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Posted 1/30/16
Also don't download programs and whatnot from untrusted unknown sources. Chances are it's filled with viruses.
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Don't "chmod +x" any files you're not sure aren't viruses.

If you do, don't run them as root or using superuser privileges.

Do that, and you will not get viruses, simple as that.
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Posted 1/30/16 , edited 1/30/16
edit: virus for linux is so incredibly rare, that you'll have to be extremely, extremely unlucky to get one from normal web usage.
besides, someone using linux is probably knowledgeable enough to avoid suspicious sites / suspicious packages.


nanikore2 wrote:
at first I thought this thread is about not getting sick with cold or flu

same lol... especially since it's winter and all...


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import math
math.abs(suicide)

/tmp/.../:reply.yes:(0x10674565): undefined reference for 'suicide'
final link failed: Invalid operation abs(null): ld returned 1 exit status

#1 and 2 = common sense
#3 and 4 = questionable at best
#5 gives more headache than actually helps

also, spending $500+ for something as trivial as infection is itself a major scam.
you could buy an antivirus for a tiny fraction of the cost and clean her computer.
even a free version could probably do the job as well.
and how/why would they charge 500 bucks..? did you get it fixed on bestbuy's geeksquad or something..?
at that price, you're better off just buying a new computer.

how to not get infected:
#1 common sense: do not open suspicious-looking mails, have an active and updated antivirus, avoid suspicious sites
having NoScript and possibly a sandbox software probably helps...a lot.
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namealreadytaken wrote:

also, spending $500+ for something as trivial as infection is itself a major scam.
you could buy an antivirus for a tiny fraction of the cost and clean her computer.
even a free version could probably do the job as well.
and how/why would they charge 500 bucks..? did you get it fixed on bestbuy's geeksquad or something..?
at that price, you're better off just buying a new computer.


yeah, computers are practically disposable nowadays... saw a refurb mini-itx desktop for like $200 the other day, heck it's as cheap as tablets
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namealreadytaken wrote:

edit: virus for linux is so incredibly rare, that you'll have to be extremely, extremely unlucky to get one from normal web usage.
besides, someone using linux is probably knowledgeable enough to avoid suspicious sites / suspicious packages.


Fun fact, I've had my parents using Xubuntu for about 5 years on oldish computers. They're idiots when it comes to technology, but they ain't ever had a problem.

The days of having to be knowledgeable to use Linux are long gone. YOu just have to be knowledgeable to get it installed. (And even then, the GUI installers for most distributions are very user-friendly.)

The only reason it's so rare is because computers come pre-installed (almost always) with Windows, and your average user will just use what's given to them, to make things simple.

The exact same thing happened with my parents. They used Linux, because it's what I gave to them.
Posted 1/30/16
Quarantine the world away from yourself. Live in a completely sterilized environment.
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namealreadytaken wrote:



also, spending $500+ for something as trivial as infection is itself a major scam.
you could buy an antivirus for a tiny fraction of the cost and clean her computer.
even a free version could probably do the job as well.
and how/why would they charge 500 bucks..? did you get it fixed on bestbuy's geeksquad or something..?
at that price, you're better off just buying a new computer.

how to not get infected:
#1 common sense: do not open suspicious-looking mails, have an active and updated antivirus, avoid suspicious sites
having NoScript and possibly a sandbox software probably helps...a lot.


Well, let's just say there was more than one virus, more like 60 viruses, back then it didn't occur to me that I could simply buy a new computer and toss the old one. Lol, 500 bucks would actually get you a decent gaming pc XD.
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Posted 1/30/16 , edited 1/30/16
You can get virus protection software for free, though it will be limited. Add malwarebytes and some common sense and you don't need to spend any money. Maybe adblock too if you're dumb enough to click on certain things.

Viola. Watch all the porn you want.

If you're spending money for protection or removal services, you're doing it wrong.

Worst case scenario just ddos warn the person/site that gives you one.
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Posted 1/30/16
Been torrenting games for like this whole year and Avast has protected my shit. Get avast guys
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Posted 1/30/16
buy a mac
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Posted 1/30/16 , edited 1/30/16

dotsforlife wrote:
If you're spending money for protection or removal services, you're doing it wrong.
Worst case scenario just ddos warn the person/site that gives you one.


The ones with the best protection and features do tend to cost money. The leaders are Bitdefender, Eset, and Fsecure in no particular order from what I last remember. Bitdefender has a free version now but it forces auto-pilot so if you have a tool that could be considered malicious it will remove it (for most users probably not an issue, for me in info sec it is).


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buy a mac


kek.
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Posted 1/30/16
Defense against viruses.

1) Wash your hands.
2) Cover your mouth when sneezing.
3) Wash your hands.
4) Watch for spiders.
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Posted 1/30/16
Step #1: Install Linux
Step #2: profit.
Step #3 laugh at all the windows users and charge them for virus removal.
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Posted 1/30/16 , edited 1/30/16
The last time I had a virus scare was probably 2004.

Seriously, if you just apply common sense on what you download and what you install that's pretty huge. And also just protect yourself on the browser level and you'll be pretty much invincible. Noscript and adblock have served me well over the years. It's probably been 10 years since I've even had a virus detection pop up.
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Posted 1/30/16

sarteck wrote:

Don't "chmod +x" any files you're not sure aren't viruses.

If you do, don't run them as root or using superuser privileges.

Do that, and you will not get viruses, simple as that.

chmod 777 -R *
sudo ./*
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