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I am sick of things like savenow,
lycos sidesearch, ads180 etc. These
advertisers bundle their ad-software
with free games or apps. Then kids
download and install the games, but
they don't realise they are also
installing advert software.
these programs cause additional
bandwidth. they are also very difficult
to uninstall. I find them to be
dispicable forms of advertising.
So why not make a virus that is nice,
and removes these from a system,
without the user ever knowing? the
user doesn't know they're installing
the ads, they won't be bothered by
the people who will carelessly
download anything are exactly the
type to propagate this virus.
the virus could also update itself
thanks to a team of authors who are
constantly vigilant, ever mindful of
the advertiser's intrusions.
to put it simply, this is a virus that
strengthens the immune system of
the computer illiterate. Those who
know what they are doing and don't
want this virus in their system can
make some minor setting that would
be incorporated into the system
software: "disable helpful viruses."
Microsoft won't willingly make your
computer immune to advertisers, so
we have to do what's right!
Road to hell still paved with good intentions. [ConsultingDetective, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
||Widely known to exist. The Welchia worm was written specifically to exploit the DCOM security hole exploited by Blaster, look for other machines to infect, then download and run the security patch, thereby "fixing" the problem.
Problem was, tens of thousands of infected computers tried download the patch simultaneously, many of them over dial-up connections, thereby wreaking havoc.
||oh, wow. great link, thanks! so it
was a virus that made it's host
immune to itself? cool. that's what
i'm talking about, mostly.
the overload on servers could be
avoided, through a scheduling
algorithm, and who cares if
savenow servers crash?
but you're right, good-intention