Malware fun with Antivirus 2009

So have I mentioned lately how much I prefer OS X to Windows? If it wasn’t for Outlook and a few other essential Windows apps, I probably wouldn’t miss it at all.

Recently, while cleaning up a client’s PC, I came across something I hadn’t seen before. In the end the malware was very easy to remove, but what intrigued me was the behavior exhibited by the infected machine. I had been informed that the ‘virus’ was causing the computer to spontaneously reboot several times throughout the day, rendering the computer more or less useless. While remote controlling the to determine if I had to make the 80 mile drive, I witnessed the “reboot” first hand. First the computer exhibited a variation of the infamous BSOD (Blue Screen of Death for all you Windows newbies); then the system “rebooted.” Of course, I should have lost my connection when the machine restarted, so I thought there must be something amiss. The malware was simulating system crashes and restarts, while displaying a modified version of the Windows XP startup splash screen. The blue progress bar moved left to right and then back again like a Cylon Centurion, instead of the typical left to right pattern.

Imagine life without malware. Just another reason to love the Mac.

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