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Post by rzgrz on Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:38 pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/5079902/Conficker-virus-one-day-to-go.html

this just in it's said to happen so what do you think? and i think i should search the internet for the people who created this virus.... so could get the $250000 reward.
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Post by Untamed Reign on Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:05 pm

That sucks! I'm gonna be pissed if my comp. gets infected.

Lol, they make it sound like it's an actual organic virus. Using terms like strain and whatnot.

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Post by KrAzY on Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:11 pm

you do realize this is an April fools joke?



if you have anti virus software installed you should be fine... even if it is real
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Post by thane321 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:15 pm

rzgrz wrote:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/5079902/Conficker-virus-one-day-to-go.html

this just in it's said to happen so what do you think? and i think i should search the internet for the people who created this virus.... so could get the $250000 reward.
cause noone's tried that yet...

but i've never heard of it....
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Post by BBJynne on Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:15 pm

KrAzY wrote:you do realize this is an April fools joke?

but that's tomorrow...

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Post by KrAzY on Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:17 pm

the "virus" is supposed to activate tomorrow



if it was real there would have been more than a 24 hour notice Razz
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Post by BBJynne on Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:19 pm

I see.

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Post by Untamed Reign on Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:21 pm

KrAzY wrote:the "virus" is supposed to activate tomorrow



if it was real there would have been more than a 24 hour notice Razz

Very True.

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Post by Toaster on Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:29 pm

KrAzY wrote:the "virus" is supposed to activate tomorrow



if it was real there would have been more than a 24 hour notice Razz

The Virus is real.

I don't know about the whole April 1st thing.
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Post by Cheese on Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:30 pm

I'm sure I'd heard about it somewhere a few months ago. It probably only gained infamy now that it's close

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Post by PiEdude on Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:10 pm

I heard about this.

I'm turning off my computer tonight, just to be safe.
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Post by Untamed Reign on Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:13 pm

PiEman wrote:I heard about this.

I'm turning off my computer tonight, just to be safe.

If it is real though they could activate it whenever they want. . . like April 2nd or even a month from now if the creators so choose.

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Post by rzgrz on Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:29 pm

but since they haven't caught the creators authorities think it will happen the 1st. it's been around waiting to do something for so long... microsoft is already getting ready for it.... i think it's a Mac user whoes trying to destroy Microsoft and this is (i say) the best way... how many people would switch to mac because mac cant be touched by it?
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Post by CivBase on Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:56 pm

I could care less about a virus.

If it's real, too bad for me. But, like KrAzY said, it's probably an April fools joke. Come on, what are the odds that a major virus is said to be created on April first, but whose creators are unknown? Not to mention, the implications necessary, and the probability that, with such a scale and level of tech available, the creators would eventually be caught and punished; and if the creators knew this, as it's very unlikely that they wouldn't, why would they do it? They obviously stand nothing to gain.

It's just a joke. If not, oh well, I need a new HD anyway.

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Post by Toaster on Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:05 pm

CivBase wrote:I could care less about a virus.

If it's real, too bad for me. But, like KrAzY said, it's probably an April fools joke. Come on, what are the odds that a major virus is said to be created on April first, but whose creators are unknown? Not to mention, the implications necessary, and the probability that, with such a scale and level of tech available, the creators would eventually be caught and punished; and if the creators knew this, as it's very unlikely that they wouldn't, why would they do it? They obviously stand nothing to gain.

It's just a joke. If not, oh well, I need a new HD anyway.

The virus wasn't created on April First. The virus itself has been spreading for a long time. Researchers of the Virus have found that it has some sort of kill switch within its code. The virus has been sitting around for some time, but it will be ACTIVATED tomorrow. That's the idea.

A similar virus occurred in the early days of the web. It spread for weeks, embedding itself on a massive number of computer. Finally, all at once, the viruses activated, and computers across the world crashed simultaneously.

While there is a lot to lose in their situation, I understand why they're doing it. If not to gain personal information (bank accounts ect.) about people, they could just want fame. Think of what it would be like to know that you created one of the most destructive viruses of all time, and crashed millions of computers. I know I'd be proud.
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Post by CivBase on Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:19 pm

Created, activated, whatever.

I too would be proud... but would the gained pride among the Internets (and only the Internets) be enough to overpower the fear and punishment?

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Post by Cheese on Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:20 pm

You'd be proud of pissing off pretty much thousands of people? Razz

Well it's April first here and I haven't noticed any.. *krg!! NNYWQHDUI!! Gggggggggarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...................*

It's cool. April fools, as it were.

Apparently you're infected if you can't open www.microsoft.com

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Post by dragoon9105 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:30 pm

Considering It wont be internet fame and more like internet hatred.. a huge fine from microsoft and quit possibly a long jail sentence i dont think its worth it.

I mean who lacks that much of a life or hates microsoft that much to decide to make a virus to crash only weak computers.. only to be either killed or mortally scared in prison
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Post by CivBase on Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:30 pm

www.microsoft.com? lmao, why would I need to? If I need a download I'll just use my dad's work computer, laptop, or - if all else fails - my schools computers to download anything I need to my flash drive.

I'm not worried.

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Post by dragoon9105 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:32 pm

Lol i have a laptop thats just gathering dust... if my computer crashes ill just use that.. and as stupid as it sounds my laptop runs much faster than my computer.
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Post by CivBase on Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:40 pm

Well, I've been told by a bit more reliable source that it's not a joke. I'm currently running an MSRT scan... guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens.

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Post by Cheese on Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:41 pm

CivBase wrote:www.microsoft.com? lmao, why would I need to? If I need a download I'll just use my dad's work computer, laptop, or - if all else fails - my schools computers to download anything I need to my flash drive.

I'm not worried.

That's not the worst what it does... that's just a way of telling whether you're infected. Can you open it?

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Post by dragoon9105 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:48 pm

It doesnt matter if you can open it or not.. sometimes symtoms dont show up on yoru computer (supposably)

Im probably going to run a MSRT scan later tonight
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Post by Untamed Reign on Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:08 pm

Whats an MRST scan? I might want to run one if it turns out not to be a joke.

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Post by Nocbl2 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:21 pm

I have a mac!
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