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How I would write a perfect virus

, posted: 26-Nov-2008 19:36

As someone who deals with virii / viruses / crapware every day I try to keep abreast of new developments.

Recently I ran into the work of Joanna Rutkowska who had created a 'Blue Pill' ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Pill_(malware) ) rootkit as a sample of an undetectable rootkit / virus infection. While the papers referenced above are more than my decaffinated brain can handle before lunch the concept is beautiful, elegant in its approach and almost completely undetectable usi (read the entire post)...



Ever wondered how the Pope, Stewart island and plague victims can be in the same post? wonder no longer :)

, posted: 26-Nov-2008 17:37

Basically this is a rehash of a comment I wrote in repsonse to the review of Microsofts free security / av software. ( http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?ContentId=8005 ) I include it here as it has direct relevance to virus busting but also because i see this as a disaster in the making. I feel like the dude looking out to sea watching a tsunami approaching and knowing there is nothing I can do but grab my surf board and hope that the afterlife is better than this one.

To those (read the entire post)...



Further Cause To approach Virii With White Lists not Just Black Lists

, posted: 13-Oct-2008 13:36

Ironically, soon after finishing my previous post around the idea of going down the whitelist route for hunting viruses (lists of known good software and programs so only unknowns will be checked for problems) I had the (dis)pleasure of runnig into one of the new style root kits.

As before the root kit had gotten into the system via Win Antivirus 2008 or a similar variant of that malware. The machine was dis-infected using smitfraud fix software and also SDFix software, the two quicke (read the entire post)...



IE7 icon missing On WinXP Desktop

, posted: 26-Sep-2008 18:04

My poor technician must have freaked out earlier today when his boss (me) suddenly burst into fits of hysterical laughter and couldn't stop giggling for at least 5 minutes.

The thing that provoked such mirth was a couple of lines from the Microsoft Help section. It read like a cross between Monty Pythons Cheese Skit and a programmers joke. The lines in question are bolded below.

SUMMARYThe
Internet Explorer icon might be missing after either you upgrade the
Inter (read the entire post)...



A new approach to virus removal?

, posted: 18-Sep-2008 19:40

Over the past six years a lot of changes have happened in the world of virus removal and computer security. Basically with the advent of Microsofts most secure operating system ever (Windows XP) the world of virii / spyware / rootkits / exploits (collectively I'll refer to them as malware for this article) etc has exploded. Estimates of the number of new virus released each week are normally in the thousands, if not tens of thousands range. Add to that spyware, unwanted applications (e.g. WinAnt (read the entire post)...



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Shane Hollis
New Zealand


Shane started Virusbusters twelve years ago to provide fixed price IT support for home users.

Daily battles through the world of viruses, spammers and other malware has left an indelible impression on him so he decided to try to give back some of the help he has received over time.

Hopefully crazy ideas, virus removal tips and other help can be found in this new blog. who knows, it might even be worth reading one day.