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How do you guys get so good?

By wookieecrisp
May 28, 2009
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  1. This might seem like a silly question but: how do you people get so good at removing viruses? Like how come you just look at a couple logs and then all of a sudden you know exactly what to do ? Thanks!
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,895   +88

    some of us by having Kimsland around
  3. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,550   +18

    How does one get to Carnegie Hall?;)
  4. kritius

    kritius TS Guru Posts: 2,087

    LOTS of work
  5. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 698

    Once we graduate from Hogwarts, we get a magic wand that we can wave over the computer and it's instantly fixed!


    At least that's what some of my customers think and are quite disappointed when I say otherwise :)
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,895   +88

    Snowchick is lying! it wasn't Hogwarts....it was Ridgemont High :)....welcome to TS :wave:
  7. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 698

    Haha red,

    Guess you missed out on all the magical fun we had :p
  8. wookieecrisp

    wookieecrisp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:
    Can we please get serious? :haha:


    "Upload, Upload, Upload!"
    -MTT at the YouTube Symphony Event
  9. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 698

    Lol, sorry sometimes its hard to be serious in the compute industry :)

    Especially on a Friday (I'm in New Zealand).

    To be honest wookieecrisp, its all about experience.

    You can learn a lot of stuff through studying, but I get computers in everyday that have different problems. You just learn the different paths and common patterns of certain issues then proceed to go down that train of thought.

    So in other words. Lots of mouse clicks and button pressing :D
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,371   +167

    i'm not one of the malware experts but speaking from a general computer perspective...

    As mentioned before it comes down to experience and knowledge gained over time..

    In fact, it's much the same as a doctor, a psychologist or an auto mechanic!

    Over time, one learns from experience. You begin to understand (and get a sense of) the connection between symptoms / problems / solutions. That (along good pattern recognition skills in your field) let's ya get good at fixin computers and viruses (or automobiles or people as the case may be!)
  11. kritius

    kritius TS Guru Posts: 2,087

     
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Buy a ticket? You can always pay someone to teach you, however much.

    Now about learning, you could learn from experience, or you can start making your own viruses! You can learn a lot that way, though that still counts as experience too I think.
  13. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 698

    HK,

    Have you been making viruses? O.o

    :D
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,525   +300

    I'll chime in with another 'expierence' comment. I very very rarely visit this subforum but I saw this come up as the last commented thread so I stopped by. Its like anything anyone dedicates time to, the more time you spend in an area the better you get at it and you can pick up on little things that 'novices' miss (I'm speaking generally, not specifics).

    The guys that help here are doing a great job, but I think if you took several of us that don't help in this forum but are also pretty active in other subforums here we'd do alright at diagnosing/fixing things here (although surely through differing approaches, and we'd probably be slower). The thing is, the people that help in this one are a special breed, I just have no motivation to try and learn more and help people in this area.
  15. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    :haha: Nope, notice i'm not much of a malware helper ^^. I forgot to mention, making mistakes and learning from them is great too.

    I'm also "lazy".
  16. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,371   +167

    HK
    :haha: Now you're not THAT lazy! As i see you often enough in other forums!~ ;)
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,895   +88

    not so fast

    no no...HK is right, when I first joined HK stopped in to 'introduce yourself' and said
    'wel' :rolleyes:;):haha:
  18. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 698

    Haha, HK.

    You have been found out :p
  19. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 698

    And sometimes explaining these in such technical terms that the customer's switch off and don't realize that you actually made a mistake while fixing their computer >.<

    :D
  20. wookieecrisp

    wookieecrisp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Thanks all! I made an application for GeeksToGo and I hope I get in. :haha: :haha: I can picture you guys infecting your own systems just to practice removing a virus. :haha:
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,671   +879

    What's even more admirable, is the patience exhibited by our malware removal members, when they fully know right up front, that most of these machines are infected by doing things with them that the posters know damn well that they shouldn't be doing in the first place.

    It always reminds me of the story about the "shopper" who walked out of the store, with a stolen ham under his arm. When confronted by the store security guard about it, he answered, "how'd that get there"?
  22. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,895   +88

    here here
  23. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    No...you give me too much credit, I didn't even bother to make a thread like that ^^.
  24. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 698

    At least HK attempts to fight the laziness

    :D
  25. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Yes, my goal is two, it started out hovering about 1.2, but I realized my limited expertise can help a lot more than the small area's a actually know what i'm talking about.
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