Why do People Create Viruses and other Malware???

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I Why do these "people" write viruses, trojans and other maleware? I've heard everything from because they can to they have too much time on their hands. I have even heard conspiracy theories that say the AV companies like McAfee and Symantec pay people to write viruses to keep the business moving. While I do not believe this it does merit some questioning. Viruses, trojans and other malware are pretty much an industry unto themselves.

What do they get from it????

Do they have a way to make money by writing viruses?

Do they just like to stick it in the face of Bill Gates??

I don't know.

I do know several ways to help prevent getting any of these nasties.

  1. Never open an email with an attachment unless you know the sender and are expecting them to send you a file.
  2. Never click on those pop ups that say you have 50,000 viruses and click here to clean them. These are almost always a virus that really digs in when you click on them.
  3. Lock down your computer. Do not log in as an admin and use a lower level user for day to day stuff. Log in as admin to do updates and installs but log back out as soon as you are done. Linux and Unix have been set up this way since the beginning of time and have no need for anti virus software.
  4. Use common sense. Virus creators will continue to evolve so must you.

I am very interested in your input on this so feel free to comment, vent or what ever. Enjoy

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