Are Anti-Virus Companies Responsible for Viruses?

United States
May 15, 2007 7:27pm CST
I always hear of people stating the Anti-Virus companies like Norton and McAfee are the ones who put the viruses out in the open just so they can stay in business. What do you think?
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@mugzy528 (801)
• United States
16 May 07
I dont think so.Since there are so many Kids out there and Adults hanging out in chat rooms an things trying to compete for the Glory of it. I have been In chat rooms before seeing stuff like this there are way to many people out there with way to much time on there Hands Trying to do Destuctive things to Peoples Computers Just for Fun. Its kind of Sad If ya .ask me. Have a Great Day/Night
• United States
16 May 07
I've always been the type of person where if I find a flaw in an O/S I'll build an unpatched system at my house and exploit my own systems. That to me is actually more fun because then I don't have the fear of cops banging on my door in the middle of the night. Plus I'm at liberty to openly show people what I've done. Since it is my own system that I'm exploiting in my own house, I have no fears :)
@mugzy528 (801)
• United States
16 May 07
LOL..That's Really Cool.
• Nepal
16 May 07
I think they are develop virus than develop antivirus, for their market, many customer says they are responsible virus.
• United States
16 May 07
I definately think A/V companies put out the minor annoying viruses. The ones that don't really do any harm, just display pop-up windows that are meaningless. It's a good way to get and maintain business.
@h_gaurd9 (988)
• United States
16 May 07
This is something that I never heard of. It could be true. I used to have Norton Anti-Virus and that made my computer even worse. What a scam. It has to be for business. In the past, I had problems with viruses on my computer. I would get viruses from downloading programs of the internet. I used to be a heavy downloader; I would download everything I came across the internet. Well, I had to pay the price. Eventually my computer would cause an error due to a virus. My dad buys Norton Anti-Virus and I install the program immediately. It's done setting up and it begins checking for viruses and success. It was doing well for a couple of weeks until it started to get on my nerves with all of these pop-up messages that eventually screwed up my computer. I got rid of Norton and decided that it's just not good for my computer anymore. A lot of Anti-Virus programs out there aren't worth it. The best way to keep a virus off your computer is prevention. This means no downloads or if you want to download something, make sure it's from a legit website. Oh, one more note:: any Anti-Virus pop-up that repeatedly shows up on your computer without permission are the ones to stay clear of.
• United States
16 May 07
On my home systems, I haven't run any Virus protection in years. I keep all my systems patched, my IE settings set to the highest it can go. Then I use anti-spyware programs to take care of the spyware garbage. In general, if your system is completely patched, you will not get a virus. You may get infected files, but the virus will not be able to do what it had initially intended.
@vamisola (906)
• Australia
16 May 07
Yes, possibly! But not really sure which companies. It's a business strategy for them. They make a virus and then sell anti-virus for it.
• United States
16 May 07
The true conspiracy theorists claim that they all support each other. For example, Microsoft puts out an operating system with holes in it, and then leaks the wholes to the A/V companies so they are aware of it. The A/V companies put out a virus and virus protection to protect your system temporarily. Meanwhile Microsoft says the official fix can only be handled by updating to their latest operating system. There are some people I work with that truly believe that. Me personally, I don't think it's that deep, I don't think the companies have the time to plan this stuff out. Although I do think A/V companies write the littel viruses that aren't that destructive. Just the ones that are a nuissance.
• Norway
16 May 07
NO i dont think so but its young teenagers who dont have a life and tries to destroy for onnest people using their computers to important things.
• United States
16 May 07
That's probably why my parents never let me have a computer in my room. Left up to my own devices with enough time on my hands I may have ended up doing the same thing 8)
@raredog (743)
• Philippines
16 May 07
Yeah i've heard stories like that so many times. I guess they are just intriguing the companies. But when you think of it closely, it will come up that they will have nothing to sell if there will be no more new viruses. Something to ponder.
• United States
16 May 07
There's also the side that people seem to forget every now and then. The top programmers that are in these companies are people that have been previously busted for writing and launching their own viruses. Kind of makes one wonder...
@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
16 May 07
We have all heard this type of story, although I cannot give any real credence to the suggestion. It has also been rumoured many times that the type of virus that infects Microsoft Office and migrates from one office program to the other is generated by members of the development team at Microsoft. The argument is that they are qualified due to their in depth understanding of the program. These type of stories are alsways popular because of the gossip value, but as I previously stated they are quite unfounded.
@alpine_007 (1476)
• Pakistan
16 May 07
i ahve also heard stories about this that first antivirus companies make viruses and send them to the computer via internet or any other way and when the people get irritated from the virus attack thwen they introduce antivirus for it in the matket to remain in the business and earn more and more profit but i can't say that how much of this news is true,