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Where Can I Purposely Download Viruses?

By Nostradamus
Nov 28, 2009
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  1. I know, I know. Everyone says don't download a virus on purpose. I am fully aware of what viruses do. I want to install some known malware on a virtual machine in a closed environment. In order to help others wipe things off their computers, I want to test tools and procedures against certain malware, specifically rogue anti-virus programs. Having to deal with these on a daily basis at a helpdesk, it would be nice to just develop a routine to streamline the process. Practice makes perfect, right?

    I've been searching for a couple days to find an installer for GreenAV, Security Tool, Antivirus 2010, and Police Pro. Any of those would be extremely useful.

    (Note that just searching for "free porn" and clicking on advertisements is not exact enough a method to find a specific piece of malware. It tried.)
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,827   +163

    Download and install Limewire or any other uTorrent downloader. It will only take a little bit of time to find malware or a virus
  3. red1776

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

    ......And the winner of the strangest question ever asked on Techspot goes to......:haha:;)

    wow! never heard that one before Nost, but I think T is right!
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    You can find Anti-virus and malware test files available from EICAR (European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research) Click here
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Yes, it's a strange request! But actually this is the 2nd request for a virus file i've seen on TechSpot over the last couple months!
  6. red1776

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

    I know Lookin, i was just having a spot of fun :)....btw Nostradamus, follow up and let us know how that goes would you?
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,827   +163

    Yes, it is much safer to just go by trusted recommendations on Antivirus/antimalware software
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes this is true

    In other words, you do not need to download a virus or any Malware to test it
    When that's exactly what other Anti-Malware programs have done already

    Best to view support replies in the Malware removal forum, and learn how to remove all the present known infections of today (generally the common ones at the moment are redirections and Hosts issues and similar issues to that

    No need to download a specific Malware, when the Antivirus / Antimalware companies have already successfully detected them, and automatically remove them
  9. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Enthusiast Posts: 325   +16

    Frostwire, Limewire, uTorrent, Torrent sites, etc. should do it. Go to google and search Keygens, FREE big company anti-virus softwares, and stuff like that should put viruses and Rogue anti virus software's on much faster.
  10. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    I've managed to acquire a few interesting ones. Here are some screenshots:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/44854679@N08/4140100126/in/set-72157622765118069/

    They weren't the exact ones I was hoping for but one of them appears to be a clone of Police Pro. It's kind of fun. "Do you want to install Active X?" YES! "This file may harm your computer. Are you sure you want to run it?" YES!

    I'm checking out that link to eicar.org. I'll have to keep you posted.
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