Microsoft: One in 14 Downloads Is Malicious – Yahoo! News

Well, I’m glad that I use Linux…

The next time a website says to download new software to view a movie or fix a problem, think twice. There’s a pretty good chance that the program is malicious.

via Microsoft: One in 14 Downloads Is Malicious – Yahoo! News.

I don’t download many programs from random websites, as Ubuntu has a large repository of applications that are legit.  I do reccomend being careful on where you download applications from, only download from places that you trust.

For me it also helps that most viruses are made for Windows, and thus won’t work on Mac or Linux (though I have heard of a few Mac viruses recently too…)


Viruses, Virus Checkers, and Disk Corruption

… It’s been a while since I last posted here, isn’t it?

This has been one strange day. First I choose to install Ubuntu Linux on and old laptop laying around in the house, and while I’m installing some applications my mom calls me.

I go into the TV Room and see a ‘Virus Checker’ running on her computer, I immidatly recognize that as a Virus, it already had killed the copy of AVG on the computer, and the Windows Task Manager. I shut it down without letting it go through the shutdown procedure, hopefully to stop it from rooting itself in any deeper than it was, and booted it off of the same Ubuntu CD I had used in the old laptop. I copied all of the Documents to a portable Harddrive, and started a Virus Check through ClamAV

I go for a walk, and decide to install AVG For Linux on my Desktop to check the drive that I copied the documents to. During the install, the installer started showing a large number of errors, then my machine crashed. X_X

AVG had CORRUPTED the Partition that Ubuntu was installed in!

It took a fair amount of time and 4 reboots before I could get back to a usable desktop, My documents are fine, since I save them to a different partition, but all of this has caused this day to be … eventful.

Wow… Strange day.