Solved Discuss: Daily Computer Struggles

June 17, 2016 at 21:39:54
Specs: Windows 10, AMD A8
I would like to know what daily struggles the community has with their PCs/Macs. I feel like this would be a friendly way to rant about computers. I personally have to deal with a slow computer and laggy gameplay when playing computer games. I also have to deal with slow AT&T wifi...

What do you have to deal with?


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June 23, 2016 at 19:53:56
Here's another point:

Viruses are usually developed by isolated individuals with limited resources, but scanning software is developed by large groups and corporations with much greater human capital and resources.
Viruses usually have limited goals and don't support broad development efforts like the development of advanced AI.
If AI were developed in service of viruses, a thousand times more AI would be developed to keep that AI in check and defeat it, so they would not win that race.
The viruses, once released into the wild, are stuck with their programming. This gives the scanners time to decompile and study them, and come up with new counterattacks that were not anticipated by the virus writers.



#1
June 17, 2016 at 22:47:24
Viruses.
I play a lot of games with viruses.
I fool them in infecting a machine that doesn't even exist. I fool them to think they are the ones controlling the PC. I fool them, and I love it :)
I've also discovered viruses that antiviruses (particularly Avast) does not detect. I compare checksums, general codebase, study their infecting mechanisms, do stuff :D

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#2
June 18, 2016 at 06:38:04
"I personally have to deal with a slow computer and laggy gameplay when playing computer games"

You didn't post your system specs but my guess is you're trying to play games on a computer that's not quite up to the task. The Radeon HD 6550D graphics integrated in the A8 is fairly weak. Lowering the gaming resolution & the game settings should improve your framerates.

"Slowness" could be caused by a lot of things - too little RAM, too many apps loading at startup & running in the background, virus/malware infection, etc. What are you using for AV protection & when's the last time you ran a deep scan (not quick scan)? Do you regularly use a cleaner such as CCleaner-Slim?

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...

"I play a lot of games with viruses"

I suspect they are pirated games because retail game discs do not contain viruses.

"I've also discovered viruses that antiviruses (particularly Avast) does not detect"

Then maybe you should try an AV program that works?

http://www.bitdefender.com/solution...


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#3
June 18, 2016 at 07:36:53
well I do have webroot virus protection and I do scans on that regularly.

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#4
June 18, 2016 at 08:26:50
"well I do have webroot virus protection..."

Why Webroot over all the other possibilities? Did you actually pay for it? It's not even included in the sites that regularly test & evaluate AV protection - that should tell you something. I'm a big fan of BitDefender (free edition). The pay edition of BitDefender regularly ranks at or near the top of the charts...that also should tell you something. The free edition doesn't have all the bells & whistles, but its protection is solid.

http://anti-virus-software-review.t...

https://www.av-test.org/en/antiviru...

http://chart.av-comparatives.org/ch...

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-an...

Regularly using a cleaner & managing startup apps is extremely important from both a maintenance standpoint & for performance. I highly recommend installing CCleaner-Slim & using it daily. Here's a couple of guides:

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/ccleane...

http://www.piriform.com/docs/cclean...

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#5
June 18, 2016 at 10:23:33
Re #2
Rofl riider :D
Not computer games, I mean, literally, playing with viruses!!
Your seriousness made my day, haha :)
1st, I am against Piracy. Remember my PM to you, 7 months ago?
2nd, I appreciate your answers in the forums, but again, its not a thread seeking for a solution. You too, drop by anything that you always deal with in computers :)

Have a great day!


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#6
June 18, 2016 at 15:01:23
"I fool them in infecting a machine that doesn't even exist. I fool them to think they are the ones controlling the PC. I fool them, and I love it :)"

You talk as if viruses were sentient beings. They are just computer programs and can't think anything. You may find this fun, but the virus thinks absolutely nothing.

I'm surprised at the concept of daily computer struggles. Why use a computer if you find it a struggle? The only struggle I sometimes have is motivating myself to get on with my software project.


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#7
June 19, 2016 at 04:33:14
"You talk as if viruses were sentient beings. They are just computer programs and can't think anything."
You're merely mistaken, ijack.
Some viruses got AI, they are not just sentient beings but those are these pesky little creatures who feeds on our precious data and takes shelter in our own drives without our consent.
Have a look at this -
https://www.quora.com/Can-artificia...
I agree, heuristics, rootkit revealers, stuff, do exist. But again, the bad guys are always ahead of the good guys.
Check this too -
http://www.symantec.com/connect/for...
It merely focuses on polymorphs but again Symantec don't even know yet (maybe) that there are SOME of those "sentient beings" that has the acquired ability to bypass heuristics. More on it here -
http://packetstorm.foofus.com/paper...
In this level of expert programming, you can't just call it a program.
Okay just with the basics level, let's stick with Chess on computers for a minute. Ever thought about how the hell they could like predict our next moves (especially in harder modes) and gives moves prior to that consideration? Cause, its got intelligence!!
See, they're not just programs anymore!!
Have a look at these too -
https://www.christophertruncer.com/...
https://www.damballa.com/downloads/...
And this case post -
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.co...
Hope it clears your doubts.

