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SWI True or False Quiz June 21, 2009

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Poll: Answers next week (17 member(s) have cast votes)

1. It's a very good idea to keep the old Java versions on your computer.

  1. True (1 votes [5.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.88%

  2. False (16 votes [94.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 94.12%

2. It is a best to run ComboFix only if you are getting help from a trained person.

  1. True (16 votes [94.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 94.12%

  2. False (1 votes [5.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.88%

3. You should defragment your hard disk at least once a week

  1. True (7 votes [41.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.18%

  2. False (10 votes [58.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.82%

4. There are lots of sites that legally allow free downloads of copyrighted music.

  1. True (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. False (17 votes [100.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 100.00%

5. All SpywareInfo Forum staff members are volunteers.

  1. True (17 votes [100.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 100.00%

  2. False (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%


#1 cnm


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 02:14 PM

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

Answers to June 6 quiz. Sorry, we're late because the forum was down last weekend.

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

False. 53% got this wrong (although it is perhaps open to debate). Malware within an unused Restore Point can't do anything. And it can be better to have an infected Restore Point than none at all, if an emergency arises. But if you can immediately make a new clean Restore Point, then it is sensible to clear the old ones. On XP, do Control Panel->System->System Restore, and check 'Turn off System Restore on all drives'. Reboot, turn it back on, and make a new Restore Point.

2. There are only a few trustworthy anti-malware forums.

False. 59% got this wrong. Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals lists around 40 forums that all provide excellent free help.

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

False. 12% got this wrong. Posting in multiple places leads to dilution of scarce helper resources and doesn't get you help any faster. If we see that a problem has been posted elsewhere we ask that you choose where you want help.

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

False. 18% got this wrong. With very few exceptions, the purpose of malware is to steal personal information such as passwords or possibly to use your PC as a bot launching platform.

5. Signing up for our Boot Camp entails a substantial obligation.

False. 88% got this wrong! There is no obligation at all, except to log in occasionally. While we prefer that all Trainees complete the training and help others, many never actually undertake the training. They are still welcome to browse and read our resources or ask questions if they are serious about learning to fight malware. Of course, if they do decide to start training, then we like them to stick with it, graduate, and provide some help in our forums. Unfortunately, many drop out when they find that the training is neither fast nor easy.
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