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Heroic Survival

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 24, 2014, 8:15 PM

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** Heroic Survival **

       

           

It has now been about 5 years since I have installed Windows 7 in this PC, and thanks to Kaspersky Anti-virus + Comodo Firewall, I had everything working well and dandy... until today. After years of attempted hacker attacks and Trojan invasions, security has been compromised and things started to malfunction.

Although Kaspersky AV and Comodo Firewall hate each other's guts, they make a formidable pair to keep web attacks outside my workstation. I find it incredible that it took 5 years for external attacks to finally bring Win7 down over here. The most common case in the past was to get infected with viruses at least once or twice a year. There was a case in the past when a virus infected Norton AV and used it to spread itself in the background, waging havoc in small doses until Windows would eventually not boot anymore.

Website attacks have become cleverer too. Phishing attacks can now reproduce known sites, like banks and even the DA login page, with astonishing attention to even the smallest details, fooling people into giving away their passwords and personal information with ease these days. Fake emails from people you know can be fabricated by sniffing email traffic and stealing addresses and names that make sense to you, which are then used against you.

Fake websites create very convincing PC maintenance programs that promise to clean your registry and remove malware, while in reality they are used to do exactly the opposite. More recently I have found this "free" program called "regClean Pro" from a company called "Pareto Logic" that is advertised to make miracles in repairing your computer and removing malware, even claiming to be a "Microsoft Partner" all over the website and products.

To my surprise, they have countless forged websites containing fake reviews from fake users. Whenever you seek for "Windows 7 error 1406", which is the error I was having, about the first ten links point to their fake sites, where miraculous fixes are described by people who have supposedly tried their program. But when I looked at more known sites like Tom's Hardware, the reviews are pretty much the opposite, where people claim Pareto Logic to actually have multiple different company names, and the same program they offer is also found with several different names - to evade getting caught with their scheme.

Large companies like Adobe, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Apple have been victims of hacker attacks this year, where they had to publicly apologize after user account information was stolen from their sites. The worst part was that this was happening much earlier than they admitted to have realized. My Adobe account was stolen twice this year, Yahoo account once, and my DA account once - all this just in 2014!

Today my Win7 has finally been successfully damaged, and I will have to re-format and reinstall everything. I started this by claiming that Kaspersky AV and Comodo Firewall do a terrific job keeping things safe, so how did it happen? Well, some programs will not install without disabling the AV and/or firewall, and that creates a window of opportunity for attacks to get through. There were also some partially successful hacker attacks over the years that started to build up and affect performance.

Performance is also something that gets affected by this. Anti-virus, anti-malware, and Firewalls create an additional layer between what you want the computer to do, and what it has to go through before it can get it done. Every file has to be examined by the AV before you can actually do anything with it, and consider the hard drive is the slowest part in a computer. Every web transfer and site loading has to be examined by both the AV and the firewall to determine if it's safe, which of course, affects internet speed.

I was still a student when I first saw a computer virus, and I remember how simple things were before them. It took a while for the entire world to understand and cope with the idea that computers were now under constant stealthy attacks, apparently for no reason. The very first viruses were created by highly talented and skilled students from respectful universities, who apparently had nothing else to do with their time. While some were just harmless, others went as far as to erase your hard drive and show a message on the screen telling you there is nothing you can do to stop it.


           

Make no mistake - creating a computer virus requires deep understanding of low level computing and hardware architectures. Our modern computers and operating systems have changed drastically to accommodate security and performance, but so far attacks have always been cleverer than the defenses. New attack variants are created almost every day by highly skilled people with university degrees - and apparently a lot of free time in their hands.

The culmination of these ever-evolving attacks is us being held hostage of nearly every action we do in a computer. Open an email, execute a program, or just browse the web - all these simple things can be harmful. Over here, my current combination of AV + firewall has kept my PC safe for 5 years, which can be considered a heroic survival in this jungle, but not without drawbacks.

