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06-06-2011, 02:23 AM #1
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General Malware Descriptions
Adware - A program that generates pop-ups on your computer or displays advertisements. It is important to note that not all adware programs are necessarily considered malware. There are many legitimate programs that are given for free that display ads in their programs in order to generate revenue. As long as this information is provided up front then they are generally not considered malware.

Backdoor - A program that allows a remote user to execute commands and tasks on your computer without your permission. These types of programs are typically used to launch attacks on other computers, distribute copyrighted software or media, or hack other computers.

Dialler - A program that typically dials a premium rate number that has per minute charges over and above the typical call charge. These calls are with the intent of gaining access to pornographic material.

Hijackers - A program that attempts to hijack certain Internet functions like redirecting your start page to the hijacker's own start page, redirecting search queries to a undesired search engine, or replace search results from popular search engines with their own information.

Spyware - A program that monitors your activity or information on your computer and sends that information to a remote computer without your knowledge.

Trojan - A program that has been designed to appear innocent but has been intentionally designed to cause some malicious activity or to provide a backdoor to your system.

Virus - A program that when run, has the ability to self-replicate by infecting other programs and files on your computer. These programs can have many effects ranging from wiping your hard drive, displaying a joke in a small box, or doing nothing at all except to replicate itself. These types of infections tend to be localized to your computer and not have the ability to spread to another computer on their own. The word virus has incorrectly become a general term that encompasses trojans, worms, and viruses.

Worm - A program that when run, has the ability to spread to other computers on its own using either mass-mailing techniques to email addresses found on your computer or by using the Internet to infect a remote computer using known security holes

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06-06-2011, 05:31 AM #2
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RE: General Malware Descriptions
Thanks, this will help some noobs.


You should include Rouge.
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06-06-2011, 10:32 AM #3
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RE: General Malware Descriptions
Rouge is a type of virus though or a Trojan. It could actually include almost anything on the list since Rouge just means fake. Usually you get Rouge Antiviruses, but the infection from one could include any of them from the list. :)


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06-06-2011, 04:16 PM #4
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RE: General Malware Descriptions
(06-06-2011, 10:32 AM)Unleashed Wrote:  Rouge is a type of virus though or a Trojan. It could actually include almost anything on the list since Rouge just means fake. Usually you get Rouge Antiviruses, but the infection from one could include any of them from the list. :)

Oh, I didn't know that.


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06-06-2011, 08:42 PM #5
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RE: General Malware Descriptions
(06-06-2011, 04:16 PM)Cody8295 Wrote:  
(06-06-2011, 10:32 AM)Unleashed Wrote:  Rouge is a type of virus though or a Trojan. It could actually include almost anything on the list since Rouge just means fake. Usually you get Rouge Antiviruses, but the infection from one could include any of them from the list. :)

Oh, I didn't know that.


I guess you learn something new everyday :D

I learn new things as well sometimes, it's a good thing. You can reject that you didn't know something or use it and add it to your previous knowledge, accepting that you now know something new.


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06-08-2011, 05:13 AM #6
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RE: General Malware Descriptions
(06-06-2011, 10:32 AM)Unleashed Wrote:  Rouge is a type of virus though or a Trojan. It could actually include almost anything on the list since Rouge just means fake. Usually you get Rouge Antiviruses, but the infection from one could include any of them from the list. :)

"Rouge" is originally the term used to refer to an unwanted program in general, and it should have never been used to identify a closed type like fake anti-viruses. The proper term to call them would be "rouge anti-viruses". However, everybody started calling them "rouge" thus the Internet community finally accepted it.

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RE: General Malware Descriptions
(06-08-2011, 05:13 AM)Styx Wrote:  
(06-06-2011, 10:32 AM)Unleashed Wrote:  Rouge is a type of virus though or a Trojan. It could actually include almost anything on the list since Rouge just means fake. Usually you get Rouge Antiviruses, but the infection from one could include any of them from the list. :)

"Rouge" is originally the term used to refer to an unwanted program in general, and it should have never been used to identify a closed type like fake anti-viruses. The proper term to call them would be "rouge anti-viruses". However, everybody started calling them "rouge" thus the Internet community finally accepted it.

I never said it was only Antiviruses though, read my post again, undedited, the way it was before.

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Rouge is a type of virus though or a Trojan. It could actually include almost anything on the list since Rouge just means fake

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Usually you get Rouge Antiviruses

Note: "Usually" you get Rouge Antiviruses

Reason people make Rouge Antiviruses is because they know that everyone looks for an antivirus out there. If someone made it for any other program, like say a Notepad app or something like that, or an email client. Not everyone uses them, and not everyone uses the same thing. But there's lots of people out there who try to find a quick alternative to buying an AV from a legit source. Rouge Antiviruses are the most common.


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06-09-2011, 09:07 AM #8
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RE: General Malware Descriptions
I had no problem with your post; neither was I correcting it. I was simply elaborating it. :cheesygrin:

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RE: General Malware Descriptions
(06-09-2011, 09:07 AM)Styx Wrote:  I had no problem with your post; neither was I correcting it. I was simply elaborating it. :cheesygrin:

Well that's good, if you found that my post needed elaborating I must have not explained it well enough for others to understand then if you look at it from one perspective. Thanks :)

If you do see something wrong in my posts, feel free to correct me. I don't want to be going around posting incorrect information lol
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06-13-2011, 12:35 AM #10
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RE: General Malware Descriptions
Reckon you should include polymorphic infections? They are quite populous as of the moment.




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