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#1 Excelsior96


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 03:02 PM

Greetings one and all. I am attempting to test a new form of virus prevention. Is there a site I can go to on with my test machine were I can download malware/scareware/ransomware/adware samples to test just how well this program works? Going to random websites and hoping for infection is an amusing, but not a viable option. Any recommendations are appreciated.

Edited by hamluis, 10 February 2017 - 03:40 PM.
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#2 quietman7


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:49 PM

:welcome: to Bleeping Computer.

While I understand you may have good reasons to look for specific malware samples, Bleeping Computer is not the place to ask for assistance on how to obtain them.

One of the primary goals of Bleeping Computer is to assist victims of malware infection with removal and to prevent the spread of malicious programs, not encourage them. Therefore, we will not provide links to malware samples or malicious sites where infections have been contracted and spread. Others reading this topic may use the information for nefarious purposes or an unwitting novice user may accidentally click a link and end up infecting their own computer.

Bleeping Computer's main mission is to help people rid their computers of malware not infect them. For legal and liability purposes we do not endorse or permit the sharing of malware samples via the forums. There are plenty of 'in the wild' samples available by using unsafe browsing tactics.

The main goal of BleepingComputer is to help users resolve various computer problems, not to distribute malware samples for whatever purpose. Requesting and/or providing links to live malware or live malware samples does not fall under that objective and is for that reason not something we allow or encourage.

Warez and crack sites are a good source and should only be used from a virtual machine. That's the best information and most specific information we can provide.

For those and other obvious reasons, we are not going to provide more specific information in a public forum. There are a number of sites specialized in malware samples where questions like yours can be asked. You can register at Hybrid Analysis, MALWR Analysis and VirusShare or you can perform a simple Google search to find them or even search on "how to infect my computer on purpose" which will provide information such as these articles.
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#3 Struppigel


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Posted 11 February 2017 - 07:16 AM

Hi Excelsior96.

The sites mentioned by quietman7 will work depending how many samples you need for testing.
Malwr and Hybrid-Analysis are better if you need certain samples based on certain criteria. Virusshare is good if you need large quantities of all kinds of malware or if you search for specific hashes that aren't too new. However, Virusshare is not open for public, you have to get permission from the owner. You can write an email with an explanation why you need access to malware.

Other than that you could indeed also find malware yourself by looking through attachments of spam mails that you receive and by searching for ridiculous to impossible things like a paypal hack tool on google or youtube. These will most likely be infected by a stealer or backdoor and of course they don't work.

Finding PUPs and adware yourself is fairly easy because they are legal programmes. Just look at some common PUP names and google for installer downloads. Whilst installing leave everything checked and accept every additional offer and you might get more adware than you need.

Best regards

Edited by Struppigel, 11 February 2017 - 07:21 AM.

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