PC Technician - AntiVirus Info
As I said elsewhere on my pc technician site, getting rid of viruses was relatively easy
but this was back in the early days of PC's. Mostly, the hackers would put their payload
in the windows or windows\system32 directories. What I used to do was sort the contents of
these directories by date (earliest to latest) and by the file extension (.exe and .bat and
.dll). If I found a late date entry with a goofy name (like ty65rts.exe or iopkj789.dll) I would
just delete these and the virus would be gone. Pretty simple. But now the hackers hide files in other
directories and make the execution invisible (rootkits). I am somewhat of a fan of AVG antivirus
software probably because I don't go to web sites with domain extensions like .ru and .de etc..
I always tried to stay away from web sites that looked suspicious. And sorry to say porn sites
are notorious gateways into your computer. I think Google tries to warn you of unsafe sites but
many sites could sneak by their algorithms. The hackers work pretty hard at gathering info about
their potential victims and for the thieves out there they will work even harder (ransomware).
My advice is to be diligent about visiting websites.
In the next several weeks I will try to give a more comprehensive overview of antivirus tactics.