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Originally Posted by redsunx View Post

Antivirus virus in a sense would just be anti virus, no? Code vs malicious code?

There was a case of that happening once. It patched and force rebooted the computer, sealing the vulnerability and evicting the virus that got in through the same hole.
 
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post #12 of 34
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I read an article like a decade ago.... The article talked about thinking about software more as organisms that interact with one another. Viruses modifying one another was example. Another though experiment was what happens if someone created GOOD viruses? i.e. Force updates IE for users or an anti-virus virus?


I was actually thinking that when I read the title. Was hoping it meant along the lines of giving people a virus that would kill off the other virus therefore cleaning their computer.

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post #13 of 34
interesting... how could this work?
post #14 of 34
I thought this was known for awhile? Aren't there certain viruses that already do this?
post #15 of 34
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A virus within a virus...
Vinception?

Virusectomy?
Quote:
Originally Posted by redsunx View Post

Antivirus virus in a sense would just be anti virus, no? Code vs malicious code?

Wouldnt an anti-virus virus just destroy itself? thinking.gif
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post #16 of 34
virus squared. Done.
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post #17 of 34
All anti virus software is already like a virus to counter a virus; it soaks up lots of cpu and memory to protect your pc. somewhat ironic....
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post #18 of 34

Antivirus software does not self replicate or hide its signature or encrypt itself or infect other files so no, it's still not a virus.

post #19 of 34
And yet the worst virus ive ever encountered was Internet Explorer.
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I never understood what they ment when they said "were going to breed a new batch of virus's", but thanks to this article NOW I DO! biggrin.gif
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