General Grievous Posted November 28, 2010 Share Posted November 28, 2010 (edited) While I slowly decided to learn how to hack, (other than the obvious "hacking" of unprotected WiFi routers which still have default passwords...), I was wondering perhaps if anti-virus skill was in any way directly related to "hacker skill" OR "speed of learning". (Yes, that was a Google search reference.) My best accomplishment to date has not been finding and deleting viruses in the CLI, but in the GUI... (Which was surprising.) I had happened for months to suspect that a virus, if crappily made, will show up in your processes in the Task Manager... Now to the average user, they cannot read it and try and remember or discern which ones are what. However, I have (brain) memory that does well when I attempt to visualize such information, and so I in general remember which ones I've seen before problems, or whether they seem to have abbreviated versions of a name of antivirus programs (Mc for McAffee for instance). Anyhow, one day I was in a classroom full of persons whom had warned me constantly of a new virus that infected Malwarebytes. Even better, the man that teaches the class was a 2000 (or was it 98...) Beta Tester, and a Chief Petty Officer, he used to hack but was getting older. (50's.) So while he still brings out his hex editor on occasion, he hasn't done much more than crack a game to run without a CD, or modify a W2k printer driver to work on Vista... (Which was astonishingly creep and amazing at the same time...) I had been told that getting rid of the virus, according to the teacher took several steps including Safe Mode, CLI, and quite a few reboots. You know one of those "crazy hard to kill" viruses. The virus would also act like Malwarebytes and do false "scans" amounting to hundreds of viruses it was "scanning and killing", but was obviously not the good ole Malwarebytes. I however offered to solve the problem, and solved it within seconds. Without crashing windows or explorer.exe, et cetera, by the second try I killed the virus process, I found it out by opening Malwarebytes, and this time it wasn't a weirder GUI than normal. I know what your probably thinking. "Well when you reboot it, it will be back genius." Well yes... but who said I HAD to reboot it yet? So I ran MWbytes, updated it (why would the company NOT want to update or enable their scanners to kill viruses that infect their own designed AV-scanner, I thought), and set it to scan and confidently walked away. I by tommorow, after it scanned for some hours, was pleased to learn that not only was the problem solved, but I beat a former hacker and former naval officer at getting rid of a virus. (Not to be arrogant, but considering how much I looked up to him it was a nice part of my life.) While it took him maybe an hour or two or more to solve the problem on his wife's computer (same virus), it took me probably less than 5 minutes of actual labor to get this done. I just told the computer to do the rest. So what was YOUR best moment in anti-virus? (with your AV for some reason failing other than not using what they call the UPDATE feature....) And how good of a hacker would you say you are in comparison to that skill. (Or simply state your belief on the correlation between hacking and antivirus. And yes I know hackers may write viruses, worms, trojans, phishing websites, et cetera.) Edited November 28, 2010 by General Grievous Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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