you use short ways of communicating, it really makes you sound like an incompetent idiot.

Great, now I'm feel like I want to argue with someone.
39 votes

//10 May 25, 2007 10:38 PM | posted by: Matthew
i would :D
31 votes

//9 May 25, 2007 10:07 PM | posted by: Peсa
Linux is not virus free.... It is just that there are not as many users as windows.... so why bother making a virus for a gay os
33 votes

//8 May 25, 2007 07:34 PM | posted by: 0ddb411
As for the virus not affecting Linux... what if it is a virus written for Linux? :S Unless you mean that you still havn't got your copy of 'nix to run *anything* there is always a piece of naugty code that, if you are stupid enough to D/L and run it with sufficient access [I can't spell privilidgiggis] (a shell script from root, maybe? rm -rf / ), will *deleted* you up regardless of your OS.
Linux didn't get where it is today by being complacent about its security. They ARE out to get you - Linux users are generaly just paranoid enough.
32 votes

//7 May 25, 2007 07:01 PM | posted by: Unknown
LINUX users are willing to download because it wont hurt them :D
37 votes

//6 May 25, 2007 06:26 PM | posted by: Jaysus
I actually wanted to download but just to hav so could run on someone else's computer to be malicious. no one in particulars yet, not motive
36 votes

//5 May 25, 2007 06:24 PM | posted by: lol....
what kind of fool would be willing to download a virus?!
29 votes

//4 May 25, 2007 11:00 AM | posted by: grumbler [InfoSLAVE]
Actually, I have downloaded virii or gotten infected on purpose so that I could help others rid themselves of the virus. By having it and getting rid of it using known methods, I potentially saved 30-40 computer users.
26 votes

//2 May 25, 2007 08:00 AM | posted by: Eliena Andrews
Are you nuts ? Why would any person want to infect own computers and have headache? I would simply ignore it though subject seems interesting

Best Regards,
Eliena Andrews
21 votes

//3 May 25, 2007 08:00 AM | posted by: DARK
Also, to Peca, people make viruses for Linux to steal information from the clever people who use Linux to "try and hide from the mainstream" of Operating Systems.

Or break computers. Whichever suits the virus creator.
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