Are virusscanners really this bad? shocking results

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  1. Phil

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    Recently I was downloading a file from a nontrusted website. The file is infected with some virusses and trojans. No problem I thought, I have good security installed. Not so. When starting up the .exe file the virusscanners notice the infected file, they can not stop the system being infected.

    I tested:
    Antivir Personal Edition
    Avast Home Edition
    NOD32
    Spybot Search & Destroy
    Trend Micro Housecall Online (HouseCall did not find any potential threats on your computer.)
    McAfee VirusScan Plus 2007
    Norton Internet Security
    AVG Free
    Spyware terminator
    Spybot Search & Destroy

    Even though they noticed the threat, they all failed to stop the infection.

    For anyone who wants to try this infected .exe file send me a PM.

    What did protect me was: setting my account to limited rights user account instead of normal admin account (credits to swarmer). This setting survived the attack of the infected file.

    I also tested Kaspersky Antivirus. Of all the programs I've put to the test, Kaspersky performed best. It effectively blocked 7 out of 8 attacks.
    the one that got trhough did not seem to do much harm.
     
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    Update:

    Tested with AVG Free + Spyware terminator. Result: infection.
     
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    so how did u recover?

    cheers ...
     
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    I made an image of a clean install with Acronis True Image. Recovery takes about 15 minutes. Great application!
     
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    have u tested this on a mac also? is it really safer?

    cheers ...
     
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    so recover = re.install
    ok, time to dig out my old comp and use this opportunity for a clean install :D

    cheers ...
     
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    no. i did not reinstall.

    I just put back an image file. If you know what i mean.

    I have an image on external harddrive, that i put back on my C: partition.
     
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    gotcha - thx

    cheers ...
     
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    LIVEFRMNYC Blah Blah Blah!!!

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    I might try this on a VMware.
     
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    Padmé NBR Super Pink Princess

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    You just a little crazy, huh? :eek: :p :D
     
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