View Full Version : What is the worst virus you have encountered in ANY computer, ANY vintage.

June 29th, 2014, 04:44 PM
To date, I have encountered FBI Cybercrime twice, and the makings of Cryptolocker once, thankfully that was gotten rid of before it could do damage.

June 29th, 2014, 04:51 PM
I've thankfully had my antivirus catch most of what's been thrown my way.

One time, when I was still running Win98, I got some shenanigans that managed to tilt all the standard Windows icons before it got caught. That was kinda weird.

June 29th, 2014, 05:10 PM
Hong Kong flu. Terrible stuff.

Agent Orange
June 29th, 2014, 06:17 PM
Hong Kong flu. Terrible stuff.

If you remember that, you're no kid. ;)

Ole Juul
June 29th, 2014, 07:11 PM
The worst I had was the Stoned, and once or twice Michaellangelo virus. The kids would keep bringing it back from school. In those days kids would bring games to school on a floppy and an infection was guaranteed.

I haven't had anything since. Perhaps I'm lucky. Perhaps I'm ignorant. Possibly both. ;)

July 1st, 2014, 07:32 AM
I had a worm many years ago that embedded itself in my NO$GMB emulator. Didn't do anything serious. Just made the machine shutdown when you logged in.

July 1st, 2014, 08:47 AM
I haven't had any devastating viruses yet. But within the last 2 months I've received a barrage of them in my email.

I received several like this:


Your parcel has arrived at June 8th, 2014. Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you.

Print your label and show it in the nearest post office to get a parcel.

Print Shipping Label.

As soon as you click on print label, it launches a virus.

Then I start getting ones saying "Thank you for your purchase." Indicates a receipt is attached.
Open the e:mail and it shows a purchase with a credit card I don't have and an attachment to the e:mail.
The attachment is obviously a virus.

July 1st, 2014, 08:56 AM
The worst I had was the StonedI still have disks infected with that.

July 1st, 2014, 09:05 AM
I have disks with Stoned, Musicbug, Form and 1575 on them. Better yet, I have images of them. :-)

July 1st, 2014, 09:12 AM
I haven't had any devastating viruses yet. But within the last 2 months I've received a barrage of them in my email. .

I noticed a similar uptick--but only on one email account; it's the one I use for eBay access. I wonder if the eBay security breach was as benign as the good PR folks at eBay would have us believe...

July 1st, 2014, 09:16 AM
I have run across a few boot sector viruses back in the day. I recall back in 1993 a computer teacher claimed that a disk of mine somehow got the Monkey virus and "cleaned" it with Mcafee AV, which killed the disk in the process. To this day I think it was a false positive, none of my other disks or my home machine was infected. Damn you John Mcafee!

Another boot sector virus I came across in 2003 (!) was the NYB virus. A customer's machine was somehow infected with it, which gave Windows 98SE fits. What tipped me off was the disk I/O was running in MS-DOS compatibility mode. One of the former tech support people must have had it on a disk and it somehow survived into the 2000s!

By far the worst "infection" I encountered recently was that stupid Cryptolocker ransomware. A customer lost some data from it that was thankfully mostly backed up.

July 1st, 2014, 09:47 AM
The Thunderbyte (Anti?!)Virus :p

After each user installed a Windows 95 scanner driver with a USB update, this would happen:


Notice the default action. Guess what happens next..

July 1st, 2014, 10:24 AM
I had nVIR on my dad's mac. Its still there actually...

July 1st, 2014, 10:32 AM
On this subject, does anyone know of a pro-active virus detector?. In other words, one that says, "this program is doing something strange and it's not on the list of viruses that I know about.' Most anti-virus programs are just pattern-matchers, which is why the people at Symantec/Norton are saying that they're poised to exit the business.

Right now, it's just plain impossible to anticipate viruses. Someone first has to contract it, an appropriate action taken, then the database and fix have to be distributed. By then, the virus could have infected a billion systems.

In the bad old days, it was pretty simple job to check for boot-sector viruses, but that was long before the distributed-by-i nternet trend started and viruses got more sophisticated.

July 1st, 2014, 11:02 AM
There are several heuristic plus whitelist programs geared to the enterprise security market. Block all non-authorized software and keep any software that runs from delving into places it shouldn't. The problem with some of these is that any update to software would prevent the software from being used until the whitelist is updated. Might actually be more useful for the vintage software market; all the software is known to be safe for 20 years and modified files can be easily detected.

See http://www.arellia.com/ and http://www.savantprotection.com/ for examples.

July 1st, 2014, 11:08 AM
I recall that Cisco Security Agent could monitor for things like programs making suspicious DLL calls.

July 1st, 2014, 12:24 PM
I used to have a virus checking program that happily reported Microsoft Windows as a virus.

July 1st, 2014, 01:28 PM
Well, when Microsoft introduced the free antivirus in MS-DOS 6.0, it happily reported that any program compressed with the DIET compression utility was a virus...

July 2nd, 2014, 10:20 PM
LOL, some would call Windows a virus

I used to have a virus checking program that happily reported Microsoft Windows as a virus.

As for programs that are proactive about it?

Malwarebytes collection of tools is pretty good at being proactive, the premium version anyhow is, also Webroot's line is really good at it I've noticed. Stay away from Norton and McAfee nowadays, as they let the most nasty of nasties through. Quite nasty.