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June 1st, 2009, 19:55
Well, my Frankenstein test pc is up and running. As I was talking about in another thread, I acquired an older p4 and have cloned a perfect windows xp installation on another partition, so that I can take it back to that state at will.

The purpose of this computer is to test out software, mess w/ different windows utilities and such, and take on virus and spyware challenges. The first test yesterday was a trial run of sorts, testing this hdclone program's effectiveness and seeing if the partition replacement plan would work. It was a success, went off without a hitch. So for the maiden voyage I went around the net and put on as many toolbars as I could find. In about 20 mins, the toolbars in IE were almost down to the bottom of the browser, it was hilarious! Even funnier was that they were all freaking out over each other, everytime I'd install one I'd get ten frantic notifications coming out of everywhere that another was wanting to set my homepage, default search, etx etx.

I was trying to get a quick screenshot of it for posterity but then i suddenly started being attacked left and right by all kinds of crazy system errors, it was like a major toolbar war was going on behind the scenes. If one couldnt have me, nobody could - IE wouldnt load at all, then the system started locking up tight. So, i reboooted and ran HDClone, and redid the partition.

so basically, im putting out a call for confirmed virus and spyware sources. If you get one and know where you got it, or you have bits and pieces of one in quarantine that you want to hook me up w/ I'm looking to test all the free antivirus progs one by one and check out how they do timing/detection/invasiveness/user friendliness etx. Send me a pm or soemthing
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