Panda Security Receives Complain of Speaking Computer Viruses
According to Panda Security, people have been calling its engineers reporting that they are experiencing some new forms of virus infection on their computers. The malicious virus code speaks to them in an enigmatic way.
The firm revealed that one end-user complained that his computer was infected with a virus that hurled repeated insults like 'you fool' that could be heard through the system's speakers. Furthermore, others reported that their PCs were producing unusual sounds, with one person saying that he heard a noise that sounded like 'taking a foot out of jelly'.
There were other more impolite noises, according to another complainant. He said that for sometime, he has been unsuccessful in getting his ActiveScan Pro to work. Whenever he enters his user ID and password, the only reply he get is a 'fart' noise. The complainants further mentioned that despite scanning their computers several times with antivirus software, the mysterious virus escaped detection although it continus to be there.
Although these are the strange reports that came to the Panda engineers, the firm warned that several surfers failed to identify security threats and relied excessively on antivirus solutions.
Commenting on the issue, Dominic Hoskins, Country Manager of Panda Security (UK), said that there is a risk of computer users becoming too weak in their capability to detect potential malware, as reported by Webuser on January 14, 2009. Hoskins added that the users depend too much on security programs while they hardly get any support from their Internet security vendors.
The security specialists said that the technical support team of Panda Security has been receiving problems of 'talking' viruses for some time now. A number of them are not directly related to computer viruses, but to perplexed users. However, this shows once again that antivirus manufacturers must continue to strive for increasing the knowledge of users regarding malware effects and computer security.
The specialists also noted that programming PC viruses basically must be quite a mundane job; therefore, some programmers have thought of inserting some fun into their toil.
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