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Windows 7: How did your machine get infected

31 Oct 2009   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium x32 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi all
I keep reading in this section of people with zillions of problems of Malware, trojans, viruses etc.

In my experience, and I've been using computers for a long long time I've rarely come across ANYBODY whose ever had a problem on a HOME computer (note not a WORK one) and the ones that have had problems is because they have downloaded some music or films from those "mustn't say where sites".

So I'd like to ask people who seem to regularly get their machines infected - please state how your machine got infected and if possible the site address or at least a description of the site (no direct links please to warez / torrents).

These bad link and download descriptions would do the community a huge service.

I still feel the problem is more perceived than real.

Hi jimbo,

It is not so easy to explain.

You see... recent studies have reported that about 48% from infected websites are dirty sites that feature adult content. More about it: Norton Safe Web, from Symantec - Dirtiest websites of Summer 2009

But there are also trusted websites - infected by hackers - it is very popular because you can get infection when you are sure that nothing bad happen to you at this moment because you surf on your trusted site with news or whatever. This is very dangerous because you don't have to download anything or open! - to get infection you have to only enter on that (infected) website - et voila - you are infected. This type of attacks is called "drive-by download" anti-virus rants: what is a drive-by download?
Drive-by Downloads: How much of a Threat Are They? - Wilders Security Forums

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