Some virus software names and what they do

By rev_olie ยท 6 replies
Nov 29, 2008
  1. Hi
    I thought this would get lost in the Virus forum and take up allot of space so seeing as though its misc software i will begin :p

    I'm looking into Virus removal security etc and i tried to join one the the universities but malware removal didn't accept me so I'm going at it alone. Could you kind people give me some information on what the following programs do?

    • View point killer
    • The Avenger
    • Gmer
    • Oldtimer
    • Atribune temp file cleaner
    • RSIT (random systems information tool)

    Also i'm looking at how you write code to go into Combo fix does anyone know were i can learn that sort of thing. Surely some one out there has show other how to do it so i wouldn't mind looking myself

    Thanks Techspot :grinthumb
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Okay, here's the rundown of the programs, but your category is wrong. These are should be grouped into a Malware Cleaning grouping, not virus or security:
    * Viewpoint killer> >
    * The Avenger>>
    * Gmer>>
    * Oldtimer>>
    * Atribune temp file cleaner (ATF)>>
    * RSIT (random systems information tool)>>
    *Combo fix >>
  3. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 560

    Wow thanks Bobbye,

    Thats just what i needed

    As for the category i didnt actually know what they were so i just presumed with them being in variouse security forums that they were something to do with viruses but now i know they aren't

    Thanks again brilliant help
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    You're welcome. No brilliance though- just some patient searching.

    The word 'malware' has become the descriptive word to include viruses, Trojans, Worms, pests, spyware, adware and anything else that gets on the system without out permission and causes problems. Some don't realize that spyware and adware can also play havoc with a system- it's not limited to 'virus.'
  5. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 560

    haha i have no patients so patient searching never reveals anything :p

    I must admit that people seem to jump in and say straight out you have a virus but its not its in fact malware but it does seem more common to look over the adware side as you see people just thinking its pop ups etc

    Also another question the log that these programs produced are they what the program has scanned of what the program has removed. I'm guessing its what its scanned and then you use the log to see if there is anything else there that its missed that another program would pick up is that right?

    Also do you know any good sites with a registry key database on them for searching for bad keys as some Ive come across don't seem to have a good enough list

    Thanks again
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Many of us were in the Virus/Worm>Trojan years. But as spyware and adware became more plentiful and also more disabling, some began to realize that there was more to system security that just an antivirus program.

    The first recorded use of the term "spyware" is said to have occurred on October 16, 1995.

    It wasn't until 2001 that Steve Gibson, founder of Gibson Research discovered that advertising software had been installed on his system. It appeared to him that the sole purpose was to steal personal information from him.

    The word 'malware' came the joining of the beginning of the word 'malicious' and the end of the word 'software' around 1998 when it was determined that a broader designation was needed. We now use the word malware to include any software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner's informed consent.

    As the coding in the malware became more sophisticated, so did the need for more specific cleaning programs. A simple antivirus program might tell a user that he had 'malware' but if it was spyware or adware, it wouldn't remove it. And malware is written in the same law of humans- survival of the fittest. Just like out human viruses become immune to certain drugs after a while, then mutate to survive, so do the computer viruses and malware. So a program that at one time might have removed it, now finds it cannot because it has 'changed', so new update are issued.

    A malware cleaning program such as Malwarebytes will not only find but will also remove malware if this is followed: "Be sure that everything is checked, and click 'Remove Selected." So the malware will show in the log, along with the words 'quarantined and deleted 'or 'delete on reboot' OR 'no action taken' depending on how the user ran the program.

    The best way to understand the various programs is first to read information about what they do and instructions, then run them yourself.

    I can't help you with the Registry keys. That is one area I prefer to stay out of when possible.
  7. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 560

    Well thanks for that,
    I think you are the first person ever to make histroy not only about useful things but actually make it interesting so well done :p

    Thanks again great help, and it was great

    PS is thwere anything else useful to learn when dealing with viruses and security?
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