Topic: Fun With Computer Viruses!
Well while cruising around the net, I came across a site that wanted to install a "proprietary" video player. Of course I got out of there as quickly as possible but it got me to thinking, what harm could it do? ;-)
Well I found a program called Reboot Restore RX http://www.horizondatasys.com/en/produc … 8#Features
From their page;
It’s a challenge to maintain public access PC's - at hotels, internet cafes, and libraries - where users are not always careful and usage is high. Reboot Restore Rx simplifies the management of PC's in shared computing environments...
Reboot Restore Rx is a non-restrictive hard drive restore product designed for public access PC management. The PC users feel as though they have complete control over the PC. But regardless of what they do, including erasing files, installing software or even hacking the system registry, Reboot Restore Rx will automatically restore the PC to a predefined baseline -- every time the workstation is restarted, or turned on. Making the workstations perfectly configured and available for the next user.
Well this is a freeware program for personal use, so is VMware Player. Put the two together and you have a nice playground to have fun and load whatever you want without worrying about the consequences! I loaded my copy of WinXP in the virtual machine without any virus protection and went fishing! Amazing what is out there when you engage in questionable practices without protection!
What a bunch of fun this is! No wonder peoples computers run awful. I am clicking every popup that comes my way, even ones that are "official" like Adobe HD flash player. I never knew how many popups there are if you are unprotected. I turned my internet security to nothing so I get everything.
THE BIG WARNING!
Even though I am running in a VM, I am getting occasional warnings from my virus protection that some files are writing to the local drive and not the VM drive. Thank goodness for good virus software. I guess I really should be doing this on my linux machine and not worry too much about infections.