Posts tagged ‘malware’
Windows Media Player and Iplayer are the two legitimate ones other than ones you pay for. If you see something like this in an ad start doing research on it first. Google it. If Top Ten Freeware dot com reviews it well it’s malware. PC Mag and About.com are very reliable. Downloads from Filehippo are generally riskfree.
After you download it, run it through an online virus checker or three.
Then set a restore point, just in case.
Then try installing it. However if you have something that won’t play unless you install an unknown player, you’re risking your computer (yes, there are viruses now that can overspeed fans and so forth, and there are things like rootkits) in order to hear something unknown.
My advice? DON’T.
I feel cruddy today so probably my only other blog entry is this but I saw this accidentally and had to post this.
The reason is that I am STILL recovering my wife’s computer from having downloaded one of those damned players (all I have to do is put in a good AV and I have two to choose from–paid for).
First of all, if you get a suspicious download send it to VirusTotal (www.virustotal.com/) which checks it via a number of AV engines. As noticed in this article (www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/22/anatomy_of_a_hack/), the XP AV scam is the best yet. It’s actually worth reading the article carefully. The author was testing via VM–Virtual Machine–and a lot of badware is good at detecting this. That presents my shifty little brain with all sorts of possibilities but I’m simply not in the game–any of them–any more.
Some of you know what this is, and a lot don’t. Anyone who was around during the first days of the net probably does. It’s software and other stuff that can be downloaded illegally, if you can get past the traps. You most likely would end up with malware (and not just one program) if you managed to do that. Nearly certainly you’d turn your computer into a bot. And best of all, you’d leave every footprint, fingerprint and any other extremely identifiable thing (like how you hit the keys on the keyboard, dig??) open, available…and if at all useful to someone who needed funds, used. We haven’t even mentioned the legal ramifications yet.
Don’t go to warez.com and don’t advise friends to do so…and just as an amplification of this you can read this Register article. “If it looks to be true, it is”, and that’s more true on the internet.
Symantec had an interesting blog entry up today. Malware writers are trying to write in EULA’s (End User License Agreement, a ‘legal’ contract). Follow the link and you’ll read it. Basically, it’s the same kind of contract you get on software you buy off the ‘Net or from a store.