What was the first real virus you got? What was its name and what did it do?
My first one was I think on Windows 95 and all it seemed to do was repeat explitives out of my computer speakers.
My second one was on Windows 98. It corrupted all digital media and web development data on a work station.
Since then I haven't been aware of any malicious activities on my computer, though I've come close I think. By the time Kazaa came around I was thankfully already pretty clued in on what not to do on my computers. :D I was into application piracy around that time but did my best to stay safe. Eventually one day I thought "really, what the heck am I doing running random EXE crack files from Russia?" Since then I've been all legit. :feelsgoodman: Using discarded ancient versions of Photoshop and Dreamweaver in my earlier days wasn't always fun, though.
But let us hold a moment of silence for everyone in our lives who tried to open "Britney.Spears-Im.A.Slave.4.U.mp3.exe"
That trick still works on people, actually. I've always held it against Microsoft that they hide file extensions by default.
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I've intentionally (and on occasion unintentionally) infected myself countless times since, but that is the only time I can remember being infected that wasn't a direct result of researching malware.
At the time, I was running a small computer repair and build shop with a partner. It didn't take us long to figure out how to manually remove the bugger instead of relying on the not-so-efficient AV software, and repair the Winsock and Registry. I had a floppy disk that I put together with registry keys for Windows 95 and 98 to import into disinfected machines to repair that part of it. We got pretty good at it too.. as there were a LOT of people who were hit with that bug. 5 minutes or so of work, $50.00 charge for virus removal.. yeah, Happy99 paid the rent for a few months ;)
Malware has become a lot more sophisticated since then!
Then when I was about 14 I had to teach myself how to get rid of a piece of ransomware before the parents got home one day. That was an experience.
It was the 90's and we had just gotten dial-up. I downloaded a stealth dialer infection. My parents had not heard this type of virus, resulting in them confronting me about about calling adult lines in foreign countries. One of the most embarrassing conversations in my memory. I did finally convince them it wasn't me since for some hours in the 14 hours' call I had an alibi. Fortunately the phone company refunded the charge. Glad to see dial-up fading into the distance these days.
*Should have said Fake AV to start with. Ransomware isn't really the right term for that.
I messed around with known viruses trying to see what they did and how to remove them...I also "experimented" with my registry and other "you shouldn't touch that" files...
I really enjoyed seeing what the malware/virus did and worked on disabling it manually...all offline/off network of course...I got pretty good at knocking them out and recovering the system.
It was messing with computers or rolling some 20 sided dice. ;)
Otherwise, (knock on wood), I've never been infected. :D
(Yeah, I know, pretty lame, but someone had to say it!)
The one that's causing me the most head aches is the UKash Virus.... Grrr.
The doctor said that most people have it when they are real young, and you have nothing more than normal cold symptoms. The older you get, the worse it gets. Stupid me waited until I around 23 or 24 to get it.
Computer virus: I have no idea what my first one was. I kicked it out of my machine and kept on trucking.
Good weekend to everybody.:D