Where do viruses come from?

By strategic · 67 replies
Aug 18, 2009
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  1. Am I right in thinking that viruses/malware, etc. all originate from the companies that make the software to fix it?
  2. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    I doubt all do , I'm sure people with major resentments do as well
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Well, the famous "Melissa" virus was written by a 17 year old, in Singapore. If not Singapore, some other sleazy south east Asian slum.

    It does give one pause to wonder whether some software companies who are having their product cracked and stolen, might have cause to add an extra little "surprise", for someone's downloading pleasure.
  4. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    well that wouldn't be very {excuse the pun} "pc" now would it .
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    "Singapore is the only world city without slums" according to the U.N. Habitat.

    I'm not saying it's a great place to live, but slum probably isn't the right term for Singapore, no?
  6. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    u.s. is #45 on life expectancy , christ , any kind of health care reform is probably good
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    I don't quite think that is the cause actually. I'm sure the amount of drunk driving, drugs and other incidents that healthcare reform will not help are probably higher too o.o.

    And virus's come from techspot, then spread from website to website through techspot users!
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Perhaps I was thinking of Shanghai.

    As to life expectancy, in comparison with the US, we commit suicide by fast food, you surely can't laud Singapore for our foibles.

    Anyway, I googled the "Melissa" virus, and as it turns out, David L. Smith from New Jersey wrote it. Well, I fumbled the ball on that one, but don't even try to tell me that New Jersey has happy people and no slums. I know that's wrong.
  9. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    About 30% of Americans are bordering on morbidly obese. Do you think that contributes to a long life! Not likely! Basically we have 75 million lard a**ed people living in denial, and no, health care reform won't cure that.
    This is an extraordinary case of WTF are you talking about?
  11. xlabitor

    xlabitor TS Rookie

    if it trys to high jack get highjack this and spybot search and destroy its usally what i see most people do
  12. xlabitor

    xlabitor TS Rookie

    also if you have to reboot your entire computer buy a USB flash drive to save important files
  13. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    OK Twister1, I don't mind being quoted. I don't even mind being called wrong by somebody without a clear thought process, or the ability to successfully extract an abstract concept, however imperfectly, from the post of the person you're trying unsuccessfully to quote. But, I do mind having to separate the quote from your reply.

    So, I you don't mind please place this >>>> " [/QUOTE]" <<< behind the OP's paragraph, and not after what you've written. Oh, that's without the quotation marks.

    Thanks in advance for you attention to this matter.

    And BTW, obese people get plenty of health care, they are lavished with it, and that's why we need health care reform, and preventative medicine options, we simply can't afford the amount of health care expenditures that they generate. In words that you could understand, we can't afford to fix them. Then tack on smokers, do ya think they run up the bills also?
  15. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Cynic Cat's Comments

    Origin of viri
    In addition to the sources already mentioned, I add the belief of incompetent users that some mysterious external force is to blame for their mistakes at the keyboard.

    Health in America
    Many of us prejudiced Europeans are under the impression that in America you lose your health in the effort to gain wealth and then lose your wealth trying to regain your heath.
  16. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,020

    Ooooooooh! You're joking right?
  17. kritius

    kritius TS Guru Posts: 2,084

    Viruses not viri.
  18. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    The word "virus” is of Latin origin, meaning poison. It is certainly correct when writing in English to use the plural “viruses” and this is indeed now the accepted form. But purists also use the etymologically derived plural “viri”, in analogy to “fungus – fungi”, “terminus – termini” and “dominus – domini”.

    Some people even say “virii” trying to be super-purists, but that’s wrong in any case or language.

    This reminds me to go and water my cacti. :)
  19. kritius

    kritius TS Guru Posts: 2,084

    When referring to Malware it's most definitely viruses.
  20. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    VIRI, (plural of virus), are programs either written by outright criminals, or government agents in cyber-warfare operations.
  21. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    And Now, For the "Rez-erection" of Latin.....

    Are those the same people that swear that they heard Steve Jobs speaking to them from the middle of a burning bush? Or perhaps it was Bill Gates.
    Many Americans have the tendency to believe that being God damned fat, makes you God damned important. Plus we're a religious bunch, we're always sitting around waiting for the second coming, of the feedbag that is. Doesn't this seem like an opportunity for a patent and a thriving business; invent potato chip bags with eyelets at the mouth, so that you could just rip the bag open, and strap it to your face!

    Being from "South Europe", shouldn't you be "Lynx Lynx", the cat so ferocious they had to name it twice?

    Anyway, I sort of subscribe to my own custom of calling all Lynx species "bobcats", since the bobcat gets it's common name because of the "bobbed" tail. All Lynx species have short tails, hence they are all "bobcats", at least to my muddled application of Taxonomic reasoning. IE; "Lynx Canadensis" becomes the "Canadian Bobcat", Lynx Lynx the Asiatic (or European) Bobcat, and Lynx Pardinus (the Iberian Lynx) becomes the Spanish Bobcat, except of course for the actual Bobcat, which becomes Lynx Rufus.

    Moving on to "Vir >>"ii"<<, the "ii" ending is used in certain scientific names, and it's pronounced "ee, eye" (long "E", then long "I"! This also manifests itself in the words of certain traditional songs such as, "Old MacDonald's Farm", [sic] , "Old MacDonald had a farm, EE, Eye, EE, Eye, Oh", as it were. (Please note the long "O" sound).

    But I digress! Back to the topic in hand, since "fungus" is pronounced with a hard "G", why do many people pronounce "fungi" with a "J". This has bothered me deeply for years.

    To whom it may concern, no computer viri were produced, nor was any computer harmed in the making of this post.

    Now, as to who I may have pissed off, oops sorry. :rolleyes: :haha: :wave:
  23. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    yes , well , as a matter of fact Steve Jobs is a personal friend of mine and indeed he does frequent many a burning bush , with continueing price hikes on heating , it seems a sane choice for maintaining a high living standard which contributes to his life expectancy, if such a choice were adopted across the u.s. there is no doubt the u.s would rank higher than #45 , loby your senator today and the burning of bushes could become mandatory tomorrow.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    You should watch more porn, you would quickly learn that there are no more bushes to burn. And to make matters worse, Penicillin no longer extinguishes the flames.

    And yes, this is on the topic, (sort of), of "where do viruses come from". Since viruses seem to accompany free downloads of Russian porn. Well, even paid downloads for that matter.
  25. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

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