Have you been infected with malware and now want to strike back? Or do you just like to help others?
If so, BleepingComputer is offering you the chance to do just that by learning how to fight malware. The need for helpers to offer their expertise on the internet is greater than ever. The advancement and spread of malware means more people are being infected daily with newer and more difficult malware variants. If you would like to take part in this interesting and exciting program use the link at the bottom of this post.
Is it free?
While we offer this training free of charge, it is not free of obligation. When you submit an application and are accepted, we expect that you will use the skills acquired during training to assist others in our online community as far as this is reasonably possible. Training is only possible due to the combined effort of a number of volunteer staff members here at BleepingComputer and we expect our trainees to have the same mindset .
Over the years malware has become more complex and in order to ensure our trainees will be prepared to deal with this, we try to cover a variety of subjects and techniques during training. The necessary skills aren't acquired over-night and training rarely takes less than a year (and quite often more than that). We expect you to actively participate in the training and to aim to finish in a timely fashion. Please be aware, that this still means you are committing to a process that may take up to two years as we introduce you to the different removal tools and techniques. The time spent in training varies greatly based on the time you can invest and it can take more than a year for you to graduate. Be sure you are willing and able to make this commitment before applying.
Our Training Program
Upon acceptance to the training program here at Bleeping Computer, you will start in the Sophomore group where we will introduce basic tools used in malware removal and provide you with basic knowledge needed to identify and remove malware. Note: at this level of training we have a time limit in place. This part consists of 3 simple exercises, which have to be completed within 90 days from being admitted to the program in order to qualify for promotion to Junior level.
In this section you will learn how to identify and manually remove different types of malware. This stage employs practice logs as a training tool under the supervision and guidance of our Malware Response Instructors. Discussions about current developments and changes in the methods of dealing with malware start here.
Upon your completion of the required logs, you will work here with actual users under the supervision of an Instructor. Once you have demonstrated the capability to effectively resolve problems you will become a staff member, with full rights as a Malware Response Team Member.
Don't be put off by the challenging effort; even though the training is intensive and may require some time we will go at your pace and even absolute beginners can give it a go. You are under no obligation to complete the training. If you cannot continue for any reason you can drop out at any time. .
Due to the large numbers of requests for training, we utilize an automated program that will open a training slot to applicants when one becomes available. If the classes are full, please check back often to see if there is an opening. The Study Hall program is designed for those who wish to use the skills taught to better the Bleeping Computer community. Therefore, you must have a minimum of 20 posts on the Bleeping Computer forum to be considered eligible for applying. This will be used in conjunction with the application process to help us get an understanding of your posting style and your ability to interact on a forum style help site as well as demonstrate your commitment to contributing. Note that we expect posts that contribute to the topic it is posted in. Non-constructive posting or posting in a manner that makes it obvious you are only trying to get enough posts to apply can be considered grounds for immediate disqualification at the discretion of the administrators.
Do not contact staff members via PM to request admission. This will result in a negative response, and may hinder your acceptance to the program. If you feel that special circumstances require our attention, contact a Study Hall Admin.
Click Here to apply for admission to the BC Study Hall. You should receive a reply once your application is reviewed.