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Is it bad to be a scan junkie?


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#1 4on4off

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:38 PM

I find myself getting bored and wanting to run scans on any of my pc's. Sometimes I even turn one on that I know hasn't run for quite awhile and I run scans on it.

 

I even find myself roaming this site looking for issues that others are having to see if there are tools I haven't ran before that are being used.

 

Is this a kind of sickness?

 

I dunno........... :wacko:



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:49 PM

Lol I'd say you just have to much time on your hands. Though, it can be a useful learning tool, so you can become better acquainted with the various tools out there, how they work, and which ones are effective and which ones are not.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:59 PM

I do agree, to some extent with the above -

However I also like to know how a tool works, rather than just saying "click on this link", as it worked for someone else.

 

So every tool I post has been used on one of my computers (usually) :wink:

 

Call it "Educating yourself" rather than calling it "playing", or similar -



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:59 PM

Part of the reason I guess is trying to learn how to read the results on some of the more technical applications to understand what they are telling me.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:06 PM

I am always helping friends and family with computer issues and when it comes to the deeper technical stuff I usually end up here or there seeking advice or at least a second opinion.

 

I find it extremely interesting how the helpers here can read a log and know what to do next. I desire I guess to use my pc's as a testing ground and try to compare scans I run on them with scans ran on pc's with issues to try and see if I can tell what they are getting out of it.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:49 PM

I was like that too :)

 

I don't know if you are aware of this, but BleepingComputer has a malware removal training program. Why not give it a try? That's got to be the best way to quench your thirst for computer-related knowledge :)


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:55 PM

Thank you for the reply,

 

Yes, I am aware of the program and I have considered it because I really enjoy diving into friends and family computers and helping them out.

 

I haven't applied because I work 12 hour rotating shifts on a 4on 4off schedule with lots of overtime on the 4off cycle. I am not certain that I would be able to be timely as needed when taking the course.

 

I really want to though because I find it extremely interesting and satisfying.

 

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 12:55 PM

I find myself getting bored and wanting to run scans on any of my pc's. Sometimes I even turn one on that I know hasn't run for quite awhile and I run scans on it.

 

I even find myself roaming this site looking for issues that others are having to see if there are tools I haven't ran before that are being used.

 

Is this a kind of sickness?

 

I dunno........... :wacko:

NAH , its no sickness,  just fanatical curiosity to see whether all those bugs that were not in the last scan, have crawled into your PC during the interval between scans. A kind of converse image of "The Great Escape" 

 

The trick is to organise your scans so that when one  finishes, another one starts. This way, you can enjoy the mind blowing ecstasy of continuous and most likely contradictory results ad infinitum.

 

Voila!

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 01:27 PM

Thank you for the reply,

 

Yes, I am aware of the program and I have considered it because I really enjoy diving into friends and family computers and helping them out.

 

I haven't applied because I work 12 hour rotating shifts on a 4on 4off schedule with lots of overtime on the 4off cycle. I am not certain that I would be able to be timely as needed when taking the course.

 

I really want to though because I find it extremely interesting and satisfying.

 

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From personal experience, I can say that 2-3 hours every 2 days should be enough. If you think you can continue at that pace, I'd say go ahead :)






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