Although Kaspersky AV has been the best solution I have tried in the last 20 years, it can often be annoying and paranoid. When I am working with computer programming, sometimes I have to make changes to the Windows Registry, and the AV occasionally confuses that with some sort of attack, and automatically undo my changes and even delete my files in the way. Sometimes I create programs that need to load other programs, and the AV tends to think that is some sort of virus, and either deletes my files right away, or put them under quarantine for further examination.

Kaspersky's "heuristic" approach tries to identify possible virus attacks that were never seen before by examining what the program is trying to do. Most other AVs simply identify viruses by their file signature, which can easily fail to identify new variants. The problem with heuristics is that there is a lot of guesswork involved, and innocent programs can get caught in the crossfire. The solution is to add programs I know are safe to the AV's ignore list, in case they get caught. Annoying, but it works.

Even though I am a quite experienced user, sometimes even I can't tell if a program is safe, and that's where danger lies. Over the years, I have occasionally made mistakes and let dangerous objects pass through security, where bit-by-bit they accumulate some damage. Sometimes it can be fixed, and sometimes only partially. As a matter of fact, it has been increasingly difficult to identify what is safe and what is not these days.

As a side note, for as long as Steve Jobs was alive, to the best of my knowledge, he has always claimed Apple computers were not affected by viruses. Although that is not true, Microsoft holds a majority of over 90% of the market, so hackers obviously aim for the biggest share where they can do more damage. As Linux grows in popularity, chances are it will also become a target of attacks as well.

Although Linux security has been known for being top-notch, it is still not popular enough to become a target, so it's still probably the safest platform out there. Even social networks such as Second Life has been victims of hacker attacks. They have found loopholes and managed to steal large amounts of virtual money from people. Nowadays, even portable Android devices are attacked by viruses, Trojan horses, and phishing, so basically everything is under attack.

So today, this accumulation of years of little mistakes has finally damaged Win7 good enough so I will have to re-format and reinstall. This is the culmination of all the hard work and determination of all these people who create computer viruses. This is why they do what they do - to damage your software good enough so it brings your computer down. In most cases, this doesn't make them any money - they are just happy to bring our computers down. In other cases they can make money by selling your personal information, or stealing your credit card and banking info.


           

Anyhow, I will spend the next few days rebuilding my workstation back to usable state. Reinstalling and configuring things the way I like will take good part of the time. Kudos for all the hardworking hackers - their plan is working!


       





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Chances are that nearly everybody likes collecting things during their life. My mom collects dolls from different countries, my friend collects stamps, another one collects buttons and so on. I collect Anime videos and have been doing so for over a decade now.
But the funny thing is that those collections only have a meaning to us. You might have a grandparent who passed away and left their own collections of something behind, and your family doesn't have a clue on what to do with it. If it's valuable maybe it can be sold. If not, it will either be dumped somewhere or donated to whoever might want it.
My wife and I went to some antique shops the past weekend and I couldn't help noticing how many meticulously preserved collections we found there. We found things of all sorts, like Coca Cola collectables from the 1950's and classic car miniatures from the 1960's. I remembered some of those things from my childhood (I was born in the late 60's) but never imagined someon
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ShadoGal Mai Chronicles IShadoGal Mai Chronicles I: Living Forever
There are many vampire stories based on the fact that life loses its meaning if you cannot die. Those stories tend to emphasize that life itself can become a burden in such cases, because after a few centuries there is nothing much of new to be seen or learned, especially because history tends to repeat itself over and over.
That's how I defined the personality of ShadoGal Mai, my wacky half-vampire (damphyr) character. One can become quite bored after living for 500 years, and many books and movies have covered aspects of it, such as "Interview with a Vampire" and "Highlander". But in those stories the characters were nearly all male, and I here I wanted to show a female side of the story.
Human nature dictates that we will value the most what we don't have, or things that are rare and thus, precious. But immortality makes life itself worthless. In a vampire perspective life has advantages, although they have to live without a good deal of the
ShadoGal Mai Chronicles II====================================
ShadoGal Mai Chronicles II: Fay and the Scroll of Dhakr
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One thing to keep in mind is that Mai us a supernatural being. She inherited a vampire hypnotic gaze that can paralyze humans with ease. After a "love bite", they become addicted to her highly arousing ways and will tend to come back for more at regular periods, which is very convenient for both sides. It's like the next step in the vampire symbiotic evolution, which is described in the "Unification Prophecy".
Mai doesn't like fighting and in most cases she never has to. That's the nature of vampires. She can paralyze any human just by looking at them in the eyes, no matter their physical strength - the gaze paralyzes a human (or even animals) by freezing their souls right at the core. Besides that, Mai has the strength of 10 men, which means trying to defeat her by brute force is unlikely to work by all means. It's not physical strength, but rather a
ShadoGal Mai Chronicles IIIEpisode III: Dawn of the Ancients
Fay was sitting comfortably on a sofa in this magnificent mansion. She was used to be at different places every once in a while, because her job forces her to move from place to place every few decades. There were five men around her, looking very suspicious of the new location. The older one, Vance, was particularly uncomfortable with the place because it has too many windows. He was not concerned about his privacy or anything, but instead about his own safety, since sunlight can be quite inconvenient to most vampires – especially the older ones.
They spent the following hours painting all of the windows black, and only then Vance could finally sit and rest on the large and decorated sofa where Fay had already fell asleep. How long has it been since the five of them have been faithfully following this woman? It becomes hard to keep track of time in terms of human years, since numbers in that system can quickly grow large. Vance thinks to himsel