Edit - Worth mentioning about two Pakistani PC geeks who made an almost virus-like utility to protect their stuff from piracy, and then became malicious, spreading it even to US and UK. Now from where did that 'intelligence' came from?!
http://mentalfloss.com/article/1246...

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#8
June 19, 2016 at 10:48:10
I can only suppose that you accept a lower level of "intelligence" than I do.

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#9
June 19, 2016 at 11:48:23
well this is just something I created for everyone to talk to the community about what problems they have with their computer. it wasn't created for solutions... but thanks for the suggestions!

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#10
June 20, 2016 at 01:03:04
Re #8
Intelligence, is intelligence. Yes, agreed, a computer virus cannot infect humans. But again, H1N1 cannot infect the whole System32. If the intelligence difference that you said about with reference to real and virtual "sentient beings", its all similar. They HAVE brains, intelligence, and there's nothing on the entire World Wide Web that's capable of making me disagree this fact. Have a great day :)

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Re #9
I should actually thank YOU for creating this discussion. A personal info - I shared this on my facebook timeline, and my friends are praising me for that answer in viruses.
Had a really great discussion.
THANKS!!! :D
You too have a great day :)

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#11
June 20, 2016 at 01:07:44
Allow me to get back to #6,
"I'm surprised at the concept of daily computer struggles. Why use a computer if you find it a struggle?"
Because my friend, it might be a struggle, maybe more than getting a girlfriend, but again, PCs never cheat on you when they get bored of you. This struggle, is not useless. Its a lifetime achievement of something virtually gorgeous. The struggles, that's what adds fun in life.
OP, what do you have to say? :)

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#12
June 22, 2016 at 19:37:33

Why, I ask, do you endow a virus with human thought processes? A virus like any computer programme can only do what it is programmed to do. Any variation or evasive action the virus/programme does is as a result of the programming sequence, certainly not as a result of its own "thinking". Without the computer behind it it is incapable of thought. If it is a robot or (with present thinking) a humanoid there must be a computer behind it to guide the "thought" processes.

jaysarma987 methinks you spend too much time in the games room and that's the virus that's got you.

Regards.


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#13
June 22, 2016 at 23:51:57
Re #12
For the answer, I'll provide the same link I did before :)
http://mentalfloss.com/article/1246...
The blog features two pakistani techie who created an almost-virus to save their works from piracy. The code they did in it wasn't malicious, but this pesky little creature went out of bounds.
Isn't that 'acquired intelligence'??

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#14
June 23, 2016 at 18:53:12
Isn't that 'acquired intelligence? You ask, no it isn't. The programme was merely being replicated and passed on as pirate users do.

With all due respect to you I believe you have completely misread and misunderstood the article you refer to. The opening paragraph says it all. The virus was known as Brain, the bug destroyed memory, slowed the hard drive, and hid a short copyright message in the boot sector. These are all computer symptoms not human. Further in the article it says Brain had to transmit itself the old-fashioned way—through human carriers toting around 5.25-inch floppy discs. This was because the brothers were selling bootleg virus infected copies of expensive programmes to US visitors and students and non-infected copies of the same programmes to Pakistani residents and students. When the foreign visitors attempted to copy their newly bought programme the Brain replicated itself to their computer. Pakistani buyers never suffered this fate.

It is interesting to note that the "Brain" was originally intended to prevent counterfeit copies being made of their programmes but they had no problem counterfeiting programmes such as Lotus 1-2-3.

Regards.

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#15
June 23, 2016 at 19:53:56
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Here's another point:

Viruses are usually developed by isolated individuals with limited resources, but scanning software is developed by large groups and corporations with much greater human capital and resources.
Viruses usually have limited goals and don't support broad development efforts like the development of advanced AI.
If AI were developed in service of viruses, a thousand times more AI would be developed to keep that AI in check and defeat it, so they would not win that race.
The viruses, once released into the wild, are stuck with their programming. This gives the scanners time to decompile and study them, and come up with new counterattacks that were not anticipated by the virus writers.


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#16
June 24, 2016 at 03:27:56
Well said, Ewen. I marked your answer as the best one :)

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#17
June 25, 2016 at 17:45:12
Thank you 'Jay this has been a good thread.

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#18
June 26, 2016 at 08:19:29
Yes, it is :) Thanks to the OP :) and everyone else who took their time to put a reply here :)
You learn when you discuss, that's what I believe :)

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#19
February 17, 2017 at 04:29:43
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#20
February 18, 2017 at 15:37:19
"McCafee plus 2017 edition is good or you can have latest version of Avast"

I wouldn't run either one of them. BitDefender Free is the way to go.

https://www.bitdefender.com/solutio...

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,281...


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