View Full Version : Where can I go to infect my computer?

06-06-2008, 09:55 AM
This may sound like a funny question, but I'd like to infect my computer with a lot of viruses and spyware in order to test Reimage's claims (http://www.technibble.com/reimage/) on removing viruses/spyware and run some other tests of my own.

I thought it'd be easy, but I am actually having trouble infecting my computer with viruses/spyware. lol Anybody know where I can go to just grab a massive amount of viruses/spyware? :p

06-06-2008, 12:04 PM
One of the easiest ways to do this would be a fresh install of xp, with firewall off and even better without the Service Packs. Then simply plug it in to the pipes, and you should be infected a short time later. Oh yea vist some of those shady Pron sites too.. :) It is not really a dumb question, it actually makes for a good test of your abilities. Or rather your anti-virus'

06-06-2008, 07:39 PM
I also tried to infect a new pc for a similar reason a few weeks ago.
Just connecting to the web without sp and antivirus and visiting a few porn sites got a few, I did better by going to some gambling sites and also by going to lime wire and downloading exe files.

06-06-2008, 07:41 PM
Bingo! Downloading .exes over P2P should do the trick! Thanks I'll go do that now.

06-09-2008, 05:18 PM
If you visit a few free download sites and click on some links in MySpace member pages it won't take long. Go online with no firewall, no virus protection, no patches and IE6 and you will get plenty of malware in about half an hour.

06-10-2008, 10:43 PM
I would also make an image before you start removing. That way you measure exactly how much time Reimage saves you versus the normal way. (Actually making an image of the clean system wouldn't hurt either.)

06-11-2008, 04:47 PM
If you purchase a new PC these days it comes pre-infected.....with Vista.
See if Reimage can fix that!

06-14-2008, 07:35 PM
A customer of mine had this infection yesterday and I did a manual removal of it. It uses a "locked" file in the system32 folder named "sockins32.dll (http://www.google.com/search?q=sockins32.dll&sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B3GGGL_enUS278US278&aq=t)"

http://antispyspider.us/ and install it ... let us know!

06-14-2008, 07:46 PM
BTW - I am leery of programs that make generalized claims to fix everything known to man. You seem to have the same skepticism which is good and healthy. There is simply no substitute that I am aware of for knowing where and what to look for in a PC. IMHO you just cannot overlook spending 10 minutes reviewing what's running on a PC and then, first, eliminating the threats; and then, second, turning off unnecessary apps one by one.

I would find it hard to believe (but certainly possible) that there's a "one-button" program (Reimage) that does what the human mind does. Deciding which dll, dat, exe, sys files are legit and which ones are fake is something a program just cannot do IMHO ... that said ... keep us posted on your findings!!

06-23-2008, 05:39 PM
I tried Reimage on a computer that had he IE all mess up, i remove all viruses and spyware, un SFC, dial-a-fix, installing sp3 and reinstall IE7 but i will still get Scripting errors, The "RunOnce" Screen on IE wont work right, as well as some webpages like hotmail, google toolbar would crash IE and google updater (from google pack) wont run, it will stay blank (as well as any other program that uses the IE engine, like steam, my costumer was a gamer)

Since an Full Format wasn't an option (for several reasons) i tried reimage, and in about 30 min, everything was working fine.

Im not saying Reimage will fix every problem, but it help me with this error that i cannot fix by myself (any recommendation will be appreciate thought)

and it not actually a bad deal, $200 for 20 pcs, but its not for everybody,
since i still have 2 free trials, as soon as i get another really mess up pc (where Formatting is not an option) i will try it again

06-23-2008, 08:58 PM
I wonder what Reimage does? How does it work. Is it a registry repair tool? DLL re-register? Replaces OS files? All of the above?

Firstly, I am reluctant to use a tool that it is not clear what it is doing. I probably should not perform repairs to PC's with tools I do not understand. I cannot be sure that I am doing the right thing for my customers if I am using a tool that either performs a partial repair or damages their system (and then I have to do something else afterward taking valuable time).

Secondly, why use a tool (that costs me $$) to fix a PC that I would have made more money on by fixing it reloading Windows? If I fix a PC using Reimage I probably cannot charge the customer what I would've charged for a format and re-installation (plus I get a pretty nice fee for backing up and transferring their data back to the PC). Under that scenario I know the PC is repaired properly and my customer is well-served.

If this tool truly works so well why the heck are they selling it to me? (a computer repair tech) If all you do is download it and press "repair" and it fixes any ailment why not just target end users? http://www.blokessportbike.com/images/smilies/dunno.gif

06-24-2008, 05:51 AM
I agree with all points, but I'll just play devil's advocate on the last one. To sell something you must provide a value equal to what you are charging. More accurately, the customer must see how the value of what you are providing translate to the monetary cost. It is easiest to do this when the product can be used by the customer to make a return on investment. Secondly, from a marketing standpoint it works out cheaper to gain one customer that spends $200 than 20 customers that spend $10 (and from an operations and accounts management standpoints too I guess, but this is less noticeable). Although there are less techs than end users, they probably figure they are still indirectly getting to the a similiar size audience because we the techs are spending our advertising dollars to get to the many end users. Business to business sales is just more profitable for many types of companies.

It seems pretty slick, but I would rather mash something together with AutoIt even it was slower, as long I know what it's doing.