-ShadoGal Chronicles IV-~ShadoGal Chronicles~
Episode IV: Legend of the Primal Princess

Legend claims the queen of the extinct race of the "Ancients" had four beautiful daughters, where the youngest was Mai (500 years old) and the oldest was Sethalus (8,000 years old). None of the girls knew of each others existence or of their significance on the events to come. As far as they know, they are the only ones of their kind although deep inside they want to believe there are others. Vampires have mixed feelings about them because they are not harmed by most of the common things they fear, such as direct sunlight and holy objects. The girls have become outcasts of both human and vampire societies, often seen as abominations. To some others, they are perhaps the answer to a long forgotten vampire prophecy that foresees the return of the "Ancients", from whom legend says the first vampires descended from.
With her fixed bat wings and pointy ears, Sethalus can walk in broad daylight and even eat human food. Ev
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~A bird? A plane? No, it's...~
PART I:
One of the advantages of being 500 years old is that you have probably already seen it all. ShadoGal Mai was in a trip to the Big Apple when she spotted an interesting male figure flying in cape & tights over the city - but without any wings. Well, Mai has many superhuman powers, but flying without wings is certainly not one of them. Even less at speed! Very curious, She followed the man in tights until he landed somewhere in the streets. He apparently found somebody in distress and went down to help. Mai was very impressed by him: how can he have so much strength? Dad said I can't go out with human pets, but what about him? He can't be human!
PART II:
Mai followed the guy in tights until he went back home. As she hid inside his house, she sneaked around until she found the perfect opportunity to give him a little surprise 'love' bite from behind. Mai used her inherited vampire powers to keep the guy still while taking a sip. She immediately notic


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EnpressAlkaid1 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
That "Click the differences" stuff you do to Witchking00's stuff needs to be toned down a bit. I got it down to 2 left and I could not for the life of me find them. 

Maybe next time no more insanely tiny changes? lol
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for playing! Witchking00 has chosen the first 22 differences, and I have added 7 more. I will advise him to make larger differences if we make another collab game. ^^
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EnpressAlkaid1 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Just remove the last 3 hardest ones XP 
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
There will be some changes later today. ^^
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monstre210 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for fav!
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's character style I want to model too. Do you have a front and side orthographic reference I could use just for the head? ^____^
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monstre210 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yeah why not .... Is there a way to only send you a message with a picture?

only for your eyes... ^^

I'm just a beginer on deviant...
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Sure, you can reply to the note I have sent you. Check your notes. ^^
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Thanks for the Llama badge Sir Ken!
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You're very welcome! ^^
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