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SWI True or False Quiz June 6, 2009

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Poll: Answers next week (18 member(s) have cast votes)

Infection in a Restore Point is dangerous even if you remember never to restore from that Restore Point.

  1. True (9 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

  2. False (9 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

There are only a few trustworthy anti-malware forums.

  1. True (10 votes [55.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 55.56%

  2. False (8 votes [44.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.44%

Posting a problem in several different anti-malware forums is a good way to get help as fast as possible.

  1. True (2 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  2. False (16 votes [88.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 88.89%

The main purpose of most malware is to harm your PC.

  1. True (3 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  2. False (15 votes [83.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 83.33%

Signing up for our Boot Camp entails a substantial obligation.

  1. True (15 votes [83.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 83.33%

  2. False (3 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%


#1 cnm


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Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:16 AM

Only registered members can vote. Detailed answers will be posted next week along with a new True or False Quiz.

Answers to last week's quiz

1. Rootkits are easy to remove.

False. All of you recognized that saying "Rootkits are easy to remove" is like saying "Cancer is easy to remove". Rootkits bury into the very bowels of Windows. The hardest part is to actually detect a rootkit. Once you can see the loading point, the rootkit may be removable. But often the only solution is to reformat, then reinstall Windows and change all passwords.

2. 'not-a-virus:FraudTool' is a virus.

False. 27% got this wrong. It is a backdoor dropper, or trojan. It's purpose is to install fraudulant antispyware. A virus, strictly speaking, attaches itself to an executable file and spreads when the infected file is copied to another machine or device. An infected thumb drive can wreak havoc! Good article about executable file extensions: http://antivirus.abo...fileextview.htm

3. Malware is the usual cause of program crashes.

False. 27% got this wrong. The usual cause is a program error. A complex program has many forks where some condition determines which fork is taken. It is impossible for even a first-rate developer to fully test all the possible alternate paths, so even programs that have run without error for years can generate a fatal error when an unexpected combination of factors occurs. Malware doesn't cause crashes unless the malware is badly written.

4. The name of the developer of HijackThis is Merlin.

False. 36% got this wrong. Our Developer Merijn wrote HijackThis, CWShredder, and many other programs. He eventually sold HijackThis to TrendMicro, and the HijackThis team from TrendMicro recently joined us as Developers. Lots of people spell Merijn's name wrong.

5. SWI Forums are kept free of spam and spammers get banned.

True. Everyone got this right. Only registered members can post in most of our forums. For guest spammers, we have a special forum which is accessible by guests but not visible to members - so the spam is all in one place and readily spotted by moderators. Spam by registered members is usually noticed within a few minutes; the spammer is banned and all their posts deleted.
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#2 Merijn


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Posted 06 June 2009 - 05:36 PM


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