Why do they do it
Once upon a time ago, I got tired of the spyware/whatever that was globbing up the machine we used as a bridge to our internet connection. My wife used that machine, so did the kids. So, I got a really cheap machine just to do this one thing, and it had to run windows (requirement of the satellite stuff we use for broadband).
Everything was going good for about a year, then symantec tells me I have “Backdoor.Mosuck” (thank you very much). Symantec cannot get rid of it (it is running). Funny thing is – this is a clean machine, nothing going on, no extra services – firewalled. No idea how it got there (everyone promises “no I did nothing on that machine” :)
So, shutdown, boot in safe mode, move the file that is the root cause, go to clean it out with symantec. But – wait. Not allowed to use taskmgr. Not allowed to use regedit. Many things cut off by “the administrator” (hey, I thought that was, well, me and I didn’t do that).
So, google around, figure out how to get back into my own machine – which is now pretty wacked out.
So, only a couple of hours lost time. No internet bridge. Much scratching of head.
I just wonder what people that don’t work with computers do sometimes. Really. And I totally don’t get the virus writing mentality.