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#1 Evil Ira

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:50 PM

Right, ok, is there anyway I can get viruses on my computer, and getting antivirus' to test them, without trashing my computer? If this is in the wrong section, just move it. Thank you.

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#2 o_rly

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 08:57 PM

If you don't know what you're getting into, stop reading now.
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You need two basic things:

1. A Virtual Machine (try VirtualBox)
2. An OS disk with any required activation


Then you need a site where you can download your malware. I like

malwaredomainlist .com
and
malwaredomains .com


Once you are set, have some fun :thumbsup:

Edited by o_rly, 21 April 2009 - 09:00 PM.

Don't mind me, I'm just lurking.

#3 Romeo29

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 03:46 AM

They have created EICAR(European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research) test virus, just for testing antiviruses. This virus does nothing only all antiviruses get triggered if they are working properly.

This is a safe way to test your antivirus.

Open Notepad, and put the following line and try to save it as some executable like "eicar.exe". See what happens.
X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

More information:
http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htm

Personally, I do not recommend what o_rly has said, if VirtualBox is networked with host OS, some malwares have the ability to spread through it. Most antivirus companies use a separate un-networked computer as a testing machine. If they test for a network worm, then they use a separate network as testing machine network.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 08:00 AM

With all due respect if you need to ask these questions maybe you should not be testing AVs just yet.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:33 AM

With all due respect if you need to ask these questions maybe you should not be testing AVs just yet.


I agree with Someones.

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 08:29 AM

If you have a spare computer you don't mind trashing go for it. I would not use it on a computer that is network connected. IMHO I would leave such things up to the pro's. There are many of punks creating this garbage and thousands of pro's around the would trying to discover and stop them.




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