Everyone likes Free – But at what price?

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Recently I collected a laptop from a customer, although I know them through business this was their own personal laptop and they told me they thought it had a virus. The symptoms they gave me sounded as if they confirmed the diagnosis but we take nothing for granted.

Once on the bench the hard drive was removed and copied before we started ran up the laptop to look at the reported problem.

As soon as we got into Windows I saw the problem, it practically jumped out of the screen at me, no – not the virus, a piece of software that was running in the system tray a Peer to Peer file sharing program.

Whilst there are legitimate pieces of software, documents  and even operating systems that are free for anyone and everyone to use, distributing these pieces of data was always a problem. Peer to Peer software meant that with multiple copies of the item to share all over the internet you could download the files piece by piece from multiple locations, once you have a copy you make it available for others to share from your computer, adding your system to the peer to peer network.

The Problem

The biggest problem of all lies not in sharing legitimate free software but in violating licence agreements and sharing DVD’s Music, Software and other information that should be purchased with a licence.

Now, just for a minute, imagine you are one of the millions of hackers out there, you see that a piece of popular software is available on a Peer to Peer network, the software normally sells for £200 or more and you decide to unlock it so that it doesn’t need a key and then add a virus to it. You make it available to the Peer to Peer network and it goes viral. Within 72 hours there are a 100,000 copies of it our there and every computer that it installs on has your virus on it.

 

Product Minimum order quantity Monthly Price
ESET Endpoint Antivirus 1 £2.16
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Mac OS X 1 £2.16
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Linux Desktop 1 £2.16
ESET Endpoint Security 1 £2.54
ESET Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange Server 1 £1.22
ESET Mail Security for Linux/BSD/Solaris 1 £1.22
ESET File Security for Microsoft Windows Server 1 £2.16
ESET Endpoint Security for Android 1 £1.72
ESET Endpoint Antivirus 1 £2.16
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Mac OS X 1 £2.16
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Linux Desktop 1 £2.16
ESET Endpoint Security 1 £2.54
ESET Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange Server 1 £1.22
ESET Mail Security for Linux/BSD/Solaris 1 £1.22
ESET File Security for Microsoft Windows Server 1 £2.16
ESET Endpoint Security for Android 1 £1.72

Solution

First of all don’t download illegal software or movies or music. If you need an alternative to an expensive program there are probably thousands of solutions out there. Next only ever use the very best Anti-Virus solutions, yes they will cost you money – but less than the bill for repairing the computer once you have been infected.

We strongly recommend ESET Anti-Virus and Cyber Security Solutions, they are incredibly efficient, cost effective solutions that have a very low overhead (they don’t hog your computing power) and yet they consistently beat the opposition.

For my client the solution was to scan the computer with a full range of products and resources, 24 hours later it was clean, but the cost was much more than the cost of one copy of ESET Anti-Virus software. How can I be confident that ESET would have prevented the problem? Simple, of all the resources I used to clean the computer ESET was by choice the last Ani-Virus I scanned it with, it found everything the others missed. The follow on diagnostic test showed the computer to be clean and once connected to my dummy network no malware traffic was detected.

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